Retro Dresses: Inspired by the Past

ANCIENT PHOTOS in the general album: from the 1840s-1850s to 1890s-1910s.
ANCIENT PHOTOS - RUSSIA (second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, pre-revolutionary)
Photos from family albums (USSR)

Photographs and drawings of patterns.
"Friend of the Housewife" (1929) - a guide to cutting and sewing, author A. Krichevsky

German patterns of radiation cut of the late 1930s-early 1940s.
DER GOLDENE Schnitt / Golden Ratio - BEAM
Drawings of patterns of a radiation cut from the German collection of 1948
Several drawings of the 1940s-1950s from foreign sources, mainly French, in centimeters.

GERMAN MAGAZINES 50s with patterns in albums.
1) 'Dresses' Journal without a cover,
2) 'Modenblatt'.,
3) 'Brigitte'1954 / 04 German magazine with patterns.

"CHRISTIAN DIOR" - a book of the publishing house of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996
Swimwear, 50s swimwear
1950s and 1960s in Soviet fashion magazines, including schemes.
Soviet collection with drawings of patterns 1950s-1960s.
Soviet album of the 1950s with drawings of patterns.
An album with patterns "For Women" (1958) Open
Soviet album with drawings of patterns in 1959

"Women's Beach Suits" 1959, pages and link to a book.
Book L.M. Virtel, A.M. Yampolska 1959 ("Cutting and sewing of linen")

Patterns 50x-60x for printing on A4, including base patterns from books of the early 60s

Shared album.
"HUNDRED FASHION OF WOMEN'S DRESS" (1965) - the most famous book on the retro 50s, modeling based on many styles of dress, sewing technique.
Magazine "Helping the Mistresses" of 1961 with drawings of patterns Open
The magazine "to help the mistresses" of 1964 with drawings of patterns.
"Odivani" 1963, summer, Czechoslovakia - a catalog with models and drawings of patterns in scale.
The book "Collar Models" (1960), containing all kinds of, including fantasy variations of collars in the fashion of the 1950s. Construction.

"Items of the female toilet" G.I. Savitskaya (Moscow, 1969) - a book about cutting and sewing of women's underwear (bras, graces, belts).

Various designer retro models. Open

60s: hot and stylish! Burda Special Project 07/2019

Retro is a concept rather abstract and without clear boundaries. Moreover, each of its eras deserves not just a separate article, but a full-fledged study. But today we will talk about the most characteristic, most iconic silhouettes of key retro decades! And thanks to our patterns of dresses in retro style, you can complement your wardrobe with beautiful outfits of your favorite eras.


The First World War had a tremendous impact not only on the minds and hearts, but also on fashion. Tired of sorrows and tragedies, people frantically rushed to the joys of life, adding to the value an endless series of entertainment, wealth and aristocratic chic.

Bars, restaurants, taverns and merry feasts with dancing attracted thousands of people, and a new ideal of a woman gradually took shape in society: thin, thin, with narrow hips and a boyish hairstyle, playful and slipping away. Yes, in this image there was a place of femininity, but she has undergone incredible changes compared to the previous century.

The silhouette of the 20s is straight, with a lowered waistline, stretching the figure and completely depriving it of seductive bends. Such simplicity of the cut led to the complexity of the decor: embroidery with silk, beads, sequins, all kinds of cuts, fringe and unusual sleeves.

5 trends of the 20s of the XX century that are worth adopting

Today, dresses in the style of the 20s are most often chosen for festive events precisely because of the magnificence of the finish. Such evening dresses in retro style look luxurious, but casual dresses are quite appropriate these days. The main thing is to make sure that the low waist suits you: as a rule, this style looks best on figures such as Inverted Triangle and Rectangle.

Dress patterns - over 300 dress patterns for any occasion!

