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1930s Fashion

The fashion decade of the 1930s – Patterns to Sew

Although the 1930s saw a lot of difficulties resulting from the aftermath of The Great War, it also saw a lot of changes and styles, based on a fast paced ever changing world.  In quick succession, things were becoming obsolete, and new ideas and technologies were being adopted.  For example, in the 1920s, the corsets popularity as a fashion garment, and it’s being regarded as a ‘must have’ item, started to die off so that by the 1930s the [...]

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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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1950s Fashion

An Overview of 1950’s Patterns

The 1950’s were a time of ongoing recovery for people all over the world.  Those born during the second world war rightly felt something good had to come from what had past, and those born after were happily unaware of how difficult those times were. These varied experiences all mixed up in one lifetime of people produced new fashions and new styles that were both beautiful and different.  Those that felt they had enough of loss and deprivation were [...]

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1940’s Fashion Memorabilia

1940’s Fashion Memorabilia

The huge selections of 1940s sewing patterns that are available are an enjoyable thing to collect and own.  In the same way that memorabilia from the movies, from the war, the music, the railways, and even the popular entertainment of the day (radio, games and books) hold a fascination for us, so too do the clothing and patterns.  The ‘make do and mend’ attitude of the 1940’s can motivate even the avid shopaholic into a mode and sense of [...]

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Fashion Trends from the 1960s

Fashion Trends from the 1960s, Today

Here at The Vintage Pattern Shop, we’ve previously offered a history of fashion in the 1960s and shown you the range of patterns we have available for this decade. Today we’re going to highlight some of the key trends you might see this summer that takes inspiration from the swinging sixties. Pleats and Pockets It almost goes without saying that you can expect mini-skirts and A-line dresses, but for a true 1960s’ look, you’ll want to employ some pleats or pockets [...]

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1980s Vintage Clothing

Vintage Sewing Patters: 1980s Revival

The 1980s is known for being big and bold in every way – hair, shoulder pads, bright colours and bold patterns. It can be a challenge to pull off the style of the 1980s, but with our vintage patterns, it’s possible to take the best elements of the decade and put your own modern twist on it. For a powerful look, read on to find out more about vintage sewing patterns from the 1980s. Dresses and Skirts Having seen the rise [...]

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The Hippie Chic, Glam Rock, Disco and Punk Era

1970s Revival: Vintage Sewing Patterns Whilst previous eras were very much about following fashion and being on trend, the 1970s was about rebellion, breaking rules and putting your own spin on the trademark pieces. It was all about individuality, and how you wore staple items such as mini-skirts and bell-bottoms. The silhouette that was in vogue for both men and women was tight at the top and loose at the bottom. Fashion was liberated from the rulebook along with [...]

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1940s Wedding Fashions

Rationing and World War II had a huge effect on fashion and wedding attire during the 1940s. The ‘Make Do & Mend’ campaign by the government led to a flourish of creativity by the fashion conscious women affected by the rationing. When it came to weddings women often made their own dresses using fabric not subject to rationing or easily available fabric commonly used like parachute silk, re-worked old dresses, pooled coupons with other women and even wore dresses [...]

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1940s Revival

Vintage Sewing Patterns: 1940s Revival

As with every era, the 1940s featured a particular silhouette that women could create through their clothing. During this decade, it was popular to have wide padded shoulders, contrasted with a nipped-in waist. Full hips were accentuated with clothing in order to achieve the hourglass look. During and after the Second World War, clothing was more practical, and this included reusing other materials due to the rationing that also had an impact on the availability of fabric. Dresses and Skirts  Partly [...]

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1960s: Kings Road, London

Vintage Sewing Patterns: 1960s Revival

Fashion in the 1960s very much reflected the social justice movements that were happening at the time, breaking out of many previous fashion trends. Whilst the early 1960s were more conservative and classic in their style and design, they later became the precise opposite. Bright colours and psychedelic tie-dye swirls were all the rage, with flowing fabrics such as tunics and capes becoming popular. It was the age of the mini-skirt and women’s liberation meant more freedom with clothes [...]

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