VV Free Patterns & Tutorials

LINKING: If you’d like post a link to an item from this page please link to this entire page and not just directly to the pdf file for the simple reason that I do occasionally  re-post updated pattern versions and direct-to-pdf links will then get broken. Here is the short link for this page you can use-   http://wp.me/P1iDbu-46  Thank you!

A brief reminder concerning copyright: 

The pdfs posted here, my photos & illustrations, how the instructions are worded and the pattern diagrams are all under my copyright.Please be respectful of my authorship and do not re-post my PDFs, diagrams, photographs or patterns anywhere else on the internet.  Thank you and enjoy

PRINTING:  Print at 100% scale. Don’t let your printer auto-scale, auto-rotate, shrink-to-fit, fit to paper etc.  

A4 (8.26″ x 11.69″)  vs US letter(8.5″ x 11″): I’m in the UK and work with A-series paper sizes by defaultA while ago a VeraVenus reader informed me that if you are using US Letter size paper some patterns (the knicker ones for example) may require extra tiling when printing.  However if you do print with A4 paper no extra tiling is needed. Now that I know about A4 vs US letter my more recent patterns will be tiled for both paper sizes.


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Cardigan/Kimono Coat
size Medium: bust 86cm-96cm/ 34″-38″
(view pattern for more measurements and info)
skill level: beginner to intermediate
Tiled patterns links:
and for those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full non tiled pattern:

Slinky Bias Slip

March 2014

in 3 sizes included on the pattern:

84cm-99cm bust / 89cm-104 hip

(33″-39″ bust / 35″-41″hip)

VVcream bias

Click here for tiled A4 pattern and instruction pdf  (24 pages)

  Click here for tiled  US Letter pattern and instruction pdf    (24 pages)


                       Slip Sewing text only    (4 pages)

skill level: intermediate-advanced



As seen in Making magazine logo

A project I recently created for the Dec.2013  issue of Making magazine:

A sleeveless 1950’s style dress with full box pleated skirt

UK size 10 :  approximately 34″ bust-27″ waist


Download A4 dress pattern and instructions

Warning : 33 pages to print !

If you have access to large format printer here are the full size patterns:

Download Dress Bodice A1 format (59.4 cms x 84.1 cms / 33.1 inches x 23.4inches)

Download Dress Skirt A0 format (84.1 cms x 118.9 cms/ 33.1 inches x 48.8 inches)

skill level- intermediate


Dinky Little Handbag

Dec. 2013

As seen in Making magazine logo


I’ve combined the instructions and template from the magazine with a home printable version of the bag pattern.

Click here to download A4 format

Click here to download US letter format

skill level; easy


UPDATED  May1 2014:

A couple of small notch corrections and more sewing instructions so hopefully easier for beginner sewers!  :)

A little something for the hot weather:  a Sundress bodice that can be added to many styles of skirt…or added to shorts for a playsuit.

VVSundressPatternCoverSized for a 35-37″/89-94cm bust but in my post about it here I describe how to make it into  bigger or smaller size

Download: US Letter Pattern

Download:  A4 Pattern

To go with it is my appliquéd circle skirt tutorial courtesy of Making Magazine.

Just click the picture of the magazine cover for the tutorial.

As seen in Making magazine logo

MM37 Final Cover


Little Bias Dress


The Little Bias Dress or LBD.

skill level: Advanced

An original pattern drafted by yours truly to make this little bias dress (UK size 10/12-US 8/10?)  with instructions on how to adapt the pattern to turn it into a  30’s style nightgown .

To download first there is a 4 page pdf which covers fabric, sewing the dress and adapting the pattern for the nightgown:

 LBD Sewing Instructions

Then  download one of the tiled pattern pdfs:

Download LBD  A4 complete pattern 


Download LBD   US letter pattern

!!Warning- the tiled pattern pdfs are  28 pages!!

Alternatively if you are able to get an A0 or  33″x47″ sheet printed at a printing service and would like the full sized pdf to send to them to be professionally printed  rather than stick 28 pages together with tape :(  just send me a message using my blog contact form and I will send you one :)


A Skirt drafting tutorial, mainly for the green 30’s style pictured but also covering a basic Pencil Skirt pattern and A-line skirt

Skirt Drafting TUTORIAL

March 2013

(typos corrected 9/14, thanks Tammy!)