The famous Coco Chanel once said: “If you remember the woman, but did not remember the dress that she was wearing, then she was dressed perfectly!” Find your perfect dress with us and sew it!
We offer you the most accurate dress patterns for every taste and for any occasion: short and long dresses, dress patterns with sleeves and without sleeves, fluffy dresses and a figure. You can use ready-made model solutions, or model your own dresses using the modeling methods presented at the Sewing School.
If you are new to sewing, start with simpler models - sew a dress of a simple silhouette, evaluate the accuracy of the pattern, fit the figure. If the dress “sat down” perfectly, proceed to more complex models. Use high-quality fabrics and threads, because it is the fabric that soloists in dresses of a simple cut, creating a chic image of a sophisticated lady. Be sure to first take measurements and build a dress-base pattern, on which you will model your future creation.
We have prepared for you a lot of useful tips, workshops, ready-made patterns of dresses, and patterns-basics for different types of figures.
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Business dress of the 60s

The model is made with a combined cut: one-piece, with cutting barrels. Sleeves are straight, 3⁄4, set-in. One-piece collar with button placket. A straight-cut skirt with a pinch on the sides along the waist line.

For sewing this dress, dress or costume fabrics such as thin wool, dense silk are suitable.

For the 48th size, you need 1.9 ... 2.0 m with a width of 1.4 m.

  • back length 109 cm,
  • chest circumference 96 cm,
  • waist circumference 76 cm,
  • hips circumference 104 cm.

The pattern of this model is presented below.

You need to make it life-size and cut the parts with allowances of 1 cm in the neck, 4 ... 5 cm in the lower hem of the hem, and 1.5 cm in other sections.

Ready-made pattern of a festive dress

On the eve of the holidays, Anastasia Korfiati's sewing school has prepared a pleasant surprise for all readers of the site. Especially for you, Anastasia Korfiati has created a simple cut, but incredibly effective festive dress made of blue-emerald glitter with a degrading effect. Such a model is suitable for almost any figure and, depending on the color and quality of the material from which you sew it, will look completely different. Sparkling glitter, luxurious jacquard, satin, silk and even lace - any elegant fabric is suitable for this dress. Ready-made pattern of a festive dress in 5 sizes and tips for modeling on a non-standard figure - in our next lesson.

Stylish dress of the 60s

Elegant dress with a full skirt and an adjacent bodice. The waistline is emphasized by a set-in belt. On the front part of the bodice oncoming folds are modeled, on the back of the bodice - assemblies.

The top of the skirt is gathered, the bodice is mirrored in the center of the front two deep oncoming folds. Sleeves have a length of 3⁄4.

Such a dress is recommended to be made of fine wool or thick silk.

For the 44th size, you need to take 2.6 m with a width of 1.1 m.

  • chest circumference 88 cm,
  • waist circumference 68 cm,
  • hips circumference 96 cm.

The pattern of this model is presented below.

You need to make it life-size and cut the parts with allowances of 1 cm in the neck, 4 ... 5 cm in the lower hem of the hem, and 1.5 cm in other sections.

Warm dress pattern

A simple cut, but very warm and comfortable dress with a free silhouette was created especially for the cold season. The model is made of soft textured knitted fabric and has several non-standard details: oncoming folds on the sleeves model the volume, large patch pockets, cut across, create geometry, the original hem of the lower edge adds lightness to the product. Effective buttons act as bright accents and give the model a complete look. And even if you are not a fan of short dresses, combining this warm dress with tight skinny jeans, leggings or tight wool tights, you will feel comfortable in any situation. Pattern and workshop for tailoring a warm dress - in this lesson.

Dress with thin straps

A one-piece dress of a direct silhouette is a style that does not go out of fashion for a decade. In this model, only chest tucks are left, the waistline is removed.

For sewing a dress, it is recommended to use both lightweight fabrics of a natural composition - linen, silk, and dense woolen fabrics.

For this model, you need to take the material one length plus 20 cm.

