My repro patterns Yay!

I love clothes, I love vintage clothes, but being NOT a size 4 made them fairly hard to find. That's one reason why I decided to begin sewing my own clothes. Because of that I now have a fairly kick ass stash of large size patterns.

Don't be fooled by the myth 'people were smaller back then'. Yes, more people were smaller, but you still had a fair amount of over 6", shoe size 14, bust size 46 folks walking around. I bring up the examples from my 1910ish patterns. We are talking 44", 46" 48" busts here! And these patterns survived!


But having all these patterns to myself didn't feel right. I wanted to share. So I picked my rarest, and also most versatile patterns and under my New Vintage Lady moniker, I started a line of repro patterns for my etsy shoppe.

Here are a couple that I'm really proud of.
I have been looking for a tappants and bra pattern for ages, and when I found a mid '40s one (well, two but thats a different story) knew I couldn't keep it to myself. Its a 46" bust 50" hips. Wow wee!


This is what I call the ideal '40s blouse. I know straight size gals who are still on the look out for a great '40s blouse. There is no better way to get the look right than with a few great iconic separates.


This mid '30s dress is one of my favorite patterns. Ive made it up several times and have it available in two sizes, 42" bust and a 50" bust.


I gotta say, sharing these patterns makes me smile, and I hope the gals who use them feel they are carrying on a little part of fashion history.

2 comments:

  1. You rock the house Shelley! I got into repro the same way, couldn't find things that fit me so I made do. And it's fun and creative. Many many props to you for making these gems available! And your illustrations are darling.

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  2. Thanks! Since we are both in LA we should get together and compare notes at the fabric district! It would be so fun! :)

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