Wearing History Patterns Giveaway

January 31, 2012

You know, I’m starting to get a little jealous of all these awesome giveaway prizes you guys are getting. February’s giveaway comes from someone who requires no introduction (but will get an introduction regardless)…

The lovely Lauren of Wearing History (who is also one of our longtime contributors) wants to spread the gift of pattern love by letting you choose any Wearing History pattern your heart desires…



…and if your heart is anything like my heart, you’ll have to talk it down from desiring all of them.



How to Enter:

To enter, saunter stylishly over to Wearing History and force yourself to commit to just one of the gorgeous patterns. Then sashay back here to leave me a comment letting me know which pattern you want and why.

You don’t have to pick one of the patterns I’ve pictured here – these are just some of my personal favorites. As I’m sure most of you already know, Wearing History also has a vintage pattern store on etsy – note that the etsy patterns are not up for grabs in this giveaway.




The giveaway closes on Wednesday February 15th, when the lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive whatever pattern they selected in their comment.



International Entrants Always Welcome

As with all giveaways on We Sew Retro, this is absolutely positively open to everyone worldwide. The only humans who we can’t deliver to are currently on a space station in orbit. Everyone else is golden πŸ˜€

Good luck!


  1. I’m torn between the ’40s apron and the ’30s jumper. If I win, why don’t you toss a coin for me? I’d be happy with either pattern.

    (Like it matters — I never win things. Oh, but what if my name is drawn this time and I’m disqualified because I haven’t narrowed it down to just one pattern? Okay, okay — I choose the apron!

  2. I would love the “Moderne” – 1930s Art Deco Dress Pattern (#3015). So striking and elegant with all the details!

  3. Love a lot of them but I’d have to go with the Smooth Sailing, since my life needs more pants and tops and less stuff that I love to make but rarely wear. I also like the hats.

  4. So hard to choose just one, but since my abilities are definitely “beginner” I’ll go with the 1940s Apron pattern. It’s adorable and I actually think I could make it without messing anything up!

  5. I love the Sailor Girl Playsuit! I need more playful summer clothes and I bet the shorts would be great with tights in the fall.

  6. I like reading everyone’s comments–some of the pieces others had picked out I hadn’t seen yet. I have to say I’m rather intrigued with Downton Abbey at the moment and would love a chance to peek at the 1913 e-catalogue over there…in fact, for 4$ I might just do that right now! Can’t wait to see some of their other Edwardian patterns when they come out.

  7. Oh, cruel you. To choose just one from those lovelies is so hard. I’m now inclined to say the Moderne 1930s Art Deco Dress is my favourite.

  8. I follow the Wearing History blog and often drool over the patterns in the shop, dreaming about how I could fit them into my overall wardrobe development plan.

    Right now, I’d have to pick the Sporty Toppers, though. I recently moved from Sweden to western France and found that my current hats don’t quite work here. The hat I normally wear all late autumn through to early spring is too warm unless it’s a freakishly cold day, and I need more hats between my height of summer hat and my autumn/spring hat, that I really didn’t need in Sweden. Right now I’m knitting a 1940s turban more suited for the French cold season than my thick Italian wool felt hat, but I still need more and the Sporty Toppers could easily fill the gaps.

  9. I ‘m a fan of the Tea at Two pattern, as I adore the design. It would be a real challenge for a beginning sewer and would allow for lots of different looks. It also reminds me of some of my favorite old time hollywood movies.

  10. Lauren has such great taste- I think the Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs Pattern is totally drool worthy- firstly every gal needs “sports togs” in their wardrobe- what an awesome fashion term- and I have been eyeing off those pants for a while as they look so versatile!

  11. It would have to be the Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs. My last reliable source of comfortable, well-fitting jeans just changed their slopers and now they’re as uncomfortable as every other brand I’ve tried, so I’m on a trouser-making mission!

  12. I’m really torn between Modern and Lounging at the Lido… I’ve been admiring both since they first came out! I guess I would probably wear the Lido ensemble more often, though.

