Retro With Lana Review!

Retro With Lana logo

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!

Retro With Lana

My beautiful patterns from Retro With Lana!


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!

Retro With Lana, Butterick 6508 2

Butterick 6508

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 andย  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!

Retro With Lana, Simplicity 6086

Simplicity 6086

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,ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!ย Modes Royale is definitely one of those “Holy Grail”ย  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!

Modes Royale 660 1940s

Modes Royale pattern 660, uncut and factory folded.

I can’t believe this one is also uncut and factory folded!! And you won’t believe it, but the next one is, too!!

Modes Royale 729

Modes Royale pattern 729, uncut and factory folded.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚



18 thoughts on “Retro With Lana Review!

    • Aww! That’s so cool!! And it’d be awesome if your mom still had the pattern! ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom had a sewing machine when I was young, but unfortunately it was broken, so I never got to see her sew, though she did teach my sisters and I some basic hand sewing skills when I was about 8, and for years after I loved sewing little stuffed animals for my sisters as gifts. The few things I remember that my mom sewed were Christmas stockings for myself and my sisters, and a quilted baby blanket for one of my sisters when she was born. ๐Ÿ™‚ She also made me a “Votes for Women!” sash one year for Halloween, when I went out dressed as a Suffragette, which I actually still have! But I don’t remember her ever sewing clothes, sadly!


    • You should totally make yourself one now!!!

      Yeah, the mail carrier is pretty terrible! I can’t tell you the number of packages that have been squished or bent or otherwise wrecked! The saddest part is, literally a few steps from my mail “cubby” there is a box with bigger cubbies specifically for larger packages that don’t fit in the regular little mail boxes! All he would have to do is walk four steps, put it in one of the bigger boxes and put a key for that cubby in my mail box and NOT have to squish, bend or break my mail GRRR….Canada Post, you guys, this is Canada Post in action! Well, I shouldn’t say that – some are decent and don’t do dumb stuff like that, just the carrier I get most of the time. #NotAllCanadaPostCarriers. LOL.


      • That is such a shame about the mail carrier. My neighborhood has been blessed with the best USPS carriers, and we know how lucky we are!

        I may indeed make a dress similar to that one. I’ve been eyeing at a piece of jersey in my stash…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Yay for wonderful mail carriers! They really are a blessing in my mind! Here’s hoping that when I move, I end up with one too. LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Oooh! You should!! It’s such a pretty dress and I’d LOVE to see your take on one similar to it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. I have to admit that I tend to think of the 70s as pretty cringy fashion-wise. But I might be biased by my young child’s view of the latter half of the decade. I think a lot of it is fabric choice, really. I do like both these patterns. I’m not wild for the suit, but the dress is very cute. I might even have a pattern rather like it, but I think mine is late 60s. Hey! That suit includes a knit sweater vest that’s almost identical to the one in my post on horrible men’s patterns: – and it’s not bad for a woman. Too funny!

    My guess on the crisp knit is something thick and/or dense. Maybe something with larger yarns.

    I will be checking out Retro with Lana. Thanks!

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    • I think my view of 80’s fashion is probably biased for the same reason – having a young child’s view of the fashions from having grown up seeing it! But you’re definitely right about the fabric choice as well, a huge problem with a lot of the 70’s fashions was that it was RUINED by being made in really terrible polyester fabric when it was being mass produced. When the clothes are made in nicer fabrics, it definitely makes a big difference in the overall appearance!

      I LOVE your post on horrible men’s patterns by the way!

      I think you must be right – I’m hoping you are, anyway! I bought a thicker/denser knit fabric for this knit sweater vest and I’m hoping it will work! It feels like it should anyway. Fingers crossed!


      • I tend to think the 80s were pretty bad too. Especially the early half. I was forced to wear corduroy pants and acid wash jeans.

