“Make do and mend” was the motto of the 1940s. This in turn led to an increase in homemade clothing during the war. Many women turned to printed sewing patterns to help them create the latest fashions on a strict budget.
While ready made clothing is available to buy today, there’s something special about sewing your own clothing. 1940s reproduction sewing patterns are easier to follow and come in better size ranges than genuine vintage patterns. We’ve handpicked many of our favorite 1940s sewing patterns for house, day and evening dresses, blouses, wide leg pants, overalls, aprons, lingerie, rompers, swimsuits, and more. We also found some men’s patterns (scroll down or click here to jump), knitting patterns, and 1940s inspired fabric too. Click here to go to our reproduction vintage sewing pattern hub.