  13. I would be committed to and for the 1930’s Beach trousers and Halter Top. The outfit is comfortable and wearable and sexy. It also shows Lauren’s true talent because she made an elastic waist pant hot!

  14. I fell in love with the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern. I go to burlesque parties every other month and it would be nice to show up in something truly retro inspired for ones. And would love to have a more retro inspired closet. This could be a good start. πŸ™‚

  15. … the Moderne- 1930s Art Deco Dress Pattern is my choice. with some tricks and a lot of patience i could maybe turn it in to a wonderful maternity and birthday party summer dress. And do it all over again in fall in the original version. could be a lot of fun.

  16. While I’m normally such a 40’s girl (and I do love that apron!) I think I’d actually have to go with the late 1930’s Jumper, Dress, and Blouse Pattern. I love the blouse with its billowy sleeves and keyhole neckline.

  17. Right now I am studying 1940’s beachwear. I have been searching for a pattern for a cover up and the Sunkissed Sweetheart- 1940s Sarong Separates Pattern is just perfect πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  18. Such a hard decision, I love all of thier patterns and have had my eye on quite a few for a long time. The one pattern that I will go with is the sailing smooth ( ). I chose it because where I am just starting out in vintage and making clothing, I still need lots of staples and that has a beautiful blouse, shorts and pants! I could see making lots of each part of the pattern!

  19. Pick just one… well if I don’t choose the 2 I already own I would say my next favorites are a tie with Chic Ahoy- 1930s Nautical Slacks, Halter, and Bolero Pattern and Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs Pattern!

  20. they’re all good! But I’d have to go with practical and say #3018: the 1930s Jumper, Dress, and Blouse. I could wear that every day!

  21. Oh, I’d love the 1930’s Art Deco Dress Pattern! I have a length of dusty purple linen lying in my sewing room, waiting for inspiration…and I think I’ve found it!

  22. I love the Chic Ahoy 1930’s nautical separates pattern. I’m going to Disney World this summer and I think these would be fabulous for running around in the park.

  23. Oooh! All the Wearing History patterns are lovely, but I think the β€œ1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit” is my absolutely favorite! I think the shorts are so cute – I don’t usally do shorts, but these look like shorts I could get on board with! I can totally see myself wearing this super cute ensemble by the beach this summer, feeling confidant and knowing I am the most stylishly dressed gal at the cookout! πŸ˜‰
    (Sorry, had to post a second time because I got so excited, I forgot to put my contact info in the first time, LOL!)

  24. I love the 1040’s Apron Pattern and would love to make it as a gift for my sister who makes the best cupcakes in the world! (Hmm, I might be a teeny bit biased but they are really, really yummy!). And if I could find a fabric with cupcakes on it then that would make the gift all the more perfect.

  25. I would love to have the Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs pattern, because, well, I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and already have a 10 month old and a 4 year old. And I’m thinking the pants are high-waisted enough to hide a postpartum pooch and the top works for nursing. And I would love to try and adapt it to make a pair of jeans like Casey did at Thanks for the opportunity to win such beautiful patterns.

  26. I Love WH’s blog; her sewing is beautiful and I learn so much from her projects. My fave pattern is Moderne – 1930’s Art Deco dress.

  27. Ahhh I can’t choose! They are all so wonderful. I think I would like the Ahwahnee Blanket Coat Pattern, though – it’s so unique, and I would spend the rest of the year obsessively looking for the perfect blanket πŸ™‚

  28. SO hard to pick just one. I’d probably start with the Afternoon Dress (“Tea at Two”) because it seems a logical place to start a wardrobe. It would be like crack cocaine, though, because I’d then have to buy hat patterns, beach tog patterns, sport patterns, and everything else on the website just to feed my addiction!

  29. I love the Sailor Girl Playsuit. It’s hard to choose though because she just came out with an apron pattern that is so chic! But if I had to choose, it’d be the playsuit! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. Happy to be your newest follower. πŸ™‚ Sarh

  30. Sporty Toppers! I adore a couple of those hats, have never attempted making any, and have had my eye on this pattern for a while. The Moderne dress was a close second though, I will admit.

