Tracking Down Vintage Vogue Patterns

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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.

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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.

Vintage Vogue Collage

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…

vogue sewing patterns from the past

vintage silko ad

handwriting on a sewing pattern

crumbling sewing pattern

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…

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8 Responses to Tracking Down Vintage Vogue Patterns

  1. Love vintage patterns! The trick, at least here in the States, is finding them in the correct size! I am not a exceptionally large person, just kind of curvy with a thick waist. I can usually fit in a 12 ready made and a 14 (sometimes 16) pattern depending on the style. There are not many vintage patterns in the resale market for 30″ waists, let me tell you!! Or maybe I’m cheap-I’m trying to economize by sewing not spend $25 or $30 for a pattern. The larger sizes are very difficult to find. Fortunately, the big pattern companies do reissue updated “retro” patterns so I can usually find the style I’m looking for.

  2. lauriesannie says:

    I love vintage Vogue patterns. The fit is very good for me. I’m just working on 4260, a dress from the 60s. The styling is more to my taste than some of the contemporary designs. Wish I could see the GBSB.

  3. Vogue 2859- I used the coat for my MOB outfit 7 years ago, and still wear it now over ‘normal’ clothes for work. It’s lovely. I haven’t made the blouse or dress, but I would if I had a waist!

  4. Beth Duffus says:

    Finding a vintage pattern in a charity shop is like finding an oyster pearl these days, though I recently got an uncut 1950s French dress pattern for £3 and then spent a good hour deciphering it with Google Translate.

    A couple of sites that might be of interest: sell a big range of digitally reproduced vintage paper patterns, thought they’re pricey at around £20 each.

    Also, which aims to list the vendors of vintage patterns, thought this is a bit hit-or-miss sometimes.

  5. Susan Krzywicki says:

    When I was young in the 60s, I bought Vogue patterns and saved all of them, so I still have them in the 21st century! That Mother of the Bride coat that one of your commenters showed is so cool. The world may be a very different place now than when I was 16, but one enduring aspect: the desire to create something of one’s own.

  6. SFord says:

    Riccardo for the win!!!

  7. Hemstitch says:

    I was struck by a coat worn by a fellow-walker in the park recently. Mostly, people don’t mind their clothes being admired 😉 and she was happy to tell me that she’d paid £10 for it in a charity shop. I had a look for labels and found one at the neck…a Vogue ” Paris Original” label that used to be included with patterns back in the day so that the maker at home could sew it into the finished garment. She was very pleased!

  8. PoundCake says:

    I loved Riccardo’s dress! It was the clear winner in my book. I have a stack of French pattern magazines from the 70s and 80s…never mind that I can’t read or speak French.

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