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The 20-2-40-Style-Syndicate: Community of interests in '20s to '40s common-culture, music & fashion - scaled vintage sewing patterns
Acme Notions - vintage patterns and retro sewing things
Adrienne's Attic
Ageless Patterns: Victorian Reproduction Patterns 1867 - 1915
Alteryears: for the Costumer offers historical, ethnic dance & specialty patterns.
Akasha clothing
Baker Lane: Dressmaking & Design
Best Vintage Patterns
Sandra Betzina: modern patterns
Buggs Books and used patterns
Burda patterns - German design patterns: this site is now translated into English
Burda Downloads: some vintage style patterns
Butterick Patterns
Blue Gardenia
Buckaroo Bobbins: Authentic Vintage Western Clothing patterns
Cemetarian - vintage sewing patterns variety of eras
Carol's Zoo: stuffed animal patterns and some clothing and purse patterns
The Cutting Line Designs: modern patterns, High waisted pants pattern.
Cynderelli - crafts
Dawn Anderson Designs Patterns: Retro feel - plus size patterns
Decades of Style Pattern Company: Vintage patterns from 1900 to 1960 reproduced with modernized printed patterns & illustrated instructions. pattern is available in 12 sizes from 30" bust up to 55" bust!
Deb's Recycled Sewing Patterns: Sewing patterns from the 40's through the present, new and used.
Denver Fabrics All Vintage Clothing Patterns Discounted 20% to 35% (these are modern reprints of patterns - like folkwear and Vogues new vintage line).
Diane Ericson: Creative sewing patterns
Dragonfly Design Studio: they are reprinting vintage Halloween costume patterns.
Dressmaking Research - sells scans of vintage Harpers
E-Bay Auction house - this will bring you to the Vintage Patterns section
Echo Vintage
Eva Dress Studio
Elizabeth Lee Designs: Nursing clothing patterns and slings
Fabulous Fit® / Royal Forms: make your own dress forms.
Fashion era.com - historical -modern reference fashion page
Fashion Patterns by Coni: Fashion Patterns for the Full Figured Woman
Find a dressmaker - list of dressmakers
Fitz Patterns: Downloadable sewing patterns
Folkwear - modern patterns of vintage styles.
Grandma's House!
Granny's Attic: vintage sewing patterns
Great Copy Patterns: modern active wear patterns
The Great Pattern Review: reviews of many of the vintage pattern companies patterns.
Groovy Juice: 60's and 70's patterns
Harper House
Hawk Crossing Vintage Sewing Patterns and More!
Heirloom Sewing For Children - vintage and modern patterns, book and notions
Hoodies Collection: purse and apron patterns
Hot Patterns - modern designs - some retro styles
Indygo Junction: quilting and apron and clothing patterns
Jans Jewels and More (Vintage Clothes and Patterns)
Jean Hardy: Equestrian and Western wear patterns
Julia's Sewing Blog
Kwik Sew Patterns
Ladies Treasure of Costume and Fashion: original sewing patterns from vintage magazine - you need to scale them yourself.
Lark Books: publishers of craft books and kits
Laughing Moon: Western, Civil War, Edwardian and Victorian wear.
Lily Abello's Vintage Pattern Shop 20's - 70's patterns
La Couturière Parisienne - includes patterns.
La Fred: modern patterns - petite to queen size
Lanetz Living - Vintage Ephemera and Sewing Collectibles
Lingerie Secrets: underwear patterns
Loes Hinse Design: Modern and retro style patterns- Hepburne style patterns. Petite to Queen sizes. Website is slow to load.
MacPhee Workshop - modern sewing patterns
Main Street Mall
Marlene's Hutch: Vintage cookbooks, sewing patterns, and many other unique antiques and collectibles.
McCall's Patterns
Moms Patterns: Worldwide sales since 1998-Hundreds of vintage & out of print sewing patterns!
My Pattern Store
Mystique Vintage sewing patterns
Nevtex: British Ballroom and dance sewing patterns, fabrics and trims
1970's Patterns Store
North Breeze: vintage patterns and other items, less patterns
Out of a Portrait: Hat patterns from various eras
Out of the Ashes Collectibles
OyVey Quilt designs
Pages in Print: sewing patterns and ephemera from the 1900s to present day
Paper Pursuits - fashion and print collectibles
Patterns of Time: A place to order historical patterns on line.
Pattern Studio: hat, glove, purse patterns - retro feel to them
Park Bench Pattern Co.: modern patterns. One size patterns
Past Patterns - reprints of old patterns from the Victorian era to the 40's
Patterns From the Past: original, dress and vintage costume patterns.
Petite Plus Patterns
Puppet Patterns - sew your own puppets
Purrfection Artistic Wearables: modern clothing. Petite thru queen size
The Sewing Palette - Vintage sewing patterns, transfers and needlework collectibles
Sew-Retro: Vintage patterns, fabric and sewing notions from the 1920's to the 80's
Sewing Workshop Patterns: modern clothing, aprons and purses
So Vintage Patterns: A selection of original vintage sewing patterns from the 1900s through to 1980s with emphasis on the 1940s and 50s
Sense and Sensibility Clothing: Vintage-look dresses patterns for any occasion.
Silhouette Patterns
Speciality Sportswear:patterns for Ice Skaters, Roller Skaters, Twirlers, Gymnasts, Dancers, Swimmers, Drill Teams.
Sublime Stitching - hip embroidery patterns
The Rusty Zipper - patterns from the 40's -70's
SAF-T-POCKETS Patterns: modern patterns: petite to queen size. Lots of pockets!
Scissorhappy: vintage patterns and has own line of patterns including a sarong
Sew What's New: Becoming the ultimate resource for the needlewoman and sewer of today.
Sewgrand Patterns Plus-size sewing patterns for larger women
Sewing.com: the home of all things sewing on the Internet.
Sewing Garden
Stretch & Sew
Silhouette Patterns by Peggy Sagers: modern clothing - Average thru to Bust 57"
Simplicity/ New Look/ Style Patterns
SuitAbility
Textile Studio Patterns: modern patterns
Truly Victorian Victorian women's 1840-97's styles
Threads Magazine online
Timeless Treasure Trunk: vintage sewing and craft supplies such as buttons, patterns and books
Trixie Lixie's Sewing Blog - Follow our weekly posts as we give you idea’s for things to make, tutorials, show you what we have been making and much more
Vintage Fashion Library
Vintage Martini: Vintage clothing, patterns and accessories
Vintage Patterns, Inc.
Vintage Sewing Reference Library, Inc. offers free online access to public domain sewing books. Pre -1900s - 1950s
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
Vintage Sewing Patterns Club - a place to discuss old patterns!
The Vintage Connection
Vintage Swank: vintage clothing, housewares, furniture and lighting
Vogue Patterns
What-I-found.com
Wingeo: reproduction patterns from 10th century to 20th
Woodland Farms Antiques: Clothing and patterns

