Our capsule wardrobe vintage sewing pattern collection:
Inspired by the ultimate icon, Marilyn Monroe, this revere dress is a classic 1950s style. Mix and match the skirts with the Miriam Set to choose the shape that suits you best. We fell in love with this revere bodice so much that we decided to also adapt it into a blouse to wear with separates. You can also make the skirt on its own for a quick make that’s perfect for beginners. And it has pockets!
Miriam Set: Dress & Jacket
Named after the incredibly stylish character Mrs Maisel (the Marvellous Mrs MaiseI), this cute jacket and dress set can be worn together or separately, perfect for special occasions. The dress is waisted and comes with the option of pairing it with a pleated or darted straight skirt or with the fuller Marilyn skirt, giving you so many options. The straight skirt can also be made on its own and worn with the Vera Blouse.
For the rockabilly lovers amongst you, these capri style pants are a must-have. Close-fitting with a super flattering raised back, the Rita trousers have so many interesting details, from the waistband to the hem. Wear them with the Vera Blouse or the Marilyn Blouse for different looks.
Vera can look totally Twiggy or like something straight out of the Great Gatsby. Thanks to countless neckline and sleeve variations, you can make it the perfect design for you. It also looks beautiful as a blouse, worn with the skirts and trousers.
This coat was designed for all the Betty Draper-style (Mad Men) lovers out there. It works beautifully with all of the designs in this book, especially the Marilyn Dress. Vivienne is just the right shape and length to compliment the fit and flare look we love so much. Choose to make it with or without welt pockets and with a tie belt or a simple back belt.
Have a look at our Vintage Dreaming lookbook for a peek inside our new eBook!
Sizing and Fabric Requirements
The sewing patterns in My Capsule Wardrobe: Vintage Dreaming are sized between UK 6 – 30. The patterns are split into two different blocks. Sizes 6-20 (B cup) and sizes 18-30 (D cup). Click here to download the sizing charts and fabric requirements for all patterns in the 6-20 size range. Click here to download the sizing charts and fabric requirements for all patterns in the 18-30 size range.
We’ve selected fabrics that will match each pattern perfectly, which you can find in the Vintage Dreaming fabric category. You can find other useful extras like the strap adjusters for the Miriam Dress in our haberdashery section.
What level is the eBook aimed at?
Aimed at confident beginners and upwards, there’s a pattern for every skill level in this vintage pattern collection. Most patterns fall in the intermediate range, though the Vera Blouse & Dress can be tackled by a confident beginner. Marilyn, Miriam and Rita are aimed at sewers with a bit more experience, and the Vivienne Coat requires the know-how of advanced sewers. With loads of variations, each pattern can be made simpler or more challenging depending on which version you choose. For instance, whilst the Marilyn Dress & Blouse fall in the intermediate territory, the skirt-only variation can easily be tackled by a beginner. All patterns come with with clear instructions and step-by-step diagrams, guiding you through every stitch.
What is an eBook?
An eBook is a digital book, designed to be viewed on a computer, laptop or tablet. Much like a PDF pattern, once your order is placed, you will be automatically redirected to your Sew Over It account, from where you’ll be able to download your eBook. You will also receive all patterns in tiled PDF format (A4 and US letter) and copyshop format, along with the corresponding instruction files and sizing charts. To make it easier for you, each pattern and set of instructions comes as its own file. If you have never used a digital PDF pattern before and don’t know where to begin, see our Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on the blog.
If you purchase one of the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing options, you will also receive all of the patterns printed on A0 paper in the post. If you only want certain patterns printing, you can order them individually with our Copyshop Printing Service.
The patterns in the 6-20 size range have the following number of pages:
Marilyn Dress – V1, 3 and 4: 67 A4 pages, 70 US Letter Size pages
Marilyn Dress – V2, 3 and 5: 67 A4 pages, 70 US Letter Size pages
Marilyn Dress – V3: 27 A4 pages, 25 US Letter Size pages
Miriam Set – Jacket: 34 A4 pages, 33 US Letter Size pages
Miriam Set – Dress: 36 A4/US Letter Size pages
Vera Dress: 45 A4/US Letter Size pages
Rita Trousers: 27 A4 pages, 26 US Letter Size pages
Vivienne Coat: 87 A4 pages, 90 US Letter Size pages
The patterns in the 18-30 size range have the following number of pages:
Marilyn Dress – V1, 3 and 4: 74 A4 pages, 80 US Letter Size pages
Marilyn Dress – V2, 3 and 5: 74 A4 pages, 80 US Letter Size pages
Marilyn Dress – V3: 34 A4 pages, 34 US Letter Size pages
Miriam Set – Jacket: 40 A4/US Letter Size pages
Miriam Set – Dress: 40 A4/US Letter Size pages
Vera Dress: 52 A4 pages, 50 US Letter Size pages
Rita Trousers: 32 A4 pages, 35 US Letter Size pages
Vivienne Coat: 101 A4 pages, 104 US Letter Size pages
Layered PDF patterns
The Vintage Dreaming eBook PDF pattern files are layered, meaning you can choose to print only the size(s) you need when printing at home. Find out more here.
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