Vintage Gallery

This blog is now more than eight years old, and has over 400 posts. That's a fair amount of information and pictures, so in an attempt to bring some order to the chaos I have created these gallery pages. They contain pictures of pretty much everything I have made in that time (and, I've realised, a lot of views of my back yard in various shades of yellow!), with hyperlinks to the blogposts.

This page contains all of my vintage makes. Most of them are made from either reissue or original patterns, with a few self-drafted items at the bottom. They are ordered by pattern brand, but entirely random in terms of either creation date or pattern date.


I hadn't realised just how many Butterick patterns I had made up until I came to put this page together. A few are definite candidates for re-use.

Left to right:
Butterick 6877 - 1954 original
Butterick 6582 - 1960 reissue
Butterick 5748 - 1960 reissue
Butterick 4384 - 1967 original

Left to right:
Butterick 5716 - 1953 reissue
Butterick 6620 - 1953 original, worn with self-drafted pom-pom skirt
Butterick 2535 - 1943 original


Some you win, some you lose. Simplicity reissue 1777, with some vintage improvements taken from the original version (4463) is one of my favourite patterns - hence the three versions shown here. Simplicity 1587 however remains the worst thing I have ever made!

Left to right:
Simplicity 1777, version 1 - 1940s reissue with a few period tweaks
Simplicity 1777, version 2 - includes some features from the 1942 original
Simplicity 1777, version 3 - includes some features from the 1942 original

Left to right:
Simplicity 2683, version 1 - 1948 original
Simplicity 2683, version 2 - 1948 original
Simplicity 1587 (aka The Dress of Frump) - 1940s reissue
Simplicity 4896 - 1944 original, worn with Vogue 7464 (hat) and Vogue 9546 (dress)


Style was one of my favourite brands, and I can't believe that I have only made up one of the Style patterns in my collection (albeit twice). This needs to change!

Left to right:
Style 2912, version 1 - 1979 original
Style 2912, version 2 - 1979 original


I'm not sure if this is still that case, but initially Vogue was the only one of the Big 4 pattern companies to create reissue patterns from the original pattern pieces rather than the pattern envelope illustration. To modern eyes, this can make for some odd pattern shapes and unfamiliar construction techniques, but I (mostly) enjoy the challenge of making them!

Left to right:
Vogue 2787, version 1 - 1948 reissue
Vogue 2787, version 2 - 1948 reissue
Vogue 8789 - 1957 reissue
Vogue 9546 - 1942 original

Left to right:
Vogue 8686 - 1933 reissue
Vogue 2859  - 1935 reissue
Vogue 2401 - 1952 reissue
Vogue 7422 - 1951 original


Drafting my own patterns is one of the (many, many) things which I really enjoy doing, but don't do enough of.

Left to right:
'Vegas Night' dress
Late 50s/early 60s pinafore dress
CC41 dress, version 1
CC41 dress, version 2