VV Free Patterns & Tutorials

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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 please do not copy and 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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Box-pleated Skirts  July 2015

*please note- this is a POST with a formula for working out number of pleats and fabric amount to your waist size, it is NOT an actual pattern*

Click the pic to be taken to the instructional post.

any size

skill level- easy

box pleat skirt drafting instructions

box pleat skirt drafting instructions


Sweetheart Halter Dress  July 2015Sweetheart sketchVVstriped50's2

 UK 12/ US 8 36″ bust/ 29″ waist

Skill level: Intermediate

A4 Bodice tiled pdf    &     A4 1/2 Circle Skirt tiled pdf

 US Letter Bodice tiled pdfUS Letter 1/2 Circle Skirt tiled pdf

VVSweetheart Inspiration

See below for French Knicker pattern you could make shorts from


Skirt Drafting tutorial for making a pencil skirt


Mock-Wrap Jersey Dress

April 2015

VV jerseyDressFreePattern

size and fabric info

VVjersey dress free pattern

24 page pattern + instructions (27 pgs to print in all)

!! It has just come to my attention that half of the sewing instructions in the full pdfs below are missing 😲

I will fix it asap (mid May) but in the meantime

you need to download the separate instructions as well as the pattern.


USA letter tiled pattern  

  A4 tiled pattern 

Full Size Pdf      (A0+   84.1cm x 166 cm)

Skill level: Intermediate


Pussycat Bow blouse

Feb, 2015

MMblouse pic

As seen in Making magazine logo

  BowBlouse Blouse size UK s/m: bust 89cm-93cm/ 35″-36 1/2″bust

Similar to the pattern for the blouse below it’s a a front buttoning bow tied round neck blouse- a simple kimono shape with tucks at the hip to shape.

I’ve included a little diagram in the pdf showing how I’d do a FBA to the pattern.

14 page tiled pattern and sewing steps:

USA letter tiled pattern and sewing instructions

              A4 tiled pattern and sewing instructions

Skill level: easy



Keyhole Neck Blouse

feb. 2015

A simple magyar/kimono style blouse. Worn with or without shoulder pads depending on what decade you are aiming for.

NB: My sample blouse has 2 keyhole cut-outs, the pattern has 3.

Change as you like.Magyar blouse

Magyar blouse flat

Blouse size UK s/m: bust 89cm-93cm/ 35″-36 1/2″

15 page download including  the 12 page pattern, a pattern assembly guide, measurements, cutting and basic sewing info.

See the pictorial on how to make simple shoulder pads -here-

skill level:  intermediate as the sewing instructions are basic and assume prior sewing knowledge. But you won’t know unless you have a go!

A4 tiled pattern

US letter tiled pattern



Cardigan/Kimono Coat

size UK S/M: bust 86cm-96cm/ 34″-38″
(view pattern for more measurements and info)
skill level: beginner to intermediate
Tiled patterns links:
 A4 tiled Pattern and info pdf
US letter tiled Pattern and info pdf
For those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full non tiled pattern:
 Full size pattern for LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY
 Info and instructions only pdf



Slinky Bias Slip

(and nightgown)

 3 sizes included on the pattern:

84cm-99cm bust / 89cm-104 hip    (33″-39″ bust / 35″-41″hip)

VVcream bias

Tiled patterns links:

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

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

For those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full non tiled pattern:


                       Slip Sewing instructions only    (4 pages)

skill level: intermediate-advanced


 50’s Style Dress

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 :  to fit approximately 34″ bust-27″ waist


Download tiled A4 dress pattern and instructions

Warning : 33 pages to print

For those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full size non tiled pattern:

 Dress Bodice A1 LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY    (59.4 cms x 84.1 cms / 33.1 inches x 23.4inches)

Dress Skirt A0 LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY   (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.

download A4 tiled format

download US letter tiled format

skill level: intermediate


UPDATED  May 1 2014:

Sundress Bodice

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.

