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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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)

USA letter tiled pattern and sewing instructions

           A4 tiled pattern and sewing instructions

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



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

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 do not 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.

If you enjoyed this post or a pattern why not let me know!

  1. no matter what i do I can’t get the 10mm box to be the correct size. it’s always 9mm. I have tried messing with every setting i could find that might be effecting it but nothing works. I am trying to print the LBD on US letter size paper by the way. Do you have any idea why this might be happening? I feel like i must be overlooking something but i have been trying for 2 hours now and nothing is working. Please help!

    • Hi there, sorry I couldn’t answer sooner. Are you using the free Adobe Reader to open the pdf and to do the printing or something else? If Adobe Reader make sure you have the latest version of it for your computer and also that your printer software is up to date. The setting I used when printing is “actual size”. Just to rule out issues in the actual pdf I have just double checked the 10cm square both in Adobe Illustrator and with my own printer and it is measuring correctly. So also try printing out another pattern that has a measured square and see how that measures. But perhaps you have got it sorted out by now? If still having problems email me using my blog contact form and let’s see what we can do!

  2. Thank you for sharing. You’re a very talented lady. It’s lovely that you share links as well. I’ve just spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon “click, clicking!” and learnt so much, once again “A big thank you”

  3. I’m not able to use your patterns as-is, for I’m quite stout, but they scale up very well! And the tutorials are wonderful.

    • I’m very happy to hear they scale up well Heidi! I’d love to know what method you use as I get asked that from time to time by other blog readers and I usually point people in the direction of the Threads method. Please let me know if you’d recommend another method.

  4. I have downloaded your lovely lingerie patterns and look forward to using some exquisite lace I have been hoarding for the past thirty years because I had not found a pattern to merit it!

    • A woman after my own heart, my stash has some things I’ve been saving for decades too. So glad you think my patterns merit your special lace finally being used. I hope you’ll send me a pic of what you make :)

  5. super cite que je viens de découvrir grace à un blog….mais petit soucis je ne suis pas bilingue est il possible d’avolir les explications en Français…..sans hésitation je me suis inscrite sur la newsletters ……Merciiiiiiiiii

    • Bonjour Etoile,
      mon français ne est pas bon …. il ne est pas possible pour moi de faire les instructions bilingues. Je compte la moitié de ce que je sais et l’autre moitié sur l’utilisation de Google Translate.
      Cependant Google Translate peut être très créatif et fait quelques traductions étranges! Pour les termes de couture, il est très peu fiable mais ce est tout ce que je peux suggérer.

  6. Many thanks for sharing all that is pretty & very promising for one who has always loved to sew. Please keep on posting!

  7. Hi Ayodeji, Jolanda and Aikku…. what lovely names! Thank you all for leaving a comment, I really appreciate that :) And good luck to all of you in your sewing- If you have any questions or problems with the patterns just drop me a line.

  8. Love your site and admire all the things that you’ve made, Excuse my English, I’m Dutch. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and patterns. It is a joy to see that and an example fore people to follow. I used to sew all my clothes, but didn’t sew anything for the last 15 years, Just started to pick up my hobby again. This including making my own patterns and I adore the vintage fashion, because I think that was fashion and elegance etc.You’re an inspiration.

  9. I love your blog and these stylish clothes here. You were Gods’s sent, I just needed these kind of patterns. Thank you so much for sharing. And happy Pinning. 😉 Huge hugs to you! <3

  10. I found you via Pinterest, and so happy I did. I’ve been trying to move beyond commercial patterns for awhile. You have given me so many lessons in just one post. I look forward to more in the future. Thank you so very much!

  11. What a lovely website. I really like reading your posts and look at the pictures of the beautiful garments you make.

  12. Thank you so much for your patterns. This afternoon my mother is taking me to the shop to buy me a sewing machine. Since I was 7 and I used to sew with my grandma I haven’t touched one. The first thing that I hope to come out it will be the sleeveless 1950’s style dress with full box pleated skirt. Thank you so much.

    • How exciting that you start to sew again! 😀 I wish you all the best with it and if you need any help with one of my patterns just email me.

