Did any of you see the recent stunning use of a vintage Vogue pattern by Riccardo on The Great British Sewing Bee? I loved this dress made from a set of charity shop curtains!
The pattern is the Vogue Paris Original 1483, faithfully tracked down for us by Rachel and Kate at The Foldline.
But as I began scouring the Internet looking for an undoubtedly expensive copy, it occurred to me that this pattern reminded me of a vintage Vogue pattern I’d already sewn with – the Vogue 5098. This also reminded me that, actually, vintage Vogue patterns are not that tricky to source.
So, here’s my collection of Vintage vogue patterns to inspire you all! A small, bijoux collection, but a collection none the less. And how I love them. I didn’t pay a lot – or anything – for these patterns. Sewing swaps, eBay, Etsy, car boot sales … these are all your friends. It wouldn’t take much research to imitate Riccardo’s make with your own set of curtains.
What a treasure trove of history these patterns are…
If you’re in any way inspired by the past, this is history you can hold up to your nose. We are lucky. We still have access to thousands of vintage sewing patterns to be picked up for pennies. I’ve always believed that history is not about men puffing on cigars in underground bunkers. It’s about the people who churned milk, swept cobbles and – yes – sewed patterns. It’s all around us, and via the medium of sewing we’re lucky to invite this history into our homes.
If you want your history-loving heart to skip a beat, just look around you. Go to your own charity shop.
And if, like me, you are a fan of vintage Vogue sewing patterns, keep your eyes peeled for a FREE giveaway coming to this blog soon.
Do you have a favourite vintage Vogue? Share the love in the comments! I might just have to seek out that pattern…