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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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Destined to Design

Can a person really be born to do something?  Not that it was felt within their very core that this endeavour was such a part of them they just had to do it, but that life, situation and circumstances meant that a person was never really going to do anything else.  For example, a person born in the public eye may find, that regardless of personality or preference, they would one day be a celebrity of some sort.  What, [...]

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The History of Fashion

History has been defined as the study or record of past events, particularly those in human affairs. What about the history of fashion? We can study where the fashion world has been in the same way, but in order to make sense of it, to understand the journey of fashion, we must recognise that it is human affairs that has directly influenced where fashion has been and where it continues to go.  Rather than fashion being the leader of [...]

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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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Diane Von Furstenberg

One of the most awarded and recognised fashion designers in the world, Belgian fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg has influenced, not only fashion, but a long line of women no doubt inspired by her dynamic entrepreneurial image.  To this day she still has a huge influence in the world of fashion, being very recently the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc (CFDA).  This organisation is a charitable council that supports the future fashion designers of [...]

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Christian Dior -The Designer Of Dreams

Christian Dior the Fashion Designer seemed to begin his career with a hit.  His iconic and well-known ‘new look’ that launched a new fashion era, and contrasted with the constrained style of war time, simultaneously re-established Paris as the leading light of the fashion world.  The Dior fashion house is still to this day noted as one of the most successful couturiers to come out of the 20th century fashion world. But this line that fashion director Christian Dior created [...]

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Elsa Schiaparelli – Why So Shocking?

When considering the life of any entrepreneur, the more you look into their achievements, the more you come across their life story and personality.  And the more you reveal of their personal history, the more their achievements and career choices make sense.  What I have read and studied of Schiaparelli’s life and art, has left me with the feeling that this woman was a enigma, a mix of romantic notions and fantasy along with the natural will and determination [...]

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