Author - Hannah Greenwood

Sybil Connolly

Sybil Connolly, Irish Designer – A Career ‘That Linen Built’

Sybil Connolly has been rightly credited with putting Irish fashion on the map as her designs travelled the globe and made waves in the fashion world.  Her most famous creation was The First Love dress.  Made from what seemed to be her favourite material to work with, pleated handkerchief linen, it held within its elegant and ethereal length, over five thousand pleats.  This piece simply wowed the fashion world and was described by Time magazine as “the dress that [...]

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All About 1950s’ Printed Fabrics

When creating a look from the 1950s, it is not just the pattern that you ned to consider, but also the typical printed fabrics that were used at the time. Today we will briefly touch on the fabrics you could use to create authentic 1950s-inspired designs, whilst focussing on the different prints that were popular throughout the era. Such prints included polka dots, plaid, gingham, abstract print, floral print, and Hawaiian print. Polka Dots Polka dots have been considered a staple [...]

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All About Our 1940s Printed Fabrics

During the 1940s, you will find popular prints include many varieties that were also commonly found within other decades of vintage inspired fashion. Here at The Vintage Pattern Shop, we are able to provide you with a wide variety of printed fabrics from the 1940s. Today we’re going to look at five key printed fabric types, including polka dots, plaid, stripes, checks and florals. Polka Dots Polka dots are the go-to print when wanting to create a vintage-inspired outfit, remaining extremely [...]

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1930s Printed Fabrics

All About 1930s Printed Fabrics

Throughout recent years, we often see a revival of fashions from decades gone by, and although the 1930s may emerge again within the next few years, it is often a forgotten era. The best way to be able to wear 1930s-style fashion is to sew it yourself. Here at The Vintage Pattern Shop, we can provide the first steps to doing it, by selling patterns and fabrics from the 1930s to get you going. Today we’re going to focus [...]

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1950s Vintage Knitting Pattern

All About our 1950s Vintage Knitting Pattern

During the 1950s, it was usual for people in general to knit their clothes by hand. In this era, clothing was made to stand the test of time. Rather than disposing of items with holes, people would knit them back up, or unpick them to knit into something new. If you make the choice to knit your own clothing these days, you see the true worth of the garments you make, helarding against the throwaway fashion culture created by [...]

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Men’s Vintage Sewing Patterns

Men’s Vintage Sewing Patterns Through the Ages

Here are The Vintage Pattern Shop, as well as an extensive selection of patterns for women, we do also cater to men. Our patterns tend to range from the 1930s to the 1960s, so today we’re going to offer an overview of men’s fashion through the ages. Then you can browse your favourite styles within our men’s vintage sewing patterns collection. 1930s The 1930s epitomised the idea of the triangular silhouette for men’s bodies, achieved by certain garments and the way [...]

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Vintage Fabrics

All About Our Vintage Fabrics

At The Vintage Pattern Shop, we not only provide our customers with the patterns themselves but also stock a variety of reproduced vintage printed fabrics for you to buy online. Sewing with these particular textiles on offer will allow you to preserve the authenticity of the look you are creating, whilst giving you the creative freedom to use your imagination. You can feel free to experiment with various elements, perhaps using vintage ribbon or antique linen to mix and [...]

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Vogue Vintage Sewing Patterns

All About Vogue Vintage Sewing Patterns

When it comes to vintage sewing patterns, you are exploring fashion through the ages. A big part of how fashion evolves also comes down to the wider parts of the industry, such as fashion magazines, which bring big designer brands into the mainstream vision. Today, we’re going to highlight the collection on our website that is inspired by arguably the biggest fashion magazine around: Vogue. Vogue Magazine Over a century old, Vogue began its life in Britain in 1916 as a [...]

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The Most Iconic 1980s Vintage Sewing Patterns

The Most Iconic 1980s Vintage Sewing Patterns

The 1980s is known for bold patterns, bright block colours, and – of course – shoulder pads. The age of the power suit, it was a time where women were able to reclaim their femininity and assert their role in the workplace, as well as be physically comfortable. Today we’re going to look at some other iconic styles of the 1980s, including some that you may think are not as obvious. Bodysuits A bodysuit gives a slim silhouette, and was a [...]

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1970s Fashion

Classic Style Ideas From The 1970s

When you’re looking to create a look from the 1970s it can be easy to fall back on stereotypical items. However, when you’re creating vintage items from original patterns, you want your outfit to say ‘fashion’ rather than ‘fancy dress’. Today we’re going to look at some style ideas that include classic outfits from the ‘70s that will still fit well with modern life. Casual Jeans The comfort of staple blue jeans was born in the 1970s, and you would see [...]

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