  31. I love the 1940s wrap dress pattern. Would be great to have something fresh and summery sewn up before spring/summer get here (in the US), so I could actually wear it!

  32. I would choose the Moderne- 1930s Art Deco Dress Pattern because I am a modest dresser for religious reasons, but still like to look stylish which isn’t always easy with dresses! This would be perfect for office wear or day time formal wear.

  33. The 1930s sports pants are my TNT pants pattern and to date is the only pair of pants I’ve successfully made (not without trying!) I’d like the 1930s Ahwahnee Coat – Blanket Coat Pattern since I’ve always wanted to try to sew a coat.

  34. I love the smooth sailing 1930’s pattern. The pants are fantastic and the shirt is great too! I want to see if I could make a full outfit. I have only ever made separates that do not have coordinating pieces.

  35. It’s the sailor style play suit for me – I had a very similar dress when I was at university which I loved. It’s my birthday today and I’m feeling nostalgic for my youth (ah, where did it go!) – and so that brings back a lot of happy memories!

  36. Well since we can’t win one of each and her swimsuit pattern is no longer available, I would love her sailor suit pattern. I would love to be able to go to WW2 weekend in that with my boyfriend. =]

  37. Oh the 1940s Sailor Girl playsuit for me please–I love that it’s something you just don’t see a modern equivalent of, and I’d love to make all three pieces to wear to the beach or park this summer. It’d also be a totally new look for me, and nothing like any of the patterns I already own.

  38. You have made this really hard!!! What wonderful patterns. But me being me with my vintage hat fetish… ahem, I mean business, I can’t resist the “Sporty Toppers”. TO DIE FOR cute. It was a toss-up with the “Victory Hats” but… Did you see that jaunty little fedora? Game over. I need it.

  39. I love the late 30s jumper, so simple for a beginner like me. Also easy to transition to early 40s. But I love them all!

  40. Love the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern πŸ™‚ just find somebody that can help me with making it πŸ˜‰


  41. Oooh I’d love to have the 1940 Sailor suit. I can see making it longer and it fitting into the 19teens. It could be made very cute for modern wear also. It seems very versatile and it’s hard to find a good sailor top in any of the pattern books now.

  42. I already have the fabulous Smooth Sailing pattern. I’d love to have the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit one. It’s so cute! I really like the side closure on the shorts and all the buttons and neat details.

  43. Its so hard to decide – i’ve got a couple of her patterns (which are amazing) but Chic Ahoy is definitely on my next to sew list. I’d love to win a copy!

  44. I love, love, love the the Smooth Sailing trousers. I’ve been trying and failing to find a pair just like that so I could make them I’d be the happiest of happy campers!

  45. This competition ends the day before my 17th birthday πŸ™‚ and I can’t think of a more perfect present than the beautiful Sunkissed Sweetheart- 1940s Sarong Separates Pattern.

  46. Moderne 1930 please! I am totally in love with vintage clothes, have been for 30 years. Now I am finally able to remake my wardrobe into clothes I love, and this pattern would fit right in!

  47. Such a tough call between the Smooth Sailing Sports Togs and the Sailor Girl Playsuit! I think I’d go with the Sports Togs because it’s more versatile. I’ve never tried a Wearing History pattern but would be really excited to do so!

  48. I LOVE Lauren from Wearing History! She’s so talented and such a great business woman. I’m super excited for this giveaway. I’ve been trying to perfect the fit of my Smooth Sailing trousers for a while….

    I would say I’d like the Sailor Girl Playsuit pattern. So much fun!

  49. Chic Ahoy- 1930s Nautical Slacks, Halter, and Bolero Pattern! I like it because it is office appropriate, and the others I could draft myself or adapt from patterns that I already have. This one is a complete set that I can make in several different fabrics and then mix and match. (I also really like the hats – but I need more office clothes.)

    I would be very, very happy if I won this pattern!

