Author - Hannah Greenwood

A Decade of Extremes – Fabrics of the 1940s

By shopping at The Vintage Pattern Shop you can own a piece of the past with a vintage dress, a vintage blouse, or even a vintage apron.  These beautiful items have been passed down to us in a form or state that means they will never wear out or get old.  We have these items in pattern format, meaning that they can be created to the exact measurements and specifications that the designer originally intended, again and again.  Beautifully [...]

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Sew in Woven Labels – Our Support of Creativity

So far, 2020 has been, for many, an unusual year.  It has been a year of change, a year of solidarity and a year of making do with, and treasuring, what we have.  People, all around the world, have embraced the opportunity to be creative and learn something new to be proud of.  They are rightly proud, not just because they have learned new skills, or produced something new, but because they have taken a potentially difficult situation and [...]

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The History of Vintage Sewing Patterns

History, is the collection of events and actions that spans across a number of years, and continues to have a direct bearing on where we are, and who we are today.  For example, the clothing worn by someone from one country can differ greatly from the code and style of dress worn by another.  These fashions, and clothing styles can be as a direct result of their own individual culture and past.  Traditional dress is usually called so, due [...]

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Giving Your Vintage Garment an Identity

Since The Vintage Pattern Shop opened its new virtual online doors in 2017 it has seen many iconic fashions and amazing vintage clothing and products pass through our webpages to your shopping baskets and sewing machines, and ultimately your homes and wardrobes. Since The Vintage Pattern Shop first began its journey we have steadily become the largest company to stock and sell vintage patterns to all fellow lovers of fashion and fashion history. In 2018 it was, therefore, [...]

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1950s Knitting Patterns

Although it seems knitting has and always will have its place in the history books, providing generations with beautiful vintage knitting patterns, the 50s knitting patterns available at The Vintage Pattern Shop have stemmed from an era when knitting was more popular than ever. The previous decade had seen war time make new styles and colour scarce, and knitting was more of a necessity.  However, in the 1950s people craved change and a need to mark the times with brighter, [...]

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Vintage Knitting Patterns

Here at The Vintage Pattern Shop fashion is our passion. A catalogued history of fashion allows us, not just to see the styles and patterns of yesteryear, but to continue to create and wear these beautifully crafted garments. The art of knitting has always encouraged us to create and make clothing for ourselves and this is at the heart of what we love to do. Here we have a section on our website dedicated to providing you with a choice [...]

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Vintage Sewing Patterns – Newly Listed

At The Vintage Pattern Shop, in the pursuit of finding our fashion loving customers the most beautiful vintage patterns, we have an ever changing collection available. We know that sometimes you may be looking for specific vintage patterns for sale. We have therefore created a brand-new page to bring to your attention all of the newly listed vintage sewing patterns for sale on our website. The pursuit of fashion, new and old creates an obsession all of its own.  Even [...]

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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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