Dating Patterns

Hi all! I just got back from my favorite fabric and pattern dive. I almost squeeled when I saw this pattern. It was marked as a 1940s vintage pattern but I shake my fist at that. It’s 30s if its a day. Anyway, it’s for a 30 inch bust which usually fits me so I [...]


I made a capelet for my daughter’s halloween costume… better late than never, hey?! Poison Ivy was a fictional character, enemy of Batman, created by DC Comics. She made her debut appearance in 1966. It was a very quick and easy project, self-drafted using the formula for a circle skirt with the addition of a [...]


Today I was looking on ebay for random vintage loveliness and I came across a couple of Modes et Travaux magazines from the 1950′s. I already have several but I have a problem and just can’t seem to stop… which led to me seriously diminishing my paypal account, and writing a blog post to make [...]


A version of this post originally appeared on Sew Retro and my own blog, but when I received an email earlier this week asking for the link to it I realized I’d stupidly deleted it from both places. Here is a new version with updated pictures. Mail order patterns are a too often overlooked treasure [...]


This blouse did first come to life this summer, when I was browsing the excellent pattern shop Midvale Cottage for vintage patterns, and I came across Simplicity 1782. It was love at first sight! All the pretty details on this pattern makes it truly one of a kind.  It is my first venture into the 1940´s, [...]


When do you think this pattern is from? I found this vintage petticoat pattern in an antiques shop in California, but I’m having a little trouble identifying the date. The pattern is numbered 7661, a “ladies’ six-gored princess slip or foundation”. It’s made by the Standard Fashion Company – some internet research tells me that [...]


Happy Holidays! To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away two $10.00 gift certificates for vintage sewing patterns at to two lucky winners.  Just leave a comment at Serendipity Handmade blog by this Friday to enter! Winner will be announced on Christmas Day. Best of luck!


This month Serendipity Vintage turns a year old. To celebrate I’m giving away two vintage sewing patterns to one lucky winner! Both of these gems hail from 1967: Just pop over to my blog, Serendipity Handmade for details about how to enter.  Good luck!


Dear sewists, I have a question and I think this is one of the best forums to ask it: do you know how to date sewing patterns precisely? I have studied fashion and costume all my life, so can easily place a pattern into a specific era and, with a little research, can limit this [...]