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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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Reversible Stole Redux  Dec.2015

stole2 2015

It was about time I updated this pattern and tutorial as it is one of the earliest I posted so here it is:

Download new A4 tiled pattern and instructions

Download new US letter tile pattern and instructions

pattern size- UK 10/12  US 8/10

(around-shoulders measurement 42″-43″)

Totally simple to make larger or smaller

skill level- intermediate



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 2015VVstriped50's2

 UK 12/ US 8    36″-37″ bust/ 29-30″” 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

make a playsuit or ‘wiggle’ dress too.

See my French Knicker pattern further down the page which can be used for shorts


there is also my Skirt Drafting tutorial to make a pencil skirt in your own size.


Mock-Wrap Jersey Dress

April 2015

UK10-12  /US 6-8    35″-37″ bust

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

For jersey/knit fabrics only!


Pussycat Bow blouse

Feb, 2015

MMblouse pic

As seen in Making magazine logo

  BowBlouse Blouse size UK s/m: bust 89cm-93cm/ 35″-37″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 to 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



             Draft a circle skirt to your own 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    ( Bust 36/37″, Full Hip 36″-38″)

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


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.

272 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    May 11, 2016 @ 15:41:05

    What a wonderful, generous and kind soul you are. I love o many of your patterns but especially the slip. I was looking for a gown pattern and is will work for me just beautifully. You must think of some way that your many fans can repay you.


    • VeraVenus
      May 17, 2016 @ 17:06:33

      I’m glad you found a pattern here which will be useful…. and honestly, leaving me a comment as you have is a very much appreciated way of ‘repaying ‘me!


  2. anrki
    May 02, 2016 @ 12:02:18

    Thanks for sharing your hard work Vera. I have an antique, bias cut silk slip which is a tad simpler around the bust than yours (no diamond insert). Now I know how to reproduce it without pulling it apart. I’m sure it would be perfect under your LBD. My 15 year old daughter is just getting interested in working with fabric for art and the Threadful Truth link is going to be so much more helpful than a tiresome mother. 🙂 Btw, I came across your site through Pinterest.


    • VeraVenus
      May 03, 2016 @ 00:05:48

      Hi Ankri, that is exactly why I developed the pattern…. I too have a vintage slip in a similar style and wanted more the same. Wishing your daughter success in her sewing efforts !


  3. Jill
    Apr 24, 2016 @ 22:41:40

    I just wanted to thank you for your patterns. I’ve just made the slip in a synthetic fabric before buying a luxurious and expensive silk. It turned out well!
    I’ve found your instructions easy to follow with great tips for success.


  4. Jean Claude Taotao
    Apr 18, 2016 @ 15:22:18

    umm all the pdf patterns should print in actual size?


    • VeraVenus
      Apr 18, 2016 @ 15:40:12

      yes! If they are not printing at full size for you then check the settings on your printer. Do not let your printer ‘scale’ or ‘fit to page’ . Printing should be set to %100.


  5. Sue Potter
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 02:04:30

    I loved the 50’s dress and hope someday to hone my skills enough to make it!


    • VeraVenus
      Apr 15, 2016 @ 16:47:51

      Its quite an easy pattern Sue, take the plunge! Try it out on some cheap cotton first to fine-tune fit and to make sure you understand all the steps. You’ll learn by doing! 🙂


  6. sin
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 19:01:18

    You are seriously awesome for posting all of these PDF patterns for free. It is a huge deal for those of us who love these styles but can barely afford fabric much less pretty patterns like these!


  7. alrina
    Apr 12, 2016 @ 13:27:46

    thank you


  8. Véronique
    Mar 28, 2016 @ 02:24:01

    Thank you so much for being so generous with your patterns. I have just downloaded you french knickers pattern and am hoping to start sewing soon. Its great to have such detailed instructions as well. Many many thanks


  9. carol
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 20:58:13

    I love your vintage style patterns and instructions.


  10. Kiki
    Mar 21, 2016 @ 00:55:47

    This post has absolutely made my day. You have a great collection of patterns and I’m now armed with everything I need to flesh out my vintage wardrobe! Thanks so much!


  11. francoise
    Mar 19, 2016 @ 13:52:30

    you have some great and nice patterns I like them all


  12. Jeanette Hollindrake
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 13:56:52

    Absolutely love your patterns and the fits are spot on which is rare – Thankyou you have awakened my passion for “vintage” clothing! I now have a drawer full of comfy and fabulous “big” knickers. I made your slip into a “flamingo” print cami top with matching pants and in the process of making the halter neck sundress in a lemon fruit print cotton 🙂 Bring on the sunshine.


    • VeraVenus
      Mar 17, 2016 @ 18:10:42

      That all sounds fab Jeanette, thanks very much for stopping in to let me know…. it is so encouraging when I hear someone really likes the fit of my patterns!


  13. Delicia Ambrosino
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 06:33:45

    You are exceptionally generous and I thank you so much for that. It’s so great with times being as they are to find joy where least expected…surfing the web for style, patterns, materials, etc. This is so great, Thank you again


  14. Mugsy / Catherine
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 02:09:11

    Thank you once again for posting these terrific patterns and tutorials! You’re amazing!


  15. Sandra Wommer
    Mar 07, 2016 @ 21:45:45

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful patterns. Happy drafting all times!


  16. gail sketers
    Mar 07, 2016 @ 18:29:42

    Absolutely Wonderful!! & thank you for sharing! I appreciate your kindness very much. Have a wonderful day & keep sewing & posting your new items ))


  17. Jody Dyson
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 08:38:36

    Thankyou for sharing your lovely patterns.x


  18. Lydia Fortier
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 02:07:03

    Wonderful site. Can’t wait to make the 1/2 circle knickers/tap panties! I found some yummy lace at a 2nd hand/vintage shop and just can’t wait to sew these!


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    Feb 29, 2016 @ 15:30:28

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  20. Isabelle
    Feb 27, 2016 @ 20:11:34

    Merci pour votre partage !!


  21. Godelieve
    Feb 26, 2016 @ 08:14:02

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