Vintage Outfits — 9 Easy Patterns

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

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Vintage outfits demand accessories, wraps and, of course, classic dresses, blouses and skirts to complete the look. But what if your sewing and other crafting skills are not nearly as strong as your eye for fashion? We’ve found 9 easy patterns to make your own vintage-inspired jewelry, saddle shoes and even a sexy pencil skirt that even a beginner can create.

vintage outfit headband
A Head Start

This 1920s turban headband is not only a free sewing pattern, it is also the ideal complement for fixing after-work gimlets. Those new to sewing may consider using an unwanted T-shirt as a test before going all-out on a more expensive stretch fabric like wool.
BurdaStyle shares this free vintage-inspired headband sewing pattern.
Earring of Truth to It

Jewelry from most of this century's decade is chunkier than peanut butter, and this vintage-inspired jewelry alludes to that styling while also allowing you to match the bead colors to your vintage outfit. Beads are strung with nylon wire to form a simple circle and then attached to a metal Tibetan-style connector.
For more on how to make this jewelry for your vintage outfit, go to Panda Hall Stock.
vintage-inspired purse
Purse Strings

A suede skirt is refashioned into a clever envelope purse, but if a leathery finish won’t do for your vintage outfit, consider stealing the classic silhouette for a more refined fabric like a sturdy black satin or even a vinyl baby pink faux snakeskin.
Tick Tock Vintage has more on how to turn a skirt into a vintage-inspired purse.
vintage-inspired blouse
Blue (or White or Floral) Collar

A scalloped collar adds subtle vintage flair to any blouse or even V-neck sweater with this easy sewing pattern. Choose a woven fabric with some stiffness so that the scalloped edges won’t curl with prolonged wear.
Elegant Musings shares how to add a scalloped collar to a shirt for a vintage outfit.
vintage fur wrap
A Faux Pas

Forget diamonds, fur is the vintage girl’s best friend. If you don’t have a family heirloom hanging in your closet, consider sewing a faux fur wrap to add polish to your vintage outfit. When buying faux fur, choose the softest available.
Make shares a video on how to make your own animal-friendly faux fur wrap.
knit shift dress
Swing Shift

A knit shift dress offers stylistas a truly mod-inspired vintage outfit. A simple black knit dress worn over tights and with flats or even knee-high go-go boots creates chic but playful work wear, or choose a more colorful yarn and a plain-colored liner for something a little more daring.
Learn more about this and 2 other free patterns for knitting a shift dress from CraftFoxes.
vintage-inspired knit sweater
A Cold Sweat-er

As though pulled from Marilyn Monroe’s “How to Marry a Millionaire” and her nearsighted skiing outing, this busty sweater would look great snuggled up next to the massive fire of a ski lodge or tucked over a slimming pencil skirt.
Grab the free vintage sweater pattern from the Examiner.
woman wears pencil skirt
Pencil Pusher

Speaking of a pencil skirt, this easy pattern is also surprisingly modern. A thicker cotton knit is cut in the traditional silhouette — a tucked-in waist, barely room for air at the hips and then an almost-tight fit at the knee — and, if the fabric stretches enough, new seamstresses won't have to worry about breaking their sewing machine on a zipper.
Make a pencil skirt from scratch to complete your vintage outfit, thanks to Cotton and Curls free sewing pattern.
saddle shoes
Black and Blue

Turn staid white tennis shoes or even flats into stylish saddle shoes with this easy refashion. Black paint and a steady hand are the most important elements of this how-to. Pair the shoes with city shorts and a simple top for a subtle vintage outfit, or go whole-hog with bobby socks and a flared skirt.
Learn how to make your own vintage-inpsired saddle shoes with the free shoe refashion via By Wilma.

Image credits (from top): Elegant Musings, BurdaStyle / megatron, Panda Hall Stock, Tick Tock Vintage, Elegant Musings, Stripes and Sequins, Planet Purl, Examiner, Cotton and Curls and By Wilma

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