We're impressed by the growing number of independent designers and companies marketing reproduction vintage patterns online. While it's possible to buy authentic vintage patterns, they are often made for one size only, which makes fitting a challenge if you fall in between sizes (or fall in love with a pattern that's not your size!)
Reproduction patterns are often multi-size, meaning they are created for a range of modern sizes, giving them more versatility. Here are some of the best resources we found.
Mrs. Depew patterns carries authentic vintage patterns and vintage sewing magazines, but what really impressed us were the downloadable e-patterns from the 1920's to 50's. Patterns for hats, dresses, crocheted wear, gloves, bathing suits and an incredible array of vintage lingerie!
Wearing History also creates packaged/printed as well as downloadable multisized e-patterns, including the incredible Ahwanee Coat pictured above. They feature their own trademarked 'Resto-Vival' patterns: "Printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment."
Decades of Style is a Bay Area-based company that has been making vintage reproduction patterns for many years. Their patterns are sized for bust sizes 30" to 46". Check out their classic Katherine Hepburn pants pictured here, as well as their beautiful 1920's through 50's pattern reproductions.
Folkwear is another long-time vintage and ethnic pattern company. They make patterns for traditional ethnic garments from around the world as well as vintage reproductions from the Victorian era through the 1950's, including the sweet and prim Gibson Girl blouse we've shown here.
What are your favorite vintage pattern resources? Let us know in the comments below!