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I think this thread is in the right place

It was to ask if anybody knows of any online stores who sell dressmaking patterns? And who also ship to the UK - if they are not already based there.


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i belive the mcall patterns co owns the main pattern names: mccalls, vogue patterns, butterick, and something...


but in all honesty, 90% of the patterns are targeted at a middle-class mature crowd so they are quite passe.

a word of advice, you can find amazing vintage patterns on ebay, but they're harder to work with, they don't have markings on them...

"...buttoned up to the breast, and made with wings, welts, and pinions on the shoulder points, as mans apparel is for all the world...and though this be a kinde of attire appropriate onely to man, yet they blush not to wear it..."
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If you buy paterns just buy basic simple patterns. When you start to understand the patterns it is really simple to make changes to the pattern and make the garment look how you want to make it look.... Or buy dressform that is your size... If you're doing clothes for you're self...

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Cynthia Rowley does patterns for Simplicity: http://simplicity.com/index.cfm?crit...135&StartRow=1

the site also has patterbs by Built by Wendy - (do a search .. I can't seem to get a link to all patterns..)

Another pattern site : http://www.betsyrosspatterns.com/patterns.html


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Basically looking for an update on what the original poster asked / if anyone knows anywhere online/in the world, where I can buy vintage patterns, particularly from Cristobal Balenciaga/his contemporaries?

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Bumpity bump.

I agree that most commercial patterns are passť styles for middle-aged ladies, but we can always change them.

I guess Burda hasn't been mentioned. They all downloadable, some of them even free. And a few are younger, fresher designs.


If anyone knows of any other websites please do list them up. Thanks!

There are sometimes gorgeous vintage patterns in historical books about designers but they have to be drafted out meticulously in scale of course.

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There are lots of small independent pattern makers/companies out there too. A lot of them seem to favor a slight vintage (40's-60's) aesthetic, but there are more contemporary things to be found too. And they are definitely more modern than the big four. Here's a list of a few that comes to mind:

Colette Patterns
By Hand London
Deer & Doe
Papercut Patterns
Victory Patterns
Pattern Runway
Grainline Studio

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Ohhh awesome Caramel, thank you!!! I've already found a few I'd like to make <3 <3

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Oooh, please share! I would love to see what you've found.

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There are a lot of patterns on etsy too. I've seen really cool things like purses and stuffed animals.

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