  50. ~ * β™₯ * ~

    Oh, oh – I would die for the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern!! It’s so cute and lately I have really been feeling the need for ‘easy’ vintage wear. As the mother of one cute, but busy little boy, an outfit to slip on and go is often the answer. I think that the playsuit would be perfect, and I am so excited for the chance to win one. Thanks so much!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * β™₯ * ~

  51. Ooh, what fun giveaway.. I’m so torn between the smooth sailon sport togs and the moderne art deco dress. Allthogh everything is absolutely stunning these stand out a little bit more i think… I think, smooth sailing wins by a nosehair over the art deco dress… maybe because it’s easier to wear the smooth sailing on an ordinary day?

    / Olivia from Sweden

  52. It’s hard to pick just one! I really like the 1930s Nautical Slacks, Halter, and Bolero Pattern. The pants look super comfy and would be great to wear to the office.

  53. Oh crumbs, I think it would have to be the apron pattern. It’s lovely! Also, think it would be mega easy to use the neck line to make a dress too… (big boobs need lowish necklines! Even if 40s clothing doesn’t generally allow!)

  54. OMG, the Ahwahnee Blanket coat pattern looks so cute and cosy, and winter is coming down here in NZ. It would be perfect for snuggling in on the way to work!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  55. Thank you for this great giveaway! I’m going to chose the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern. I love the fitted high waisted look and I’ve always liked sailor collars.

  56. Ohmigosh! I’m new to this website and to Wearing History patterns! I absolutely adore the 1940’s Sailor Girl playsuit! It’s so cute and summery!

  57. I always go back to the Moderne Art Deco dress, and I think it’s because I’m a sucker for assymetry. I have such a soft spot for Art Deco anyway, but those side buttons… *sigh*

  58. I LOVE the Smooth Sailing sports togs pattern – such a beautiful design! I love this pattern as it’s very modern for our times and the pants drape beautifully. The outfit is so feminine, I love classic designs such as this.

  59. First, I’d love the beach pajamas. Then I’d love the beach. Then I’d really love the free time to go the beach in glamorous pajamas!

  60. I just so love the 1930’s jumper and blouse. It would fit my figure and just look so precious! I have been lusting after all these patterns for so long.

  61. I’m in love with the Moderne 1930s Art Deco Dress Pattern! I’ve been wanting to make a dress similar to one that my grandmother wore in the late 30s/early 40s.

  62. I adore the Sporty Toppers- 1930s Hat Pattern!! I have never made hats before, but they are the perfect compliment to any outfit. I must learn how.

  63. Fabulous giveaway, I love all of Laurens patterns so it’s hard to choose, but would like Moderne- 1930’s Deco Dress in particular.

  64. I Adore the 1940 Sailor Girl Playsuit! One of these days I will get it somehow because I must have this outfit….probably in several colors!

  65. I want thsi pattern:

    Why? Well, I have an oddly shaped body and have a huge time finding pants that fit me. No jeans fit, none! And as I am a european size 42 I like to have pants fairly stright from the thigh down (sometimes hard to get in stores) and my big bum means I need them high in waist.
    All this to find in a regular store today? Almost inpossible!
    But! I have found that the style of pants in the 20-50ies oftehn fit as many are “sailor pants model” and have a high waist with straight legs.
    I just love that pattern as I’m sure if will fit me great!
    Thicker cotton fabric for winter (or ambye even wool) and a thinner linnen for summer!

  66. I love the Tea at Two dress. Perfect for wearing to lunch, to church, for walking the dog when I get a fancy dog who heels and lets the leash drape just-so to prove neither one of us are trying. When I get an office job, I would wear this dress and my granny glasses, and just wait for the right man to come in and I would take my granny glasses off, unobtrusively dab on some lipstick, and prove girls in glasses can still be pretty (even if she has to take them off to prove it). An all around getting-things-done dress. Just what I need.

  67. For me there’s no question. It would have to be the beach trousers and halter top. Hell, I’m about to buy a ticket to somewhere warm just to have somewhere to wear it!