High cut dress pattern

The quality of the material used for sewing is often the starting point when sketching a product. The density, coefficient of elasticity and color of the material give rise to the contours and silhouette lines of the future model in the imagination of the designer. For our next lesson, we created a model from a dense “heavy” synthetic jersey of dark plum color, and when working on the model it was the material that dictated the silhouette of the dress. The result is a product that can emphasize all the advantages of a female figure!

One-piece sleeve pattern

A one-piece sleeve is not only a very popular modern trend, but also an excellent solution for clothes of soft forms, because the shoulder line of such a sleeve turns out to be streamlined and smooth, and the configuration of the shoulder slope and the width of the sleeve itself can be varied depending on the angle of the sleeve during modeling. Let's take a closer look at what types of one-piece sleeves are, how they differ and how to model a one-piece sleeve with a gusset yourself.


We draw two lines perpendicular to each other. At the intersection, mark the point (∙) A. Vertically lay 84 cm. Horizontally - 26 cm.

Next, from (∙) A measure out 23 cm down, 10 cm to the right.

From (∙) 23 cm to the right, lay 26 cm. From (∙) 84 cm to the right, lay 18 and 36 cm. From (∙) 36 cm up, measure 2 cm.

To mark the tucks along the side seam line down, we postpone 4 cm. We build the first tuck 8 cm long and 2 cm deep. We make the second tuck after 3 cm.


We draw two lines perpendicular to each other. At the intersection, mark the point (∙) A. Vertically lay 80 cm. Horizontally - 24 cm.

Next, from (∙) A, we measure down 19 cm, to the right 10 cm.

From (∙) 19 cm to the right, lay 24 cm. From (∙) 80 cm to the right, lay 17 cm and 46 cm. From (∙) 34 cm up, measure 2 cm.

For straps we cut out strips of 5 by 42 cm. The width of the straps in the finished form is 2.5 cm.

Victoria Beckham Dress Pattern

Each fashion show of the famous designer and inimitable style icon Victoria Beckham is a real event and always collects a huge number of admired reviews. The dresses created by her almost never go out of fashion - elegant forms, flying silhouettes and enveloping fabrics - these are the main components of the success of her models. At the numerous requests of our subscribers, we publish a pattern that was developed based on dresses from Victoria Beckham.

Dress with a curly back

The original and modern retro dress looks romantic and playful at the same time. Depending on the fabric used for sewing, such a model can be either an evening, cocktail option, or an original summer dress.

The silhouette of the dress is semi-adjacent, with a detachable flared skirt. The armhole is curly, with a zipper sewn along the back of the dress in the center. Before - closed, with a round roll. The back is decorated with flowers made from the main fabric.

For this model, we recommend using light dress materials - chiffon, silk.

You will need to type one bodice length plus two skirt lengths.

The proposed pattern is made on the 46th size with a height of 168 cm.

Dress with wide sleeves

Lush voluminous sleeves are a very bright and feminine trend of the season. And since such a style accentuates the figure even more and makes it very elegant, the girls are happy to follow the fashion trend and choose dresses with similar sleeves. A vivid example of this is the recent release of Celine Dion on the Alexandre Vauthier show, in which the singer appeared in a mini dress with grotesque fluffy sleeves floor-length. We do not offer you to immerse yourself in bold experiments, but start with a sophisticated and feminine dress with an open shoulder line and voluminous sleeves.

Drape dress with sleeves

The front of the sleeve is cut along with the sleeves and the back. The back is slightly gathered up and sewn to the skirt. If desired, zipper can be sewn into the back seam.

For this dress, we recommend using lightweight dressing fabrics.

You will need to dial 1.8 m with a width of at least 1.4 m.

The proposed pattern is made on the 46th size with a height of 168 cm.

Pattern dresses with an Ascot collar

We could not pass by the original idea of ​​a viscose dress with a high ascot collar, a bow in which is sewn separately, and tied with large eyelets installed directly on the corners of the collar. We are sure that you, looking at this wonderful dress, will want to sew something like this for your wardrobe!

