Vintage Delights

Phyllis recently received a treasure-trove of vintage patterns that belonged to her grandmother and mother (many of which she is currently selling through her Etsy Shop). Imagine my delight when she hand-picked two beauties just for me!

Phyllis knows that I love an interesting sleeve and often buy patterns for that reason alone. This first one (from 1970) is gorgeous (and unusual!) but very, very easy to duplicate. It’s simply a full sleeve with half stitched to the cuff and the rest left free. I may use this on my Milly blouse.



This Spadea stunner is still as stylish today as when it was released in 1973. I’ll probably make this up as is but a bit shorter. Notice that the sleeve and yoke are one piece! I scanned the line drawing of the sleeve pattern to better illustrate this. This is a perfect example of the types of details you can find in vintage patterns that are so rare today.



If you enjoy vintage patterns as much as I do, be sure to go and check out Phyllis’ Etsy shop. If you see something you like I would move quickly as I’ve already missed out on two that I had my eye on. Thank you again, Phyllis!



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9 responses to “Vintage Delights

  1. summersetbanks

    Very interesting sleeves; yes, a reason to love vintage patterns. Going *right now* to Phyllis’ store!

  2. wonderful details! It will be great to see these made up when the mood strikes you.

  3. Auntie Allyn

    Luv luv luv the Simplicity pattern!!

  4. Oh I love them!! Gigi, you never fail to brighten my day with little gems like that 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Love those vintage patterns!

  6. Lindsay T

    I bought a great jacket pattern from Phyllis. Me too, am loving vintage patterns now.

    I bought some fantastic Milly silk at Elliott Berman Textiles, BTW. I think they have it online.

  7. You have a couple of great patterns from Phyllis. I look forward to seeing what you create with them!

  8. Gigi I was actually afraid that you already had the Simplicty and was glad you didn’t! Spadea patterns pretty rare so that one was a slam dunk…that raglan sleeve is seriously good drafting.

  9. Els

    The Spadea sleeve design looks really nice, I never saw such a sleeve with cut on yoke which has a dart for the shoulder.
    I do know that those sleeve designs with cut on yoke exists but I only have memories with those sleeve designs that has a shoulder sleeve seam.

    Enjoy your purchases, thanks to Phyllis mom and grandmother.