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.
First step to making a twenties wardrobe is the patterns. I searched the web and found the following 1920s vintage, reproduction and vintage-inspired sewing patterns. If you know of clothing patterns not included in the list, please leave a comment with a link.
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.
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
ebay.com – Search for 1920s patterns, flapper patterns, or Gatsby patterns
These are some of our favorite 1920s patterns sold online:
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.
Eva Dress- Mostly beautiful dresses, blouses, a wedding dress and a garter belt. MENS- golf knickers
Long A Go- Women’s Dress, 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.
mrsdepew.com – Mostly dresses and hats. Plus vintage ebooks for more inspiration.
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- 1920s inspired Tunic dress.
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 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.