1950's style

Pattern Pieces for Bucket Pockets now posted:

US letter Pocket Pattern

A4 Pocket Pattern



As seen in Making magazine logo

A Christmas project I did for Making Magazine 

Holiday Hottie Cover  instruction pdf as printed in Making November 2012

I’ve tiled the pattern separately for A4 paper printing  or for US letter size paper

(It includes the deer and snowflake motifs)


As seen in Making magazine logo

 A Christmas project I did for Making Magazine who have kindly allowed me to post it for SewVeraVenus readers

Pearly Elf Instruction pdf as printed in Making

The stocking  pattern is tiled either for A4 paper printing or for US letter size paper


As seen in Making magazine logo

Faux fur reversible stole.

A project I originally created for Making Magazine December 2010

Full pattern & sewing instructions

Download  VV Reversible Stole- pattern & instructions


just added: very detailed knicker sewing instructions-

Download: Sew-Along techniques in pdf form

Slightly flared 1940’s style French Knicker

The sewing instructions included are a short text only guide. If you would like a much more detailed tutorial see the Sew-Along techniques pdf above.
I strongly suggest making a pair in inexpensive fabric to try your pattern out and to make any fit adjustments before launching into expensive or irreplaceable fabric.
Also includes instructions for wide leg PJ trousers like the ones I did  to go with my 1930’s style PJ top below.
Happy drafting!
For those that really really don’t want to draft their own pattern you can download complete patterns I made earlier:
download: uk10/eu38/usa6
download:  uk14/eu40/usa10

VeraVenus30'sPJsMarch 2013 edit:

I’ve re-drawn the pattern in Adobe Illustrator so it’s easier to use than the previous hand drawn version and have slightly re-written the sewing notes too. So please do download again if you have previously downloaded the older version:

Download A4 tiled  30’s style PJ Top  pdf pattern 

Download US Letter tiled 30’s style PJ Top  pdf pattern 

Full pattern and basic sewing instructions in the PDF

Fits a  34″/35″ bust and with a little added to the side seams would easily fit a 37″bust)

See this Threads Magazine article on basic pattern grading.

                                                               Sewing level -Intermediate


An easy to make“Grannie-Pannie”  50s style big knicker pattern  in .pdf format

Download A4 pattern here 

Download USA letter pattern here

The pattern is UK size 10-12 but easily gradeable  up or down following the Threads Magazine how-to  in my links.

For one or two way stretch fabrics. The sample pictured was made from a 1-way stretch silk.

The sizing will vary  based on the stretch of your fabric…. I recommend that you make a practice pair first to get an idea of the fit!

sewing level-Easy


Download   30’s/40’s Retro style mini cape pattern pdf

Pattern only, no sewing instructions!


At long last the newly corrected Circular Knicker tutorial returns :)

(further typos fixed July 4 2014)

Click here to download the re-vamped  tutorial



download Beaded Picot Edging.pdf

How to do a hand beaded edging on an existing collar (or neckline, cuff etc.)

Sewing level-Easy



 Ruffle Top .pdf

 Covering the dimensions of the circles, how I edged and sewed them on- to be adapted for use on a basic top pattern you already have with useful tips on bias-binding a neckline for a professional look and how to do very  tiny machine pin-hems.


Shoe Print Top .pdf

A how-to on cutting and bonding the shoe appliqués from a vintage scarf and details of the blouse construction.

*No pattern is included but the idea is completely adaptable to any simple blouse pattern you already have.

Skill level- Easy,  for such an effective technique


                                            A brief reminder concerning copyright:

 The pdfs posted here, my photos & illustrations, how the instructions are worded and the pattern diagrams are all under my copyright.

Please be respectful of my authorship and do not re-post my PDFs, diagrams, photographs or patterns anywhere else on the internet.

Thank you and enjoy.

Краткое напоминание об авторских правах:

PDF-файлы размещённые здесь, мои фотографии, иллюстрации,  инструкций, а также выкройки образцов –  всё защищено авторскими правами.