Updates: A couple of small notch corrections and more sewing instructions so hopefully easier for beginners  :)

VVSundressPatternCoverSized for a 35-37″/89-94cm bust

Download: US Letter tiled Pattern

Download:  A4 tiled Pattern

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

                                                                                                                     Draft a skirt to any size waist

Circle skirt tutorial- drafting to your size & sewing instructions

As seen in Making magazine logo

MM37 Cover

Tutorial: Make a circle skirt to your own waist measurement.


Little Bias Dress (LBD)

LittleBiasDress free pattern

LittleBiasDress free pattern


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 Pattern info & Sewing Instructions

Then  download one of the tiled pattern pdfs:

Download LBD  A4 tiled pattern 

Download LBD   US letter tiled 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 :)


Skirt Drafting Tutorial

Draft basic skirts to your own size!

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 pdf

March 2013

(typos corrected 9/14, thanks Tammy!)


1950's style

Pattern Pieces for 50’s Style Bucket Pockets

US letter Pocket Pattern

A4 Pocket Pattern



Holiday Hottie Tutorial

Hotwater Bottle Cover

As seen in Making magazine logo

A Christmas project I did for Making Magazine 

Holiday Hottie Cover  instruction pdf

A4 tiled pattern or  US tiled pattern

(It includes the deer and snowflake motifs)


Pearly Elf Christmas Stocking Tutorial

As seen in Making magazine logo

 A Christmas project I did for Making Magazine

Pearly Elf Instructions

 A4 tiled pattern or  US letter tiled pattern


Mad Men Faux Fur Reversible Stole

As seen in Making magazine logo

Faux fur reversible stole.

Download  VV Reversible Stole- pattern & instructions


French Knicker Tutorial

very detailed instructions!

Download: Sew-Along pdf

Includes very detailed sewing instructions: cutting slippery fabrics, appliquéing lace and more

Slightly flared 1940’s style French Knicker

Download:   1940’s style french knickers: drafting tutorial
The included sewing instructions are a short text only guide. If you would like a much more detailed tutorial download the Sew-Along 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 pattern: uk10/eu38/usa6
download pattern:  uk14/eu40/usa10

1930’s style PJ Top  Pattern

(use my French Knicker tutorial to draft yourself some matching trousers)

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 pattern 30’s style PJ Top  pdf

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

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


50’s Style UnderPants

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

Download A4 tiled pattern

Download USA letter tiled pattern

The pattern is UK size 10-12 but easy to grade 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


1940’s Style Mini Cape

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

This is for the pattern only, there are no sewing instructions.


Circular French Knickers

tutorial to draft and make to your size

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

Download the tutorial



Pretty Beaded Edging Tutorial

Beaded Picot Edging.pdf

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

Sewing level-Easy



  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 please do not copy and re-post my PDFs, diagrams, photographs or patterns anywhere else on the internet.

Thank you and enjoy.

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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.

216 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kay
    Nov 21, 2015 @ 21:34:17

    These are absolutely beautiful. Thank you from Oregon for sharing!


  2. carolina
    Nov 08, 2015 @ 14:22:23

    Me gustan los patrones, gracias por ponerlo a disposición!


    Nov 08, 2015 @ 06:24:02



  4. Brenda auterson
    Nov 08, 2015 @ 04:11:01

    I so enjoy reading your posts. I love the pictures of you so glamorous in the finished garments. I hope you will write your blog again soon!


    • VeraVenus
      Nov 09, 2015 @ 11:53:46

      Aww thank you Brenda! I’m still here…. this year has been a tough one time-wise but planning to be more blog active again in 2016!


  5. Sharon Humphrey
    Oct 27, 2015 @ 00:59:56

    I am a beginner. Keep ’email coming!


  6. Bev Bailey
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 12:45:31

    I made the French knickers and the pattern was fabulous. Am now branching out on the vintage slip/nightie. What a great woman you are Vera Venus


  7. Danita Courtney
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 01:35:55

    Thank you very much for sharing the 50’s party dress! Love that style!!!


