Remember the patterns that we all sewed from?

Remember the patterns that we all sewed from_
I am sure a few of us still have our old pin cushions.

Sewing has always been a time-consuming process – but a process that most of us once used.

Whether you sewed your clothing on your mother’s Singer sewing machine or a sleek new-age Janome, you still had to select your favourite pattern, choose the fabric, follow instructions, lay out the pattern, pin, tack, cut, see if it fit, unpick and redo – but at least you ended up with an original outfit!

We got our designs from iconic pattern companies – Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue. They are still around today but we bet your grandchildren or even your children have never heard of them!

Oh, the injuries from accidentally poking yourself with the scissors or sewing pins? But least you knew your hard work would result in a new outfit for a fraction of the cost. A beautiful tradition that has started to fade away …

Have you made any of these patterns? Will you teach your grandkids how to make an outfit from a sewing pattern? Let us know in the comment section below.

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1. Circular skirt

Did you have a circular cutting board? What colour was your favourite circular skirt?


2. Mod shift


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3. Flared dress

wrap dress

4. Mod cape

mod cape

5. Sheath dress

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6. Dropped waist flared skirt

flared dress

7. Mod vests

Mod vests

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8. Headscarves


9. Mod funnel neck tent

funnel neck10. Bathing suit pattern & beach coat

10. Bathing suit

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bathing suit

11. Pinafore

deep v

12. Muumuu


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13. Midriff blouse and hip huggers


14. Tunic and flared pants

tunics and flared pants

15. Shortie PJs

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16. Wrap skirt

wrap skirt

17. Swirl skirt


Do you remember wearing some of these iconic 1960s sewing patterns? What is your favourite piece? Tell us below.