Sundress in Russian folk style

The style is stylized as a Russian folk dress. As a complement, a scarf is made of fabric for decoration. The silhouette of the dress expands downward, tucks are present only lapel.

For sewing a sundress, cotton fabric, linen is used. For decor, you can use a ready-made trimming or companion fabric.

You will need to dial one length of the sundress plus 20 cm.

The pattern is made on the 46th size with a height of 156 cm.

Below we offer a detailed workshop on tailoring dresses in the style of the 60s.

Patterns of beach dresses

Preparing for a vacation, it is better to think over your wardrobe in advance. The clothes should not only be bright, but also comfortable, and the fabrics from which you plan to sew a beach dress or tunic should allow the skin to breathe and at the same time they will not form too many folds and creases when you take them off when you come to the beach. The ideal material for such clothes is undoubtedly cotton knitwear. And today we offer you two luxurious models of beach dresses that you can sew without any pattern in just half an hour. All you need for this is a piece of material and a sewing machine.

Dress pattern with drapery at the waist

When sewing products from plain fabrics, designers, to emphasize the properties and texture of the fabric, try to create complex and interesting styles using a variety of modeling techniques in products - embossed seams, undercuts, assemblies, tucks ... However, there is a simpler, but no less effective way to make this is. The play of light and shadow in the folds and draperies of a delicate peach knitted dress is unique and changes each time it moves. In our lesson today, we will show you in detail how to model a dress pattern with drapery at the waist.

Dress with long sleeves

We need to sew a dress of 42nd size with a 3⁄4 sleeve:

  • fabric, with a width of 1.6 m you need to take 2.0 m,
  • secret lightning - 40 ... 50 cm,
  • slanting inlay - 4 ... 5 m,
  • non-woven,
  • threads, sewing tool.

  • the length of the product on the back is 1.01 m,
  • sleeve length - 35 cm, cuff width - 3 cm,
  • set-in belt width - 8 cm.

Collection of dress patterns for prom

Graduation party is one of the most important events in the life of every girl, which is why a dress for prom is chosen with special trepidation. After all, such an event happens only once in a lifetime, and on this day you want to be bright, elegant and unique. Modern trends dictate a new fashion for proms, however, ball gowns retain the desire for elegant classic canons. In this article we have compiled for you a collection of fifteen sophisticated dresses that you can sew on your own, and in any of them you will make a real sensation at the celebration!


Modeling is performed on the basis of a pattern of a shoulder product without tucks.

We make a pattern of all the details - see photo.

Before cutting, we decaturate the fabric. We place patterns on the fabric. We cut out, providing for allowances of 1 cm. Do not forget to transfer to the fabric the control marks of the sleeve ridge and armhole. Cutting the details of the skirt can be performed both in a straight line and along an oblique thread. The size of the flare of the skirt and bodice is determined by your preferences and the width of the fabric.

We carry out the side seams of the bodice. Sew the zipper into the middle seam of the back of the bodice. Stitch the middle seam of the back for the rest of the length of the part.

The details of the belt are glued with non-woven.

On the lower edge of the bodice in front we lay a notched seam.

Similarly, we make a hint for the bodice of the back.

We pick up the front bodice, distribute the folds evenly.

We mix the details of the bodice and the belt.

Do the same with the bodice of the back.

We lay a notched seam along the upper cut of the skirt, we tidy up. We knit by folding the parts with the front sides.

Stitch the same details of the back.

The inner part of the front belt is applied to the wrong side of the mating part. We cut the upper edge, departing 1 cm from the cut.

Do the same with the back of the dress. We connect the first part with the 3rd part with a notched seam, folding them with their front sides, departing from the 1 cm sections. We trim the sections of the 2nd and 3rd parts, leaving 5 ... 7 mm. In this case, the 2nd part is located face to the inside of the 3rd part.

Sew the bottom of the belt with the upper cut of the skirt. We turn the lower edge of the inner part of the belt inward, closing the seam sections. Attach the inner part by sewing on the front side to the seam of the sewing together of parts.