  8. Misst Knowles
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 01:57:47

    Thank you so much


  9. Marie carriker
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 02:44:06

    Thank you so much!!,


  10. gommy sylvie
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 16:09:13

    bonjour, êtes vous publié en France, merci


    • VeraVenus
      Sep 07, 2015 @ 16:46:00

      Bonjour. Je ne suis pas sûr ce que voulez dire vous par celui. Je seulement écrire en anglais. Mon Français est seulement très de base, peut-être pouvez-vous deviner cela ?


      • Myriam Cat
        Sep 07, 2015 @ 22:48:23

        Hi Vera! What gommy Sylvie would like to know is whether you are published in France. Maybe she would like to read your blog in French.

        Personally, I love your patterns and plan on making the knickers this week :) I’ll follow up with you on my results!



        • VeraVenus
          Sep 08, 2015 @ 07:47:21

          Hi Myriam and thank you on both counts. Thats what I suspected was meant but was confused by published as opposed to could I write in French. I wish I could!

      • Egla
        Sep 24, 2015 @ 11:12:58

        Vera, if I may, Gommy Sylvie wants to know if you are being published in France, i.e. for those who speak and understand french only maybe?!…

        Of course it would awesome for those who can understand only french…
        I have found that in the English-speaking world, we have things, projects, geniuses that do not exist in the french-speaking world.

        Have a nice day!!!


  11. Romi Nomeacuerdo
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 15:22:39

    Lovely!!! ty


  12. Veena Sharma
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 06:03:02

    Great site with very good instructions


  13. pack
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 14:25:46

    is so good AND DETAIL


  14. vivid_Twins
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 07:43:37

    Thank you so Much!


  15. Cafrican
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 01:43:18

    Back to sewing after a long time. More patient now!!! Jumping in the deep end with the bias slip and seem to be winning. So thanks very much for the resources and tips. I love sewing clothing that looks tidy on the inside!!!


    • VeraVenus
      Aug 03, 2015 @ 08:00:49

      Yes patience certainly helps, took me a long while to learn some. Glad to hear the slip is going well Thanks for stopping by to say!


  16. Kathleen McGrath
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 00:01:55

    I absolutely love the bias slip pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!


  17. karin
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 19:59:49

    Danke…Thank you…from Germany!Your patterns are beautiful!


  18. VeraVenus
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 19:43:54

    I just want to say a thank you for recent comments… even though I don’t reply to every one I do very much appreciate them all !


  19. Kathy G
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 19:59:08

    I enjoy your blog and the patterns you so generously make available. Keep up the good work as it is much appreciated.


  20. Kathleen Jakee
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 03:23:36

    Thank you so much, love making and seeing retro patterns.


  21. Nancy Haywood
    Jul 07, 2015 @ 05:59:57

    thank you for sharing


  22. Thevi
    Jul 06, 2015 @ 16:12:00

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful patterns.


  23. uka
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 20:47:25

    you’re work is just gorgeus! good for you, and manny tanks for the patterns!


  24. yu thaw
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 12:00:53

    Thank you for sharing


  25. Josie
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 23:56:56

    I’m working on the 50s dress today and it’s turning out wonderfully! Thanks so much for sharing your patterns.


  26. Yvonne
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 08:11:06

    So going to try out some of your patterns . Thanks


  27. Juanita
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 11:46:41

    I feel like I’ve found a trunk full of treasure! Thank you for your generosity and beautiful work!


  28. Francesca a
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:32:37

    I am in love with the Grannie panties! Most comfy patterns ever and the perfect high waisted ones, the other i tried are too low down on teh front thigh but these are perfect – and so cool with that one seam in the back! Thank you!


  29. caro bac
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 18:43:47

    I tried the pussycat blouse today and it worked quite well. Thank you for sharing the patterns.


  30. eliramalho
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 14:37:20

    thank you so much for your tuturials and hard work in share it.


  31. Linda Dixon
    Jun 14, 2015 @ 09:59:57

    So glad I’ve found your site!! Am just starting out with my sewing machine and am excited to try some of these patterns and projects..thank you so much!!! :)


  32. Jackie
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 04:31:13

    Thank you


  33. Ann G
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 15:29:03



  34. marylicious84
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 03:15:16

    beautiful! thank you for sharing!


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