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How to Find Out-of-Print Sewing Patterns

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The sewing pattern companies reuse their pattern numbers. So, when you are searching for an older pattern you need to know not only the pattern number you are searching for - but when it was printed, or a description of the item so that you can find it. Simplicity 1234 could be a dress one year and a few years later it could be a shirt pattern. If you can't find a pattern you wanted from years past, here's some links:

How to find out of print or discontinued sewing patterns:

McCalls Out-of-Print Patterns:

Simplicity Out-of-Print patterns:

Sewing Collectibles and Vintage Patterns:

By Cyinda from near Seattle


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By BronSum06/21/2013

Also try the have a huge range of recently out-of-print patterns at great prices and the post anywhere.

By jane jones [2]03/03/2008

Thank you SO much! I had a couple of patterns I really loved, but couldn't find in my current size any more. Now I might be able to

By Janice C. [18]02/28/2008

Thanks for all the fascinating info.

By cybergrannie (Guest Post)02/27/2008

Thanks for all this this great information.


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Question: Sources for Sewing Pattern Instructions

I can't find the instructions for a pattern I want to use. I looked on the Simplicity website and it was not there either (neither is my pattern). Any help appreciated! This is a short set for youngest granddaughter.

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By Maile [44]08/03/2011

You didn't' mention what type of pattern it was...dress, pants, top, etc. I'd be more that happy to help, if I knew what it was you were sewing. I've done everything from my own wedding gown to swimwear, lingerie, suits, etc. Garment construction is pretty basic, just like building a building.

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