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Jonell | Posted in Patterns on

I have done dressmaking for 35 or so years. Had to stop my sewing while caring for my elderly parents for almost 20 years. Now I am going through my patterns, keeping only a few because of space. Does anyone know anything to be done with old patterns besides throwing them away? I have all different pattern companies. Thanks for any info.


  1. NY2NZ | | #1

    You can sell them on ebay or patternreview.com

    Hope this helps

  2. jatman | | #2

    Hi Jonell,  another option if they are from the 1950's or prior is to contact this site:


    also, a church may use them for charitable sewing or a school may use them for their drama department.  Whatever you do, don't toss them!  Someone will put them to good use!



    1. Jonell | | #4

      Thank you, jatman, for your good answer. It's just that I don't know how to go about finding a church or school who might be able to use these. Some are new and unused, but most are used. I do not have dates on all of them as to when I purchased them so I don't know what year most of them are from. I looked at ebay but would only ask for the price of mailing them if someone would take them. It does "hurt my heart" to think of trashing them. I did check out the website for old patterns but she is taking only patterns before the 50's right now.



      1. starzoe | | #6

        Most of the older patterns have the date of publication written on the envelope in very small print. People pay good money for vintage patterns, don't throw them out. I have a bunch here but not enough to go to the trouble of trying to sell them. There is an online classified which is free, I may try that.

        1. Jonell | | #7

          Starzoe, thanks for taking the time to reply. I looked at an old Vogue pattern I have and there is absolutely no date anywhere. The pattern has a price of $4.00 on it so I know it is very old. Most of my patterns are Vogue and Butterick. I did find a date on two Buttericks but they were in the early '80's. I guess the old ones just didn't do the dates.

          About the online classified, where do I find that? Maybe that's what I should try. I have about 200 patterns I am getting rid of.

          Thanks again.



          1. starzoe | | #8

            To find classified ads free use Google, type just the word classified into the search and a lot of sites come up. There are sites that have local ads, or national or both. There's a lot of junk ads in there. I'd get a hotmail email address or some obscure one you don't use for anything else to avoid phishing, scam or bothersome emails.

  3. Elizard | | #3

    Don't throw them away!
    Try this site: http://www.patternrescue.com/trade.html

    1. Jonell | | #5

      Elizard, this seems like a good idea. I have emailed them and am awaiting their answer. Thank you so very much.

  4. Creamymashed | | #9

    Are your patterns all one general size?  I might be interested in taking them off your hands!!

    1. Jonell | | #10

      Yes, most of my patterns are size 12, with some being the multi-sizes that include size 12. I was just listing my patterns today and whether they are used or unused; most of the Vogue patterns are unused. Believe me, if you are willing to pay the postage to have them mailed, you can have all of them. Just let me know; I will work with you any way I can. I do hate to throw them away, but I will not be sewing any more like I used to so do not need them.

      Thank you.


      1. Creamymashed | | #11

        I sent you a private reply...but do not know how that works.  Yes!  I'm interested.  Let's discuss it by private replies and we will work out the details!

        Thanks!  Diane

        1. Cathie | | #12

          This could be useful for those with older patterns, or looking for them. I ADORE them, and collect ones that suit me, at Charity shops. I buy them for about 25 cents a piece, and use them, making small changes. It is very interesting to see and read them too. Also, for those of us going CRAZY with badly fitting sleeves, some of these are cut much better. I am very curvy, so benefit from things like the covetted (by me) CB seam. Lots of other goodies. You can apply to your newer patterns. Some slimmer ladies will enjoy the retro patterns as is, and others can adapt them. I have a D cup 46 bust, and Hubby found me a vintage pattern from France, princess seams, with a dart, but not the rocket bust look (LOL), more subtle. Be your own designers!!!!!!!

          1. Josefly | | #13

            Good idea. I think you're right, that sleeves were designed better on those old patterns. The curve of the sleeve cap was quite different from what you see mostly today - the front curve was never the same as the curve on the back of the sleeve. I think pants patterns were also better - the curve in the thigh inseam was not the same in the front as in the back. I don't know if they've "dumbed down" today's patterns, or what.Also, I remember using sleeve patterns that had a sharply curved underarm seam - made for an attractive fit, especially for those of us with thin arms.

            Edited 3/20/2008 12:42 am ET by Josefly

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