  68. So difficult to choose but the 1940s sailor girl play suit is amazing! I can already think of three friends who’d suit a version…

  69. of course it’s difficult to choose, but i’m completely in love with the 30’s ‘tea for two’ ensemble. i’ve worked with vintage and costuming for a long time, and i love the 30’s because they seem to epitomize all our favorite elements of the different eras- sleek and deco influences of the 20’s, draping and glamour of the 40’s, adorable hats and details from the 50’s, etc. this dress makes vintage, and what we all love about it and strive to capture, seem so accessible. and the colors in the example are to die for, too. πŸ™‚

  70. I would love the 1940’s sailor girl playsuit! I’ve had to move halfway across the world and leave my lovingly sewn retro garments behind, so I think this would be the perfect thing to restart my wardrobe πŸ™‚

  71. I would love the Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs pattern. I’ve recently fallen in love with early-mid century clothing and haven’t gotten around to making some awesome trousers. I’ve stumbled across your blog so many times and wanted to get it (and the deco dress, and many more at that), it’s so cute! (:

  72. I would choose Tea at Two. It reminds me of my mothers style when she was young. It also would be perfect for my nieces wedding in July. Just lovely!

  73. I simply adore the Moderne pattern. It is asymmetrical Art Deco heaven, although I just know I would have a heck of a time deciding between the two different sleeve treatments!

  74. Such a hard choice! But I think the Palisades wrap dress is what I would wear the most. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway. Can’t wait to see what the winner makes.

  75. I would love to win the 1940’s apron. My mum sewed me a beautiful apron for a Christmas present and I would love to make one for her, the style of apron and especially the heart shaped pockets would be perfect!
    Thank you for the chance to win and good luck everyone.

  76. Wow, this was a really tricky decision soo many cool patterns, glad to know these patterns exist.
    I love the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern (size A) because there is nothing better than a playsuit or two in the summer, they are fun and super cute. πŸ™‚

  77. I would LOVE the 1940s Apron Pattern. As I have said before, I was born in the wrong era and love ALL of the patterns, but for functionality purposes the apron is what I will go with.

    I am starting the Apron a Month Challenge on my blog tomorrow and this would be a PERFECT addition to the aprons I will be making over the next 12 months.

    Happy Valentine’s Day To You & Yours! πŸ™‚

  78. The jumper dress & blouse is just too cute! Perfect for exploring in the sun in the summer, but also cute enough to layer up over in the wintertime with some cute tights and a cardigan πŸ™‚

  79. I would pick the victory hat pattern or the smooth sailing 1930s Sports Togs or maybe the palisades wrap dress, if I win one I will have to buy the others!!!

  80. I would choose the Lounging at the Lido pattern. I live by the sea and this would be just perfect for days spent picnicing by the beach!

  81. I would love to break in my new Singer 160 with the 1940s Apron pattern. Returning to sewing after a number of years not sewing, this pattern looks like fun!

  82. I’d love to finally get that sailor playsuit/outfit into my hands. I’ve always wanted to recreate the outfit Bette Davis is wearing in that famous ice cream picture and I knew it’d be the perfect pattern to do so since I saw it. Plus sewing for Spring and Summer is here so I’m crossing my fingers πŸ™‚

  83. I want the sailor pattern. Why? Well, because I think it’s adorable and I love all things navy inspired. I love the Ahwahnee Coat, too, but I finally broke down and ordered it last month.

  84. I’d pick smooth sailing. I would love to have those pants! It’s so hard to find slacks with wide legs and pleats in the stores.

  85. I’m in the process of sewing some underwear, and I’d love to try my hand at sewing a bra, so I am interested in the 1940’s Digital Brassiere pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. I would go for #3017
    “Lounging at the Lido”
    1930s Beach or Lounging Pyjamas and Eton Jacket. I would love to wear this around the house in the summer.


  87. That is *not* an easy decision! I think the Late 1930s Jumper just edges it for me. I’ve been looking into jumper dresses recently – I’m always after practical and fashionable vintage styles that would also work as office wear for me!

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