I recently made my #20in2020 list, splitting into ten fabrics and ten patterns that I want to get to this year. But that of course left out the many other patterns I am keen to try!
IF I were to add a list of ten more patterns to that challenge, there are at least ten of my thrifted 80s and 90s patterns that I would love to make this year. I am not adding them to an actual challenge, but I did think I'd share some of my favourites from my fairly large retro stash.
What I am always most excited by are dress patterns. I love dresses. This 1984 McCalls 8960 says Fast Times at Ridgemont High to me -- the checkerboard print is spectacularly 80s. This could be a really fun make. The Simplicity 7668 from 1991 has a nice skirt option in this elasticated waist dress - and an interesting elastic waist jacket.
Vogue 9166 is 90s elegance and has the simple detail of tripled topstitching at neckline and sleeve hems. I think this would look great in a beautiful linen. McCalls 3551 is oh so 80s -- All views are basically the same dress, except for the yellow View B which has a collar added.
Style always has interesting design lines in their patterns. Style 4233 from 1984 is no exception - with a high neckline and dolman sleeves, plus the full skirt that I like better, this one is a bit of a fabric hog. But I think it's really cute. Simplicity 8346 is similar to the other 90s "Damon Dress Inc" pattern above, but also includes a woven cardigan pattern. I really like this one, both the dress and jacket.
And finally, another look in at something besides a dress... I have these two super cute patterns for separates. I've seen side buttoned skirts in both Big Four and Indie patterns this season, and remembered this Butterick 4716 from the late 80s in my stash. This has a nice shaped waistband, and I love the view with coloured tights. The McCalls 4042, also from the 80s, has a variety of top views, I think they are all pretty great. The purple short sleeved one would look good with the Butterick skirt, too!
Do you like to collect old patterns? If so, what's your favourite one right now? Which one would you choose to make up right away?