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PRINTING PDFs:  Print at 100% scale. Do not let your printer ‘auto-scale’, ‘auto-rotate’, ‘shrink-to-fit’, ‘it to paper’ etc.  

A4 is-  21cm x 29.7cm / 8.26″ x 11.69″,     US letter is 8.5″ x 11″,      A0 is: 84cm x 118.9cm / 33.1″ x  46.8″  

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Up-cycle a plain shirt:  June 2016

Appliqué Tutorial and Template

How to create this applique

Download the 3 page Appliqué tutorial and template HERE

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Reversible Stole Redux  Dec.2015

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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

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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

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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

and

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

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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.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
USA letter tiled pattern    A4 tiled pattern 

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

Skill level: Intermediate

For jersey/knit fabrics only!

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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.

USA letter tiled pattern and sewing instructions

              A4 tiled pattern and sewing instructions

Skill level: easy 

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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

Skill level: easy

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Cardigan/Kimono Coat

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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:
 
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 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:

A0 Full Size pattern LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY

                       Slip Sewing instructions only    (4 pages)

skill level: intermediate-advanced

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  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

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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

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Dinky Little HandbaDec. 2013

As seen in Making magazine logo

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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

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Sundress Bodice   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

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             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.

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 Little Bias Dress (LBD)

LittleBiasDress free pattern

LittleBiasDress free pattern

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 🙂

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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

1950's style

Pattern Pieces for 50’s Style Bucket Pockets

US letter Pocket Pattern

A4 Pocket Pattern

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 French Knicker Tutorial

(given a slight rewrite July 2016)

Download: Sew-Along pdf

Includes very detailed sewing instructions on cutting slippery fabrics, french seams, pin hemming 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

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1930’s style PJ Top  Pattern

March 2013

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

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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

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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

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 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.

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Circular French Knickers

tutorial to draft and make to your size

At long last the newly corrected Circular Knicker tutorial returns 🙂

Download the tutorial

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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

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Copyright information:   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 hotlink or re-post my PDF patterns or photographs elsewhere.

If you’d like to share anything from this page this is the link:  https://wp.me/P4NGNF-46 ‎ 

Further information about usage can be read in Terms & Conditions. 

Thank you and enjoy.

If you enjoyed this post make my day & let me know!

  1. your site was referenced on pattern review.com in a pattern review writeup. What fun! I hope to start with your grannie panties. How nice of you to share your talents.

  2. While I want to thank you for sharing your patterns and DIY’s, I’m super discouraged. I tried using your instructions for drafting my own 1940’s French knickers and it was a disaster. I don’t get where some of the numbers used came from as they didn’t seem to come from the measurements I took. My toile came out way too big everywhere except the waist. They were almost to my knees, the crutch was halfway down my thighs,and the hips didn’t lay smoothly at all. I think making a straight legged boxer/shorts pattern and simply slash-and-spreading the legs wider would work better for me. I just had the hardest time understanding the directions, even with the sew along. 🙁

    • Don’t be discouraged, it’s more productive to consider projects that don’t work out quite as you hoped as a learning experience. Many have used my tutorial and been happy with their results, some didn’t get what they expected ‘straight out of the box’ as it were. The resulting draft of course needs fitting after it is done- to the length you like, lifting the crotch to a preferred height etc. That goes for any pattern that is drafted from scratch and even when drafting is done with ones own measurements you will still need to adjust it to your personal body contours and ease preferences. If you felt the amount of ease given in the pattern was too generous then where it says +2 try again with +1 instead which will give you a neater fit. As a pattern to buy Colette patterns has a french knicker pattern which may be more what you are looking for in a flared boxer short type of fit.

  3. GORGEOUS PATTERNS! As I too am too large size 16 for the patterns I still downloaded them for a friend or family member to make for. I love, love, love the Keyhole blouse and I know my daughter would be perfect for it. She loves silk like fabric in a deep plum color. I can see it now! Thank you so much for your public consideration in offering these free patterns as I cannot afford store bought patterns on a limited income. You are a doll and I will follow your site for sure.

    • Hi Susan, you are very welcome. Do have a look at the Threads resizing guide I have a link to in my side bar. Honestly it would not be difficult for you to resize a pattern like the Keyhole Blouse to your own size! I hope you will try 🙂

  4. Have just discovered….late at night in Oz and can’t decide what to make first. Thank you so much for your generosity and use of your amazing patterns. I am inspired afresh. Bring on the sunshine woohoo

  5. What a lovely selection of patterns – the only downside is that I am too large (size 18) for a lot of the patterns have a tiny waist and I haven’t got one!!!

    • Hi Jenifer, learning to size patterns up/down to your own measurements really isn’t all that difficult once you have a go. The Threads guide (link in my sidebar) is a good starting place and if you do a search a decent number of blogs should come up that will give you help too (though honestly most do seem just to be elaborating on the Threads guide anyway) Take the plunge! The fact that neither RTW clothing or sewing patterns fit me well was what got me into learning to first alter then completely draft my own patterns in the first place many, many moons ago…. and even if I hadn’t turned it into my profession I would have been glad of the knowledge of how to resize and fit just to be a better dressmaker for myself.

  6. amazing website thank you for sharing your patterns 🙂 i hope to make the 1950s style dress, have you any tips on how to make it fit a size 8?

    • Hi Roisin and 🙂 So to make the 50’s dress pattern bodice into a size 8 have a look at the Threads grading guide that I have a link to in the side bar on the right…. it is a pretty straight forward method for sizing up or down. For the skirt-I would cut it the same size as it is but simply make each of the pleats a little deeper to get the total waist measurement down to the size you want. Hope that helps!

  7. I just finished making the 1950’s frock. This is the best pattern I’ve ever sewed with! Everything matched and was even and the pleats are perfect. I used a really heavy cotton/canvas material that was cheap, it’s pink and black. I wanted to practice before buying expensive material but I absolutely love it. I have it on my sewing model and I can’t stop looking at it. THANK YOU for a wonderfully crafted and easy pattern. I also made the vintage slip but that will take more practice.

    • Hi Kirsten, what a lovely positive comment to start my day with, thank you! 🙂 Do you have a pic I could share on my VV Facebook page??

      If you would like some making advice on the vintage slip just drop me a line via my contact form… in essence it is a simple pattern but working with fabric on the bias certainly can be tricky if you are new to it.

  8. Thank you so much for the patterns. I have been looking for a good pattern for French knickers and your circular one looks so comfortable while the pattern for 40s pyjamas is the exact one my daughter has been nagging me to draft and make. Will draft in her measurements and she will be over the moon. Thank you so much.

    • I made myself some shape-wear from this pattern with a medium heavy power mesh, turned out better than some I’d bought!
      Try making a double layer panel about 6″-8″ wide in the front just zigzagged onto the inside, use wider elastic on the waist if you want more compression there and use soft elastic on the leg openings and don’t pull them in too much as it’s really un-comfy if they dig in. Soft fold-over elastic may be all you need on the legs.

  9. Thank you , it’s been years since I’ve sewn and now I’ m back to making my own clothes for better fit. Your truly amazing to let us use these PDF patterns

  10. 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.

    • 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!

  11. 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.

    • 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 !

  12. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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! 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

    • 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!

  17. 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

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

  19. 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!