We perform seams on the sides and shoulders.

We sew the sleeves into the armholes with a notched seam, combining the control marks.

We specify the length of the sleeve by fitting, and adjust if necessary. From the side of the elbow, we perform a 9 cm long incision. We take a note along the cuts. The ends of the piping should protrude beyond the bottom of the sleeve.

We wrap the slices in the edge, take them.

We carry out a machine line.

We pry the lower edge of the sleeve, not reaching the sleeve seam on both sides, 1 cm.

We twist the sleeve, we sew the cuffs, applying it with the front side on the front side of the sleeve.

For beginners, tailors dwell in more detail on the technology of manufacturing cuffs.

In this model, the cuffs are made without a cut and fasteners. We measure the girth of the hand at the required height. To this size we add 2 cm and another 1 cm for allowances.

The width of the cuff is determined at will. We have it equal to 3 cm. Accordingly, the width of the workpiece is 2x3 cm + 2 cm = 8 cm. We cut the same workpieces from non-woven fabric. We strengthen the details of the cuffs.

Attach the cuffs, turn on the front side.

Turn the slices, iron them.

Stitch the short sides of the cuff.

Cut off the excess fabric, process the slices, twist the sleeves.

Slices of allowances for armholes, side and back seams are treated with overlock or slanting inlay.

We cut the neckline with a slanting inlay. To do this, try on, then attach it, placing the front side on the front side of the bodice.

We turn the backing to the wrong side, turn the edge inward and fix it with oblique stitches manually.

We sew the machine stitch in the seam of the sewing or sew the hem with hidden stitches.

We turn the hem of the skirt 1 cm, after having swept it over. We do it.

Features of the styles of dresses of the 70s:

  • the length in comparison with the length of the dresses of the 60s becomes either longer or shorter,
  • in fashion mini
  • use for sewing fabrics with bright print,
  • the use of synthetic fabrics, for example, crimp.

Look at the patterns of dresses in the style of the 70s below. They look quite interesting and modern.

Dress with asymmetric closure

Semi-adjacent silhouette, short sleeve. Collar - a rack, turning into an asymmetric fastener. A collar, a level, cuffs of sleeves are emphasized by a trim line.

For dress tailoring can be used printed satin, poplin, linen.

For a dress of size 46, you need to score 2.5 m of fabric with a width of 0.8 m. In addition, you will need a slanting inlay made of contrasting fabric.

Sleeveless mini dress

Dress with high waist. The armholes, the roll-out line and the waistline are emphasized by an inlay of contrasting fabric.

For sewing such a model, it is best to use dress or costume fabrics, fine wool, dense silk, gabardine, crepe, jersey.

For a product of the 46th size, you need to dial 1.05 m of fabric with a width of 1.4 m or 2 m with a width of 0.9 m. For finishing, you need to prepare a finished inlay or contrast fabric - 0.3 m with a width of 0.9 m.

Dress "Tatyana"

Cut-off dress at the waist with an fitted bodice and a fitted skirt. Sleeve is a flashlight. The dress is decorated with plain trim and lace.

It is better to sew such a dress from printed silk, poplin, chintz or satin.

For sewing 44th size, you need to prepare 2.4 m of fabric with a width of 0.8 m. In addition, you will need a tie and lace for decoration.

Dress with a strap

The model is detachable along the waistline, with an adjacent bodice. The waistline is emphasized by a belt threaded under the bar. The bar is made of one-piece with a neckline cut. On the expanding skirt down the front and back, oncoming folds are laid.

For tailoring such a dress, printed chintz is ideal.

A 48-gauge product will require 3.2 m of fabric with a width of 0.8 m. For trim parts, 0.65 m of material with a width of 0.7 m is needed.

Wing Sleeves Evening Dress

Cut-off along the waistline, the bodice is free, without a rigid form, one-piece with sleeves. The skirt is maxi, loose. Roll out - boat. The dress is decorated with a belt.

