Getting ready for a full year of 1920s Gatsby themed events means turning my sewing room into a 1920s fashion house. Flapper dresses, day dresses, house frocks, aprons, coats, and simple slips are all in the plans for this year. I might even make 1920s clothes for my husband.
The first step to making a twenties wardrobe is the sewing patterns. I searched the web and found the following 1920s vintage, reproduction and vintage-inspired sewing patterns for women and men (men’s 1920s patterns links are below the women’s section – click here to jump to them). Additional clothing pattern makers are listed at the end.
Ladies, if you want to make the most authentic yet flattering 1920s dress for your body type, face shape and hair color, pick up a free copy of my 1920s Fashion for Your Body Type book.
1920s Patterns – Women
These are some of our favorite 1920s patterns sold online. Scroll down for even more options:
1920s Patterns – Men
1920s Vintage Patterns
Patterns from the Past – A large collection of vintage 1920s patterns, many in color!
Vintage Pattern Library – A few reproduced patterns from the ’20s, mostly dresses.
So Vintage Patterns – Rare 1920s vintage patterns sell out fast.
Etsy.com – A wide range of vintage, reproduction and new patterns.
eBay.com – Search for 1920s patterns, flapper patterns, or Gatsby patterns.
Reproduction Pattern Makers
Reconstructing History – A little bit of everything, including corsets, men’s, and children.
Past Patterns – Dresses, skirts, blouses, slips, men’s and children’s patterns. Past Patterns has been making historical patterns longer than most companies.
Decades of Style – A small unique selection of women’s dresses, blouses, bags, capes, and aprons.
Long A Go – Women’s dresses, slips, coats and cloche hats.
Folk Wear – 1927 Tea dress. Some of their other patterns may also work for ’20s.
Rocking Horse Farms – One mid ’20s handkerchief hem evening dress.
1919 “20 minute” Dress – Amazing, simple, almost no sewing, no pattern, dress you can make in 20 minutes.
Women’s Wear of the 1920s – book with 63 museum dresses, graded and ready to make in your size. For experienced sewers.
1920s Inspired Patterns
Burda patterns – (mostly free patterns) “These trending styles are a nod to Gatsby and Fitzgerald with a modern spin. In this collection, we see many straight silhouettes with dropped waistlines and godets. These dresses have great style and would make a perfect outfit that you could wear in summer as well as transition into fall. This collection also features distinctive designs for different body types.”
McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick – The big 4 usually have a 1920s option either in the costume section or in modern clothing that only need minimal adjustments (look for drop waist dresses or slip dresses).
1920s Fashion Guides
The article on 1920s fabrics and colors will be helpful for sewing authentic clothing.
Now that your costume is made, do you have the right shoes and accessories to go with it?
- Shop 1920s Style jewelry (cheap prices) and headbands.
- Shop 1920s Style Scarfs and wraps – A very important accessory for evening wear.
- Shop 1920s Style hats (cloche hats) these are mostly plain hats which are perfect for further decorating.
- Shop 1920s Style Shoes or read about the different styles of twenties shoes for women.