Retro With Lana is an online vintage sewing pattern shop based in California and owned and operated by the incredibly sweet Lana! Lana offers an amazing selection of patterns, and you can find anything from vintage (starting in the 1940’s!) to modern patterns, and she even carries costume, craft, men’s and children’s patterns as well! Retro With Lana also ships internationally!
As you all know, I’ve been really into 1970’s fashion and am trying to build a collection of 1970’s sewing patterns so I can start sewing myself clothes from this decade. Over the Labour Day long weekend, I bought several 1970’s sewing patterns and two were from Retro With Lana. Since Lana’s shop is based in California and I’m all the way over here in Canada, I fully expected my patterns to take a few weeks to reach me, as that has typically been the case when I’ve ordered online from the US, but to my surprise (and joy!) my patterns actually arrived yesterday, which was over a week earlier than even Etsy predicted! Yay!
The two patterns I ordered came in their own individual protective sleeves, with a piece of cardboard in the envelope to keep them from being bent or damaged during shipping. As I’ve mentioned before, this is something I really appreciate, especially when it comes to precious items like vintage sewing patterns! And it was especially helpful this time around, because sure enough, my overzealous mail carrier actually jammed this package into my mailbox at such an angle that it was almost impossible to get it out! While the envelope the patterns were in ended up being a bit torn and worse for wear due to his carelessness, my patterns were perfectly intact and no harm had come to them, which was such a huge relief!
Here are the two patterns I ordered – Butterick 6508 and Simplicity 6086! I was unable to find the year Butterick 6508 came out anywhere on the pattern, but I’d guess the early 1970’s, based on the style of the clothes and other patterns I’ve seen from this time period. Simplicity 6086 has the year printed on the envelope (which I always love to see!) and is from 1973. I love both of these patterns!
Butterick 6508 is uncut and factory folded, which is always amazing to find in a vintage pattern! The pattern is for a “misses’ jacket, skirt, pants, shorts and top” – I love patterns that actually include entire outfits with pieces you can mix and match! Though I recently bought a 1970’s pattern for a blouse, knit top and shorts (Simplicity 9487, from 1971), I couldn’t resist buying this lovely Butterick pattern, especially since it includes a jacket, skirt (with length variations!) and trousers. I’m always looking for the perfect 1970’s trousers and/or jeans pattern, and I can’t wait to try making these! This pattern can be made with double knits, linen, wool, corduroy and denim (for the jacket, skirt, pants or shorts) and the top is made with “soft or crisp fabrics such as knits” – funny, I’ve never heard of a “crisp” knit, but then, I don’t have a ton of experience with knit fabrics! I have to say, this is one of those patterns that really makes me wish I weren’t so allergic to wool, because I think a wool version of any one of these views would be just amazing!
Simplicity 6086 is for a “misses’ one-piece short dress or short two-piece dress with detachable collar and cuffs”. I think view 1 is my favourite! These dresses are simply gorgeous, I love all of the little details, like the interesting seaming (and gathers!) under the bust, the sweet tie in the back, the gathers at the shoulders, the totally 70’s v neck and adorable sleeves! And as a side note, I love that the girls in the pattern illustration are both wearing super cute platform heels as well! LOVE this pattern!
I think when I make view 1, I’ll add the detachable cuffs and collar from view 2, because I love them, too! Who am I kidding? I’ll totally end up making both views! This is another pattern that is uncut and factory folded, by the way! Amazing that the person who originally bought it never made it! The suggested fabric for both views are: crepe-back satin, sateen, jersey, matte jersey, challis, crepe, printed silk, surah, chambray, lawn, chintz, linen, broadcloth, lightweight wool, and wool flannel. And the detachable contrasting collar and cuffs can also be made in pique. What an enormous list of suggested fabrics! Try reading that list out loud and you’ll probably end up out of breath before long – I sure did! 😉 But with such a wide variety of fabric possibilities you can make this dress multiple times using different fabrics and each time it will have a slightly different look and feel, which is really great!
Both of my patterns arrived exactly as described, which is always wonderful – when buying vintage sewing patterns online you don’t want to run into nasty surprises (like a pattern that was described as complete arriving with missing pieces, or one that is listed as being in good condition coming to you with pattern pieces that are tattered beyond use, etc, and yes, both have happened to me in the past!), they were packaged very neatly and securely and the shipping was much faster than expected, which I really appreciated! Lana was a real pleasure to do business with and I would definitely order from her shop again – I already have my eye on several of her other patterns! Lana actually has Modes Royale patterns from the 1940’s in her shop right now – be still my heart! Modes Royale is definitely one of those “Holy Grail” sewing pattern companies for me, along with Spadea and a few others – absolutely stunning patterns, that also happen to be incredibly rare and so (understandably) more expensive than this chick could ever afford!
Seriously, these patterns are so chic, it hurts!
I can’t believe this one is also uncut and factory folded!! And you won’t believe it, but the next one is, too!!
I had a really great experience ordering patterns from Retro With Lana, and I can’t recommend this shop highly enough! Definitely make sure to check out Lana’s shop – and someone please save me from temptation and buy those gorgeous Modes Royale patterns! They’re so beautiful, I can’t even stand it! And If you do buy them (or any other patterns from Retro With Lana, for that matter), please make sure to let me know, I’d love to see pictures of your makes! 🙂