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Vintage Sewing Patterns - Men's Shirts from the 1920s, 40s 50s & 60s

Like watching a feel-good movie?  Picture yourself as a roaring 1920s Peaky Blinder or maybes a Jay Gatsby? Then view our collection of vintage men’s shirts sewing patterns from every decade. Dress shirts had detachable white round collars called club collars. After the Great Depression came to an end and the impending war loomed, men's fashion overtook style as everybody required practical and sturdy clothing and in response to the shortage of materials and labour the sturdy utility regulation shirt was worn. WW11 had a profound impact on fashion in the first half of the 1940s. It was time for men to relax and allow for fun and leisure. They quickly learnt, that life is short so you should have as much fun as possible and to be able to express themselves, starting with their wardrobe.  Think Hollywood. Think Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, among many, who paved the way to men’s fashion of today. The Hawaiian 'aloha' shirt was something of a casual style staple in the late 1940s. Buttoned down basic shirts, dress shirts, western plaid shirts, bowling shirts and shirt jackets, proved very popular during the 1950s. The 1960s welcomed the more relaxed fit, with Nehru collars, (think the Beatles) sports, turtleneck and polo shirts which had stretch for comfort.

Browse our collection of Men’s retro shirt patterns. Our sizes range from XXS to XXL. We offer the original pattern, a high-quality reproduction or true to scale easy PDF sewing patterns to download at home.