Free vintage lingerie patterns

Hey folks! I was discussing vintage patterns on Pattern Review and mentioned that I had a few images of vintage patterns for lingerie, which I thought might be worth sharing.

They are draft-your-own patterns, based on diagrams from which you plug in your measurements and draft a perfectly-fitted pattern. If you want a vintage slip, some cami-knickers or tap pants, this is an easy (and free!) way to get started. I can’t vouch for them all, but the pattern I made from the Princess Slip diagram was a success.

Click the images below or check them all out on my album.

Edit: someone has informed me in the comments that the first image is from Complete Dressmaking in Pictures by Constance Howard.

Panelled Slip

Pattern for a panelled slip

Underwear, including princess slip, longline brassiere and cami-knickers

Pattern for a Princess Slip and Camiknickers

Another princess slip, cami-knickers, step-ins and brassiere

Pattern for a Princess Slip, Camiknickers, Step Ins

Princess slip

Pattern for a Princess Slip

Measurement chart

Measurements

Happy sewing!

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

16 thoughts on “Free vintage lingerie patterns”

    1. It is such a cool glimpse into the past. I love how they assumed the best of sewers – that anyone could draft their own pattern and sew it up with minimal instructions.

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  1. Thank you for posting the diagrams. I’ve started with the first one, the panelled slip. I adjusted a fitting princess seam dress pattern for it, made a mockup, adjusted slightly, cut out the fabric and gathered other supplies… and now I’m lingering at the internet for the last bits of information instead of tackling it head on. Eeek!

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      1. It came out lovely, simple but sweet! And once I posted the results in my sewing group, somebody also had the book the page came from. It’s Complete Dressmaking in Pictures by Constance Howard, in case you’re interested.

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          1. Ah, a little correction to your update. Only the first image, the Panelled slip, comes from the book I mentioned above. The rest I’m not sure but I suspect it may be from Haslam System of Dresscutting books because some similar style images on Pinterest also have that name in footnote. The basics are still the same: make your own sloper and draft whatever you wish around it.

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  2. Thanks for these. I just found link to them on Pinterest. I made lots of kids clothes from Enid Gilchrist pattern books that were drafted like this. It’s quite straightforward and once you get the hang of it is less wasteful than pdf patterns. From designs I’ve found on Pinterest, it still seems common for Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish patterns.

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