Reference

Aenne Burda: All about the history of Burda patterns/magazine.
Collectics - some sewing pattern dealers here.
Commercial Pattern Archive: University of Rhode Island collection of vintage sewing patterns from 1868 - 1968 - they sell some CD's of what is in their collection for historical research
The Gilded Lily: Vintage fashion and tea
Pattern regrading

Pattern Rescue - a place to try to find missing pieces for your pre-1960s patterns
So You're a Size 12 HUH? Sizing Patterns by cemetarian
Some Vintage Pattern Storage & Dating Information|
Vintage Sewing Pattern Collecting
Vintage Pattern Fit and Sizing

Fabrics

Barkcloth Hawaii - Fifties Tropical Fabric Shop: Tropical Hawaiian barkcloth textiles with vintage, 50's motifs for retro home decorating, sewing & crafting design. upholstery, drapery & garment weights for your fifties fashions.
Denver Fabrics' : online offering consists of sewing & quilting notions, apparel & craft buttons, trims and iron-on appliqués at discount prices. We show the largest selection of sewing and quilting notions on the Internet.
Thai Silks

Local Links

American Textile History Museum Lowell MA
Candlelite Quilts - Chelmsford, MA
Friends Fabric Art Lowell, MA fabric craft workshop store.
Market Place Quilts Fabric and sewing classes
The New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Sew Creative: fabric store, sewing classes and sewing machines


Other Vintage Sites

Fashion Plate Collection - University of Washington Libraries
The Hermitage: Russia
FiftiesWeb
New York Public Library Picture Collection: lots of pictures of vintage clothing design
Vintage Textile: Fine antique/vintage clothing and textiles from the 18th Century to the 1940's
Vintage Victorian - Vintage Clothing books, and reproduction clothing.

Knitting and Crochet Pages

Antique Pattern Library: Crochet, knitting, tatting, netting, embroidery, needle lace, beading and other needlework patterns that are in the public domain.
Ida Rose Vintage Reproductions - She sells reprints of vintage knitting books.
Mind's Eye Yarns- a Wonderful Yarn/spinning store in Porter Square in Cambridge, MA - owned by a friend of mine
Smart Crochet: Wide selection of crochet patterns & crocheted home decorations. Free patterns. Filet crochet tutorial.
Victorian Crochet: Victorian Purses and Amulet Bags in Bead Crochet.
Vintage knits
Yesterdazes - copies of knitting and crochet patterns
Yesterknits The largest collection of vintage knitting and crochet patterns in the
Wool Works Knitting Bulletin board and more! 

 

Vintage Dancing

Commonwealth Vintage Dancer - Boston based dancing from the 1860s-1920s
Newport Vintage Dance Week - Go to historic Newport, RI & dance vintage dancing for a whole week!
Pennsylvania 6-5000; Your Swing Switchboard
Vintage Dance Society - Connecticut based dancing from the 1860s-1920s

 

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