McCall Pattern Company blog: the appeal of vintage patterns

If you follow us on Instagram (and you should because we share lots of cool stuff), you know that we usually post a vintage pattern from our archives each week. Sometimes we’ll tie in a vintage post with what’s happening that week, like Wimbledon, for example. Or, we may just post a vintage pattern because it caught our eye when we were looking through our old catalogs.

Regardless of our motive, each time we post a vintage pattern we always get comments to please, please, PLEASE! reissue that pattern. We haven’t done a discussion topic post in awhile, so today let’s talk about vintage patterns and exactly what it is that makes you go nuts over them.

Here are some questions we have for you about the appeal of vintage patterns:

  • How much does the vintage illustration style have to do with your gut reaction to a vintage pattern? We all swoon over the artwork, but are these designs you’d have the best intentions of sewing? And then actually wearing?

McCall Pattern Company blog: the appeal of vintage patterns

  • Tell us what kind of a vintage pattern lover you are. Do you sew vintage because you’re a retro-style person at heart and this is how you like to dress? Maybe you sew vintage for cosplay or as costume wear? Or, perhaps this is you: You look at vintage patterns and visualize how you can interpret and update them for your contemporary lifestyle.McCall Pattern Company blog: the appeal of vintage patterns
  • Do you think there is one decade with more universal fashion appeal than the others? The 1950s silhouette of fitted bodice and full skirt has long been popular for vintage pattern reissues. Are there other decades—or vintage silhouettes—with as strong appeal as the ’50s look?McCall Pattern Company blog: the appeal of vintage patterns

We’d love to read your comments about this topic, so please feel free to post them here and elaborate as much as you’d like. We really value your input. And if you’d like to see more of our vintage patterns, visit this Pinterest board:

Thanks!