  13. Good morning! I’m so happy I’ve stumbled upon your site! I was looking to try your LBD pattern. Do you have any suggestions on how to resize the pattern? I’m petite, bust 32in, waist 26in and hips 34in.

    • Probably the best way to resize down is to have a look at the Threads basic grading guide I have a link for on the right under Pattern Making and instead of spreading out to make bigger move the pieces in.
      In the sewing instruction pdf I have written measurements of both the pattern and the body size I think it fits best. Compare your own measurements against those and make some vertical and horizontal tucks in the pattern as needed. For example you’ll probably need to horizontally shorten the upper bodice at armhole level and maybe also the skirt at mid hip level (I’m going by how I make things fit my 5’2″ daughter) If you then make small vertical pleats (¼”) though the shoulder carrying on straight down through the skirt the pattern should be much closer to your size. More could be fitted out through the side seams when it is in fabric. For a small cup size shave off some of the curve at the bottom of the bust area where it gathers.
      I strongly recommend after doing some basic alterations on the pattern that you make a muslin to check if you need to do any more before cutting out in nice fabric!

  14. Some really lovely and long forgotten patterns here whilst still being totally modern too – thank you for some great ideas I will be back again and again

  15. I’ve looked everywhere for tap pants or a pattern to make them, and here I find 3 lovely patterns….My daughter loves to wear skirts and dresses, but slips are hard to find and no good for modesty on stairs or in the wind 😉

  16. hello I’m french and I’m going to try the bias slipper pattern. Thanks very much for the easiness of explainations. Best regards from Paris !

  17. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I love A sleeveless 1950’s style dress with full box pleated skirt and The Little Bias Dress. I’m honna make it for sure!

    • :) Please show me what you make Agata and just send a message if you have any questions about the patterns! Hope they work well for you.

  18. The sundress pattern with the circle skirt option is nearly identical to Angelina Jolie’s wedding gown. The only difference is that it looks like roughly 50-100% additional width was worked into the bust piece so that the gathers became a stronger visual element.

  19. Just wanted to say how fabulous your designs are and a huuuge thankyou for sharing them. I’ve wanted to make similar things for ages but my pattern drafting skills are a little basic. I cannot wait to make something beautiful. X

  20. Hi
    Just tried the 30s PJ top pattern but can’t get it to work at all. At first sanity check of just holding the paper pieces up to me I can see I’m a good few inches off them meeting.
    Measuring the pattern edges I can get the lower front piece (once mirrored) with a bottom edge of 16″; the lower back (mirrored) has a lower edge of 18″. That would give 34″ of fabric total – before seams. No way that’s going round 37″ hips!
    Similar story across all pieces.
    The 10cm scale check box is fine.
    What the heck? Am I being really daft about something here?
    Has anyone else actually made this from this pattern and fitted into it successfully? (Downloaded July 2014). Any tips?
    I love the look of it – but no way I am cutting into fabric for this at the moment – sizing too far out.

    • Yes Brook I’ve seen a few successful makes of this pattern around the web and of course my own.
      This is precisely why I recommend making a muslin of any pattern new to you before cutting into good fabric…. just measuring the paper will not tell you all.
      Remember as well the lower part of the top is cut on the bias…. the fact of the hem stretching slightly on the body is what then causes the upper part of that section to fit into the body nicely.
      Also the 37″ given refers to a full hip measurement….not the higher hip, which is where the hem of this top falls, For a UK size10 high hip is usually around 33″-35″.

      If you have further questions I am happy to answer if you contact me via the contact form which will email me directly.

  21. I love your site how wonderful the patterns they “just don’t them like this any more ..
    I really sew to make the Black Dress :0 again “Just Beautiful”!

    • You are most welcome. I hope you enjoy using it and will show off what you make in the VeraVenus Flickr group!

  22. Have you seen the ads for Outlander on Starz? There’s a gorgeous overcoat with pleated back that Catriona Balfe wears as her character Claire in 1940’s Scotland. Any idea where I can find the pattern? Thanks.

  23. On behalf of my friend Julie Galvin, who is an excellent seamstress I would like to request the pattern for the Calvary Twill Coat could possible go up for sale. We are all Outlander fans, and absolutely love that coat.