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Vintage 1960s Sewing Patterns

1960s patterns - Diverse Fashion Trends 

1960s Vintage Dress Patterns - The designer who led the way in the “youthquake” and influenced 1960s Vintage Dress Patterns was Mary Quant with her miniskirt and minidress. The Biba style was the classically youthful, androgynous look of the Swinging Sixties London. Mini-skirts, shift dresses, tunic smocks, baby doll dresses, coloured tights and floppy hats stocked the store. Another style influence on Vintage Evening Dress Patterns was the beautiful film star Audrey Hepburn. Her simple style of clothing had been widely copied since the 1950s, and now she appeared in the 1961 hit “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. For this she was dressed by the couturier Hubert de Givenchy. Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Patou experimented with cut in 1960s fashion, creating clothing that didn’t follow an hourglass figure- or attempt to create one). 1960s Vintage Skirt Patterns - For many young women, the shorter the skirt, the better. 60s skirt patterns dipped back to mid-calf and by 1969, the full-length maxi-skirt had emerged. Coat & jacket styles included short plastic raincoats, colourful swing coatsbubble dresses, helmet-like hats, and dyed fake-furs were popular for young women. In 1966, the Nehru jacket arrived on the fashion scene, and was worn by both sexes. Although 1960s blouses were slightly looser than those worn in the previous decade, in the early half of the sixties they were still close fitting. 1960s Blouse & Top Patterns reflected the popularity for blouses having either short, long sleeved or completely sleeveless, loose to tight fit in either plain colours or patterns. 60s Capri pants were popular again, bell bottoms never went out of fashion and hippie clothes are a 1960s fashion must have. Capri pants were also called pedal pushers. 60s sewing patterns include Culottes, these divided skirts and trim trouser skirts were introduced for travel, street wear and evenings at home. Skirts got a little bit shorter in 1960. Collarless coats, suits and dresses created a long-necked effect. Youth culture is in, hemlines rise, and as always undergarments need to reflect what is worn over them. Panties are also becoming more and more popular. Briefs come up to the waist. Nightgowns and peignoir sets are still common. 1960s sewing patterns include the baby doll nightie, named after the 1956 film, Baby Doll. Fabrics in swim wear changes in the mid 60’s when they were mainly nylon or Lycra or a mix of the two materials. The bikini made its debut appearance on the beaches of France all the way back in 1946 and hit the big screen in Manina, la fille sans voile in 1952, starring Brigitte Bardot.

Men’s wear in this period changed from the Ivy style to the mod look, influenced by British fashion and music icons. This, in turn, changed again as the American hippies took over in the late ’60s with their recycled vintage, back to the earth roots, peaceful defiance. The standard front button pajama with long or short pants was most common along with the knit pullover “skijama” look. The late 1960s saw a brief rise in the popularity in nightshirts, perma press fabric and colorful psychedelic prints. In 1960, the fashion designer, Princess Irene Galitzine, launched her "palazzo pyjamas", which became popular. The pea coat was  popular for men in the mid-60s. From the mid-1960s, men’s fashion was influenced by military element while The Beatles’ popularised the Nehru jacket.

Our 1960s sewing pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.