For the manufacture of dresses, it is recommended to use plastic and light dress fabrics in saturated colors without a pattern.

For a product of size 46, you need to prepare 4.5 m of material with a width of 0.96 cm.

Below we offer a detailed workshop on sewing dresses in the style of the 70s.

Summer dress with a polo fastener

To sew a dress of size 42, you will need:

  • natural fabric (staple, linen, poplin) - with a width of 0.8 m, you need 3 m,
  • buttons - 3 pcs.,
  • non-woven,
  • slanting inlay
  • sewing supplies and threads.

  • the length of the dress on the back is 85 cm,
  • shuttlecock width - 8 cm plus 2 cm for hem;
  • polo clasp - width 6 cm plus 2 cm for allowances, length 15 cm plus 2 cm for allowances,
  • belt width 2 cm plus 1 cm for allowances.


If the dress is sewn on a woman with a large breast volume, then breast tucks are still better to do.

We mark on the fabric the contours of the back and front. Do not forget to provide allowances of 1 cm at the side seams, neck, armholes and the bottom edge of the dress.

Now mark the polo closure. We draw a straight line from the neckline 17 cm long along the midline of the front. We put an allowance mark of 1 cm on top and 2 cm below. We put 1.5 cm on both sides of the midline. The total width of the fastener is 3 cm.

We cut two strips of 8 by 17 cm. Fold them in half along the long side, iron them. From the non-woven fabric we prepare 2 strips of 3 by 15 cm. We strengthen the non-woven iron strips. We attach the planks with the front side on the front side of the front along the marked lines on both sides of the midline. We cut along the midline by 14 cm plus 1 cm of allowance, along the bottom we make diagonal cuts to the corners - see photo.

At a distance of 1 cm to the left and right side of the midline, we make cuts.

The remaining allowance (5 mm) is aligned with the size of the allowances of the stitched trims.

Wrap allowances inward and perform machine stitching at a distance of 1 mm from the edge.

We put the right bar on the left so that the triangle of the lower allowance is between them.

We fix the position of the planks and sew it with a “little envelope”. Its height is 2 cm.

Mark and loop.

To process the slice of the roll-out and armhole, we cut along the oblique turning.

We apply the facing to the front side of the slices.

Turn the edges of the short sides by 1cm for the fastener - see photo.

We attach the grinding by completing the stitch at a distance of 1 cm from the cut. We cut allowances up to 5 mm along the entire length. We wrap the slicing by turning it on the wrong side. We turn the edge of the stitching, fix it with oblique stitches. Iron the grind and attach at a distance of 1 mm from the edge of the bend.

The processing of the sections of the armholes is carried out using the same technology with a slight difference. Having noticed the edge, we unfold it and shorten the short sides. The allowances of this seam are ironed in different directions. Attach the turning on the armhole, departing 1 cm from the slices. We cut allowances up to 5 mm. We wrap the edge of the armhole with the grind, twist the second cut of the grind inward, sew the grind with oblique stitches. Iron the grind and attach at a distance of 1 mm from the edge of the bend.

The next step will be the manufacture of a shuttlecock.

To do this, draw two lines perpendicular to each other. From the intersection point, draw a circle with a radius of 10 cm. Then draw a second circle with a radius of 10 cm + the required width of the shuttlecock. Our width is 10 cm. Accordingly, the second radius is 20 cm.

Cut the pattern. Mark the outline of the shuttlecock on the fabric.

We cut out the shuttlecock. Given our length of the hem bottom hem, we need to prepare two such details.

We cut the details of the shuttlecock, process the slices with an overlock, iron them. Sew the shuttlecock along the lower edge of the dress with a notched seam.

We attach the shuttlecock, retreating 1 cm from the edge. We cut allowances up to 5 mm. We process sections of the shuttlecock and the bottom of the dress with a common oblique edging.

We process the lower section of the shuttlecock with the “Moscow seam”.

It remains for us to cut through the loops and sew buttons.

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