Monday, August 11, 2008

Finding vintage sewing patterns on Etsy

When you think of Etsy you think handmade. At least you should since that's been their guiding principle since they launched the site in June 2005. Their mission - to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers - reflects the handmade focus.

However, did you realize that Etsy has a multitude of sellers that sell vintage items - including sewing patterns? With a little bit of searching, you can unearth treasures, such as this vintage Simplicity pattern Linda recently purchased.

You just need to know how to search. You see, the default search function for Etsy is to search for items listed under the category "handmade", because, well, that's what's Etsy is known for.

That means if you type in "vintage sewing pattern" because you just want to browse and see what's available, you won't see all of the vintage sewing patterns that are for sale. Oh, you'll see some, but those are the ones that weren't tagged correctly.

You need to make a simple change so you'll see more patterns. Just change the default setting to "all items: tags, titles" which will broaden your search.

Etsy pattern sellers put tags on their patterns which make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. Perhaps you love 70s fashions - search under all items for 1970s sewing patterns and this is you might find...137 pages with patterns tagged with sewing, patterns, and 1970s.

If you're looking for a specific pattern type in the pattern number under the all items search to easily wade through the hundreds of pattern listings. For example, if you're looking for Vogue 1819 you'll soon find out that there are two of them listed.

Pattern prices range from 99 cents for a vintage 70s shift dress all the way up to $55 for a vintage Vogue DVF wrap dress pattern.

Try it out and see what you can find. Warning, it can be a bit addictive as you'll stumble across items you never would have thought to search for.

Tomorrow I'll provide a list of all of the vintage pattern vendors that I've located on Etsy. Pin It


  1. Thanks enabler!! Now I'm going to have to jump off my vintage diet! LOL

  2. I use my Etsy store to clear out my excess vintage patterns, but I'm hopelessly addicted, so I actually buy more than I sell. *sigh*

    Oh well, as long as my fiance never looks in my sewing room, all is well.

  3. Most helpful to us patternaholics!



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