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Sewing Menswear Using Vintage Patterns

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When I first started sewing, one of my challenges was finding patterns I wanted to sew. Few fabric stores in New York City’s Garment District sold sewing patterns, so it was easier for me to purchase patterns online. I found many more options among the vintage patterns for sale on Etsy and eBay than on the pattern company websites. There were more styles to choose from, a wider variety of garment types, and, often, better prices. As a long-time fan of vintage clothing, I also found the illustrations and photos on the pattern envelopes to be inspiring.

I used this 1930s Simplicity pattern to make my wool camo-print jacket, above.

This vintage 1970s McCall’s cardigan sweater jacket pattern is one of my favorites. Note how it reflects the unisex aesthetic of the era.  My version is below.

There are many reasons why sewing menswear from vintage patterns is…

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