Understanding & Using Vintage Sewing Patterns ✄

What to Bring

  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • A vintage sew at home pattern you are keen to make

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • ✄ Relevant to all sewing levels

Understanding & Using Vintage Sewing Patterns ✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Three hours in duration

What You Will Learn

  • Where to collect vintage patterns, and who are the brands to look for
  • Reading the envelope, knowing the sizing and understanding the supplies: fabrics/notions
  • Protecting your pattern, laying out pattern pieces, understanding pattern markings

What You Get

  • An understanding of vintage sew at home patterns
  • Improved craftsmanship for better dressmaking results


Do you have a beautiful collection of vintage sewing patterns and you are keen to use these amazing designs?  We absolutely adore vintage sewing patterns, vintage styling and sewing from vintage sewing patterns. Our latest range of workshops are designed to get more people addicted to our favourite thing.

  • We'll talk about where to source vintage sewing patterns.
  • Learn to read the back of the pattern envelope.
  • Understanding vintage dress sizing.
  • What are the markings, or lack there of on vintage sewing pattern pieces?
  • Protecting your patterns.
  • How to layout pattern pieces.
  • Learn about the basic order of contruction and other things that vintage sewing pattern companies assume you know.
  • Tips and a glossary to help you understand pattern instructions. 

Bring along a pattern that you want to make and we'll spend the last half an hour going through your patterns and helping you understand them.  

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Book soon. 186 people viewed this class.
May 2017

A wonderful morning tea and discussion of aspects of vintage patterns. Very informative and also very social. I enjoyed seeing what other participants were drawn to in vintage styles. I also love vintage pattern artwork just for itself. Best of all was a peek into the wardrobe of vintage clothing from 1930's and clothing made from patterns from the 1930's.