SewingPatternShop.com is not just about collectible vintage sewing patterns that give you an authentic retro look, though you will certainly find them here. I like to focus on timeless patterns. My goal is to be your favorite shop for simple, utilitarian sewing patterns to help you build your everyday wardrobe. Warm welcome to sewists of all levels!
All of my inventory meets the following three standards:
(1) The pattern is uncut.
(2) The instructions are intact.
(3) All of the necessary information provided on the envelope is readable.
Envelopes may have stickers, handwriting, discoloration, tears, and/or show aging with normal wear and tear. Envelopes protect the pattern and this often results in battle scars. To me, these markings, tears, and creases are part of the pattern's history and they add vintage character, just like my own battle scars. In sum, I select my inventory based on pattern condition (uncut), not envelope condition. The main purpose of this shop is to prevent the waste of useful patterns. Therefore, my simple requirement for envelope condition is that all of the necessary information is readable.
Pattern Tissue: Most of my patterns have the familiar factory fold. However, that is not a requirement for me. My standard is uncut. Occasionally, a pattern that has been traced in the past, but not cut, and then carefully refolded, meets my standard. I look at the cut lines when making my assessment. I do not pull pattern tissue apart to count each piece, especially with the older patterns. Truth be told, if I unfold a tissue pattern, it is never going back in the envelope.
The pattern that I used for the main listing photograph may not be the exact one you receive, due to multiple sizes, quantity, and restocks. The listing photos show you my catalog. I sometimes have dozens of the same pattern and listing detailed photos of each pattern is impossible. They do all meet the three standards outlined above, every single pattern in my shops meets those three standards. If you are considering purchasing a pattern and would like photos of the exact one you would receive, please feel free to contact me before purchasing for photos and more detailed information about the specific pattern you are considering.
All that being said, the patterns are sold as-is.
Keep in mind that sizing has changed over the years. I cannot emphasize that enough. Measure, measure, measure! I provide the back of the pattern envelope for you to review the measurements and specifications. The fit is up to you and solely your responsibility.
Tip for beginner sewists: Size numbers mean absolutely nothing with sewing patterns; do not correlate them to the sizes found in stores. Measurements are everything in the sewing world. There are fantastic online tutorials about measuring for sewing projects and I encourage you to review a few of them before purchasing a pattern.
First Class USPS non-priority shipping within the USA is included in the pattern price. I ship within two business days. Please note that I do not control the United States Post Office. After I deliver the items to USPS, there may be delays in delivery. It is as frustrating to me as it is to you when that happens, but I can only promise that I will do my part and ship within two business days of your purchase. You will receive a shipping confirmation with tracking information so you can follow your shipment's progress. I will not pay shipping a second time if you did not enter the correct address in your order.
HUNTING FOR A SPECIFIC SEWING PATTERN?
It may be in my inventory, waiting its turn to be listed. I post new items as quickly as I can, but I always have thousands more to list. I am happy to check my inventory for the pattern you seek. Please provide pattern maker, pattern number, and size.
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If you love this shop, you might also enjoy its sister shops and my sewing blog:
PennDragonflyKids.com - patterns to sew clothes, accessories, and gifts for infants, toddlers, and children
PennsHollow.com - quilts, soft sculpture dolls and animals, doll clothes, wearable art, seasonal crafts, and many other types of crafting patterns, featuring independent designers and plenty of vintage options
PennDragonfly.com - Check out my new sewing blog where I share my sewing philosophies, ideas, and tidbits about my sewing journey. Join the discussion!