Пожалуйста, отнеситесь с уважением к моему авторству и не публикуйте мои PDF-файлы, диаграммы, фотографии или образцы где-либо еще в интернете.

Кредит всегда приветствуется :)

Спасибо и наслаждайтесь.

I'd love to know what you think!

  1. Just to say I made up the Grannie Pannie pattern yesterday. Lovely. Very straightforward and nice to wear. Will blog about it soon. Thank you for your generosity.

  2. Thank you so much! I’ve spend the last month looking for vintage patterns and sewing all I can! Your blog is really inspiring and I appreciate your generosity. I will soon make the beautiful bias slip and the french knicker :D

  3. Lovley! The bias-slip I’ve serached for! And tutorial for french knickers! My first pair was a just a bit small. French seams kneeded more fabric than I thought at first. But next pair will be perfect I’m sure.

    • Show me when they are done, I’d love to see :) For the too small pair perhaps stripes of inset lace down each section would make them fit just right??

  4. Absolutely love your patterns, do you by any chance have a pattern in a size 18 UK for the Little Bias Dress?

    • Hi Diane, (If this is Diane A. I did actually email you back earlier this week in reply to your email to me ) but in any event the posted size is the only size it is currently available in.

  5. Thank you for yours expanations and details… it helps me a lot : I’m trying to sew a Little Bias Dress… with a personal pattern really similar of yours. But I realize how diffucult this fabric is complecate to sew !!! So many congratulations to you : I love your Web site and what you sew : This style of the 30s is absolutely charming and very feminine!

  6. hi! i love how you post free patterns and tutorials! im absolute beginner in dressmaking, so your site is very helpful. thanks a loooooot! :) :) :)

    • Hi Athina, thanks for saying so :) Best of luck with your dressmaking and if you have questions on anything I’ve posted just get in touch and I will try to help.

  7. I love your patterns and your style. Thank you very much for sharing with us. I wonder if there is a pattern for the pyjama bottoms? I have been looking around but couldn’t find any.

    • Hi Sara and thank you :). The pj bottoms are drafted from the French Knicker drafting tutorial. Or you could download one of the two sizes of French Knicker pattern I’ve posted and lengthen it. Have a look at the end of the FK drafting tutorial PDF for info on how to adapt them for pj bottoms.

  8. totally delighted to find EXACTLY the bias nightdress pattern I have been searching for! Many ,many thanks. Janet Meyer

    • Would be nice to see that wouldn’t it! Its the time involved in hand washing, ironing and general care of clothes that can’t just be thrown in the washer/dryer that puts many off I think.

  9. Do you have the pattern for the retro one piece swimsuit? Considering making my own swimsuit since it is so hard to find modest retro swimwear and if you do they are so expensive! Thank you!

  10. thankyou for allowing me to download your pj pattern, the pj top will make a lovely blouse as well regards Lorraine from australia

  11. These tutorials are fantastic! Wish they had been available when I was young and sewing for myself. I do plan to try the pj top once I try to re-size it.

  12. Hi VV!

    I am really new to sewing and I’m having lots of fun with your free patterns so far :) I absolutely love the French Knicker and the Circle French Knicker ones!

    I was just wondering if you had any plans to re-draft the Circle pattern as a PDF that you can print out and piece together, like the ‘original’ French Knicker one? As a novice, I’m finding it hard to get to grips with measuring and drawing the pattern out myself!

    Thank you :)

    • Hi Lisa, I’m sorry but I have no plans to have the circle knickers as other than a ‘draft-yourself’. However if you send me a message via my comment form and tell me more about which bit of the instructions you are finding difficult to follow I am happy to try and
      help :)

  13. I was searching something that was totally opossite to the comom retail and found you, thanks! in Chile this is non existent.

  14. It has been an absolutely pleasure looking at your patterns and making plans to use your patterns. You are an inspiration to young women like myself who love to make their own fitted vintage pieces thank you. <3 a million thanks Lilli LaFontaine

  15. Thank you SO MUCH for the stole pattern – I just needed a simple stole without poms or fabric (perhaps a satin lining only) and this fit the bill!!!! I just left out what I didn’t want. Would you like to get a picture of the finished product?

