Anything from the 1980s doesn't deserve to stay there. Some of these vintage sewing patterns feature an edgy style. As for the rest of the covers, they probably show us what's next!
Chic Vogue Dress Pattern 9715
Vogue 9715 featured a sassy attached peplum top. The black and white dress on the cover reminds me of the fancy polka dot dress Bette Midler wears in the movie Big Business (1988).
Very Easy Vogue 7604 Misses Romper Pattern
Short, cropped mesh romper with three different choices for the top. Here's your chance to look like Olivia Newton-John's sister muse in the 1980 musical Xanadu!
Strapless evening dress Vogue 1701
This formal dress designed by Bellville Sassoon features a ruffled skirt with vertical ruffles. Could the woman in the red dress be Princess Diana during her rebellious days?
McCalls 8925 Blouse and Skirt Pattern Designed by Laura Ashley
McCalls 8925 includes a separate blouse and skirt, with perhaps the petticoat as well. Is it just me, or does this scream Little House on the Prairie?
Butterick 4864 by Eileen West
Following on from the previous outfit, Butterick 4864 was reportedly inspired by Laura Ingalls' nightgown.
Vogue American Designer 2559 by Kasper
This “American Designer” dress from Vogue features an overcoat and coat dress fit for an American spy working undercover in the Soviet Union. Once I dreamed of being her.
Vogue 1412 separates by Jenny Sharp
Vogue Individualism model 1412 features Michael Jackson on the cover wearing a long cardigan and matching skirt. This blanket proves that beige has always been the color of sophistication.
Burda 6573 Wedding dress or spring party dress
The puffed sleeves and full skirt of this wedding dress are once again reminiscent of Princess Diana, as well as this model who looks like her! Have you seen a V-shaped steering wheel like this since?
Vogue Patterns 1914 by Perry Ellis
I have nothing to say except that the 1980s nailed this set. Seriously, I would wear everything except the top because it has buttons down the back, which would never suit an independent woman. The pattern includes the top, skirt and jacket, which offer many options.
Vogue 1436 dress by Jean Muir
A stylish 1980s woman might have pulled it off, but on most bodies this dress would probably look like a nightgown. I think I saw something very similar in Downton Abbey.
Butterick 3382 by Richard Warren
Whatever you do, don't forget the shoulder pads! Butterick 3382's midi dress, featuring a pleated skirt and sailor collar, wouldn't look good without them.
Vogue American Designer 2121 by Scott Barrie
Simplicity 2121 gave 80s seamstresses the chance to look like Farrah Fawcett from Charlie's Angels. Unfortunately, I don't think the yellow dress in the photo looks much like the drawing, and I prefer this one!
Vogue American Designer 1508 by Calvin Klein
Yes, the Vogue 1508 dates back to the 1980s. It was released in 1985, to be exact. Calvin Klein's loose pants, blouses, button-down tops, and crop tops would fit in perfectly today.
PollyAnna: Paula Drach's quilted sweater
Delicious! I predict that the current quilted coat trend will evolve into a quilted sweater craze. This sewing pattern also included knitting instructions for the sleeves, waist and cuffs.
Butterick 6511 Cabbage Patch Children's Clothing
If you know, you know. If you don't, there are no words to explain the phenomenon that is Cabbage Patch Kids. It was bigger than the American Girl Dolls, Polly Pocket, Bratz Dolls or Webkins. Even bigger than Beanie Babies. I don't see anything like that making a comeback, do you?
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