Making a Vintage Dress: Patterns and Projects to Inspire
To follow up with my last post, How to Make a Vintage Dress: Tips for Sewing Success, I thought it would be fitting to share some projects and patterns to inspire your next dress.
Styles and silhouettes have changed greatly as the decades progress, and there are many to choose from when sewing vintage dresses. It may take some research and sewing a few different eras before you settle on your favorite. Vintage sewing can easily turn into a history lesson when diving into different decades, but that’s half the fun of sewing vintage!
Without diving into that history lesson too deeply this time, let’s take a quick look at some beautiful dresses inspired by decades past.
A classic 1920s dress features a loose, boxy silhouette that is made feminine with drapey fabrics. If form-fitting dresses don’t appeal to you, you might give the classic Flapper style a try instead.
Photos via Miss Crayola Creepy
This clever alteration to the Sassy Librarian Blouse changes the original mid-century inspired top pattern into a long, elegant style that is reminiscent of an early 1930s tea dress.
Having versatile patterns was essential in the early 1940s, when much of the world was experiencing rationing and restrictions on fashions. A classic day dress can look just as lovely in cotton as it would in wool, which makes it a great option for both a day out and a casual night on the town.
Photos via Lucky Lucille
Photos via By Gum, By Golly
Remember when I asked what your authentic style and silhouette is?
Styles of the 1950s and 60s are making a big comeback thanks to popular TV shows like Mad Men and Call the Midwife. If you haven’t sewn a vintage dress before, a mid-century style is a great place to start. With a wide range of silhouettes and degree of difficulty, 1950s and 60s patterns are sure to suit any seamstress who wants a vintage dress for our modern times.
Photos via seam33
Ready to start sewing vintage?
For in-depth instruction on how to add vintage design details to your sewing repertoire, check out Laura Nash’s class Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress. Not only will you create a fresh new dress with classic charm and personalized fit, you’ll also learn how to make a custom vintage-inspired petticoat without a pattern.