        Every now and then you can find some 70s garment in a thrift store that is just excellent, both because of its good condition and it’s uniqueness. I don’t think anything clothing-wise from the 80s was unique (too boxy and generic feeling). Many years ago I found a light orange polyester double knit man’s suit with like a Palm Beach resident’s idea of a western scene embroidered in oranges on the back yoke. It would have fit a friend who is 6′ 5″ and was about 400#. And I failed to buy it. I’m still kicking myself about that one. He would have worn it too.

        Good luck with your vest. I hope it’s striped or maybe plaid?

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      • Oh god, acid wash jeans!!!!! I can’t even put into words how much I loathe acid wash jeans, and my hatred doesn’t even make sense! I feel for you, boy, do I ever feel for you! And I remember the corduroy pants! I had some myself and hated them too, so why I’m choosing to make garments with corduroy now, I don’t even know, maybe to make peace with this fabric? Also, it’s so cuddly and soft, I couldn’t resist! I blew my own mind with that particular choice!

        Oh wow, that man’s suit sounds AMAZING! I don’t blame you for your feelings of regret for not buying it!

        Thank you! It’s kind of a plaid? I think? I posted a picture of the fabric in this post:

        It’s the last fabric in the fabric picture, so it looks kind of plaid, but not really? Maybe my brain is broken, I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures of 1970’s clothing today and I think it broke my mind a little bit. LOL. I love the fabric, but it would clash horrible with the other fabric pictured, so I’ll have to pair it with some ready to wear clothes I have for now, I guess, sadly. And also definitely need to buy some fabric that will match a little better at least! It was just so nice I fell in love with it and had to have it!


      • Much to my absolute horror I remember a bright blue and *shudder* bright pink acid wash in my past. Incidentally this was the last time my mom choose my clothes.

        It’s funny I have a fine whale corduroy “flannel” (circa 1992?) that I love and still drag out occasionally. So I’d say not all corduroy is evil. It just needs to be applied correctly and not about interested lower extremities with… pleats.

        I think it is a plaid, just not a traditional one. I love it. It will be great!

        There was a powder blue leisure suit too (though not quite as great).

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      • Oh no! Bright blue and bright pin acid wash! You poor child! I’m not surprised that was the last time your mom chose your clothes!

        I agree!

        Thank you! And thank you as well for basically confirming my confusion about whether or not this is a true plaid! I really love this fabric and used to have a black cardigan with a similar print around the waist, which has sadly disappeared, so it will be nice to make something with this fabric!

        Oh wow! A powder blue leisure suit?!?! I rarely find anything this amazing at my local thrift stores, I think the vintage Etsy sellers in my city must have some secret inside knowledge about when the new items arrive and grab anything awesome and truly vintage before the rest of us get a chance to look – either that or I just don’t go often enough! Because I never find anything truly amazing like that in my city! If you ever find anything like that again, please snap a few photos! ๐Ÿ˜€


      • I don’t know what she was thinking. SHE would never have worn them.

        The cardigan sounds cute. I have when stuff like that disappears!

        Part of thrifting is always luck. But some stores just get better stuff or get less traffic and keep better stuff longer. I know of one an hour from me that had fantastic stuff. One really close to me does too. Except they triple the prices for Halloween. Another always sucks. One is oddly good for coats. I got a perfect condition leather trench there for $5. It’s more of a dark orange, but I call it my Starlord coat. I’m sure it’s from the late 70s/early 80s


      • Funny how moms can do that to us, I know my mom picked out more than a few items of clothing for me that just made me cringe!

        I”m all but convinced that there must be a vortex in this apartment where most of my favourite clothes (and my cat’s toys) just disappear to!

        Ooooooh! I so wanna see your Starlord coat!! And yes, the ones near me totally do the same around Halloween!


      • On moms and clothing, I think it happens somewhere between their own youth nostalgia and choices the made for us when we were little. For me it also meant I would never be subjected to saddle shoes, which she was forced to wear. I kind of like them myself.

        All my cats’ toys are under foot!

        I may have to save my Starlord coat for later. It needs some additions and a darker wash and maybe we should do superheros next year… Though with us it would be more like Mystery Men than Marvel. ๐Ÿ™‚

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