    • I’d love to see what you made! SewVeraVenus dot gmail dot com is an email where you could send me a pic if it isn’t posted on a blog or anything.

  16. Many thanks for sharing your French knicker patterns! I am trying to get back into sewing and these will be my starting venture :-)

  17. Thank you so very much for sharing all of these lovely vintage patterns. I especially love the panties. Thanks again and many blessings to you.

  18. Hi Vera,
    I have a question. Do you have a pattern of the bow you used for your lovely skirt above? I inspired my 50er dress I am sewing now on the model of your skirt with the bow. I would like to use this bow to place on my dress but it is for me abit difficult to dwaw so forthat I ask you if you have a pattern. If yes would you please sent it to me by email? Kind regards and very pleasant Easter to you and your family. Suzy

    • http://veravenus.com/2012/08/23/bows-into-darts-a-mini-how-to/
      Hi Suzy,
      I take it you mean the blue skirt bows? If so the link I added above will take to to the original post about that skirt and it describes how the bows are made. I give the measurements there for my bows but no pattern as it is simply a tube of fabric folded and pleated. If that post doesn’t tell you what you want to know come back and I’ll try to help further. I hope you have a lovely Easter too!

  19. If anyone else is having problems downloading the 1930s PJ top pattern, try this:
    Go to the top left corner of your internet “page”, click on “File” and one of your options should be “Save As…”
    Found this out through experimentation, as here at work (shhhh, don’t tell on me *lol*) we use an older version of IE which may or may not be causing problems for some users.

    And thank you SO much for posting these lovelies, VeraVenus…I can’t wait to try them out! This is very kind and generous of you…

    • Thanks for mentioning that. It is an option on all browsers I believe if a mouse left-click won’t do the trick. Also some of my pdfs may be a little slow to load because of size too, just depends on your connection speed.

      • Sorry I took so long to get back to you – I could download it no problem at home. I think the firewall at work was a little over-zealous ;) Thanks again for your help, and thanks again for posting these lovelies for us all to try!

  20. You now have a new follower. I saw the LBD design on craft gossip and came to see that pattern and am still on your blog. I see me begging my mother to help me make this dress (I have never made anything so “glamorous” before) and the pj top and skirt and who know what else. Thank you so much for the patterns and inspiration.

  21. WOW! I saw your bia dress on Craft Gossip, love it. Thank you as I thought I was the only one that loved vintage designs. THANK you, thank you, and thank you, I love your blog.

  22. Oh Hi, I just pinned some of your pictures on pinterest, with your name and the name of the pattern, http://pinterest.com/imogheena/sewing-patterns-i-have/ Then at the bottom I saw your copyright. I just wanted a visual record of what patterns I have. I’ll remove them if you don’t want them there. They link back to here. Please let me know.

    Either way, thanks for sharing your patterns and knowledge so freely :-) I’m keen to try some of them out!


  23. Hi! I subscribe to your newsletter. Thank you so much for sharing these patterns – they are great. One thing though, the 1930’s PJ top link or pattern is not working properly. Perhaps you need to upload that PDF file again? Thank you!

    • Sometimes the links just seem to break randomly and its great when people tell me as I don’t check them all the time. I’ll fix that now, thanks for telling me!

    • I’ve just checked on Chrome, Safari and FireFox… seems to be working ok. If you still can’t access it let me know via a message and I’ll email it to you if you’d like.

  24. Making magazine mentioned you on facebook, Im so glad they did, loving the blog will definitely be following. Thank you so much for sharing xx

    • Ah, that explains the sudden spike in referrals from FaceBook, I was wondering!
      I’m glad you like my blog and thanks for telling me that Making mentioned me… they are a lovely bunch :)

  25. There are several patterns here I would like to download, but when I click on the links, it just opens a blank page! Would you be able to email me the ones I like?

    • Hi Lisette, I just tested all the links on this page and they do seem to be working ok though some are slower to load than others.
      Try again and if you are still having problems use my contact form and let me know which ones you want and I will email them to you.

  26. Delighted to find you while browsing Mrs. Depew’s blog and listening to the Andrew SIsters sing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”! I look forward to making your knickers and grannie panties.
    Thank you VV!
    Lin Bee