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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 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 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

 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



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:

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.

Circle skirt tutorial- drafting to your size & sewing instructions

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 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 :)


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 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

A4 tiled pattern or  US tiled pattern

(It includes the deer and snowflake motifs)


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


As seen in Making magazine logo

Faux fur reversible stole.

Download  VV Reversible Stole- pattern & instructions


just added: very detailed knicker sewing instructions-

Download: Sew-Along pdf

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

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


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


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

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


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

Download the 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 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.

118 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hel
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 21:10:39

    Thank you very much for еру wonderful idia about hottie cover!


  2. LenMargret Jonsson
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 11:21:04

    Like your side, and want to be with it.
    Sincerely From Sweden, Europe


  3. fabrickated
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 05:09:26

    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.


  4. macinic
    May 31, 2014 @ 14:36:44

    Thank You. Your blog and patterns are very much treasured and appreciated.


  5. Carolina
    May 31, 2014 @ 02:36:55

    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


  6. Aurélie
    May 28, 2014 @ 19:32:07

    Thank you so much!! :)


  7. Sara
    May 27, 2014 @ 13:57:59

    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.


    • VeraVenus
      May 27, 2014 @ 19:27:46

      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??


  8. Diane
    May 23, 2014 @ 23:46:37

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


    • VeraVenus
      May 24, 2014 @ 09:02:35

      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.


  9. Daphnée
    May 23, 2014 @ 11:53:35

    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!


  10. Athina Gesmundo
    May 21, 2014 @ 01:42:34

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


    • VeraVenus
      May 23, 2014 @ 09:13:06

      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.


  11. Sara
    May 09, 2014 @ 08:35:00

    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.


    • VeraVenus
      May 09, 2014 @ 10:12:18

      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.


    May 03, 2014 @ 16:01:17

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


  13. genee
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 14:15:52

    I’d like to see more patterns for business style attire


  14. EmmaL
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 01:19:59

    Wow!what fabulously decadent different clothing, if only we all still dressed like this!


    • VeraVenus
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 12:13:42

      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.


  15. Michelle Baker
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:44:10

    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!


  16. lorraine
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 08:41:16

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


  17. Sue A
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:56:54

    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.


  18. Lisa
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 21:45:07

    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 :)


    • VeraVenus
      Jan 20, 2014 @ 23:39:58

      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 :)


  19. Chaw Theingi
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 16:54:02

    thank you so much for free patterns..hope to get more in future


  20. Karen
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 07:25:41

    So very excited to sew the 1950’s Party Dress. Thank you very much for the free pattern!!!


  21. Draped in Cloudlets
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:09:47

    I finally got around and made your very sweet mini cape pattern (http://drapedincloudlets.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/weihnachtskleid-christmas-dress/) – thank you so much for creating and sharing this gem! Now I am looking forward to making your other patterns (-:


  22. Romi
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 22:37:57

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


  23. raquel from j.c.
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 23:05:33

    What is the sewing allowance for the LBD? Thanks! Beautiful dress!


  24. Lilliana
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 22:12:14

    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


  25. Anna Dorthea Aasbjerg
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 09:32:23

    I simply adore the LBD and I’m hoping to use your pattern for my wedding dress. I think it would be perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful patterns!


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    Aug 14, 2013 @ 22:40:56

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  27. Marcella
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 19:08:22

    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?


    • VeraVenus
      Aug 02, 2013 @ 19:13:57

      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.


  28. Mary Guruparan
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 16:14:29

    sorry forgot to tick the boxes below :-)


  29. Mary Guruparan
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 16:13:34

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


  30. Phyllis
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 20:58:19

    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.


  31. Suzy
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 15:38:47

    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


    • VeraVenus
      Mar 28, 2013 @ 16:53:46

      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!


  32. VeraVenus
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 13:00:25

    J’adore comments ! Thank you for giving them…. in any language :)


  33. Anne B.
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 11:33:17

    Thank you for the free patterns! I think I should try the “little bias dress”, hope I manage to sew it well :)


  34. josslyn
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 10:13:32

    j’adore tout simplement… merci


    Mar 24, 2013 @ 09:58:54

    J’adore la robe biais, elle est magnifique, je vais essayer de la réaliser.MERCI


  36. Draped in Cloudlets
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 21:23:48

    Thank you so much for sharing this – what a great selection of patterns! I will definitely make the mini cape very soon – it’s so cute (-:


  37. Tulle and Tweed
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 09:49:38

    Great blog! what a resource! I think my computer might explode with all the downloading – also in my size! avidly following


  38. Mugsy
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 18:41:59

    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…


    • VeraVenus
      Mar 06, 2013 @ 22:10:14

      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.


      • Mugsy
        Jun 02, 2013 @ 00:18:59

        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!


  39. Amy Bradley
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 02:23:41

    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.


  40. Jaan L
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 11:32:27

    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.


  41. Galatina
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 09:40:49

    Thank you so much – such gorgeous patterns.


  42. Tropical Threads
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 12:58:46

    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!



  43. invintagedmiss
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 10:30:24

    Such lovely patterns, thank you, I’m going to make the green 30’s gored skirt, it’s just divine!


  44. Kathy
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 18:15:56

    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!


    • VeraVenus
      Jan 31, 2013 @ 18:26:00

      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!


    • VeraVenus
      Jan 31, 2013 @ 18:32:13

      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.


  45. elenor
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 09:40:30

    love your patterns! thank you so much for sharing; i found you via pinterest!
    best wishes to you


  46. Jane Louis
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 20:30:54

    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


    • VeraVenus
      Jan 09, 2013 @ 20:51:49

      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 :)


  47. Lisette
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 15:28:57

    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?


    • VeraVenus
      Nov 17, 2012 @ 16:34:36

      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.


  48. VeraVenus
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 09:54:51

    You are both very welcome and I really appreciate your comments! :)


  49. aleth babelon
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 15:55:08

    amazing blog! thank you for the free paterns!
    Aleth ( paris !)


  50. Lin
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 06:10:20

    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


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