Sew As It Was Patterns

Redland Bay, Queensland

Announcement    Our Shop Sells Original Vintage and Not-So-Vintage Sewing Patterns.

You will find patterns ranging from the 1920’s through to early 2000’s.

All patterns have been hand checked for completeness and condition.

Browse by Category or Search using Keywords to find the perfect pattern.

There are Women’s, Men’s, Girl’s, Boy’s, Infant, Craft Patterns and MORE.

All the Big Brands & Smaller / Boutique Brands are here - Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick, Simplicity, Advance, Home Journal, Weigel’s, Modes Royal, Spadea and MORE.


Last updated on 13 Jun, 2017

Our Shop Sells Original Vintage and Not-So-Vintage Sewing Patterns.

You will find patterns ranging from the 1920’s through to early 2000’s.

All patterns have been hand checked for completeness and condition.

Browse by Category or Search using Keywords to find the perfect pattern.

There are Women’s, Men’s, Girl’s, Boy’s, Infant, Craft Patterns and MORE.

All the Big Brands & Smaller / Boutique Brands are here - Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick, Simplicity, Advance, Home Journal, Weigel’s, Modes Royal, Spadea and MORE.



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About SewAsItWasPatterns

Sales 960
On Etsy since 2014

Welcome and thank you for visiting SewAsItWasPatterns !

I have been collecting vintage patterns for many years, I have always loved the elegant pictures on the envelopes. I have been surrounded by sewing most of my life. My mother was a sewer, my mother in law was a seamstress for a high end fashion house in Melbourne and my great uncle was a gentleman’s tailor in Sydney.

Through their love of sewing I have developed a love and appreciation of beautifully designed vintage clothing and patterns. I get such a thrill finding and saving vintage patterns for future sewers & for prosperity.

Over the course of many years I have amassed quite a collection.
Etsy has enabled me to share what I have collected with like-minded sewers, collectors and vintage fashion enthusiasts.

I am also Proud to be a Member of PATTERN PATTER TEAM, An Association of Professional Pattern Sellers.

Shop policies

Last updated on 13 June, 2017
All the patterns for sale have been thoroughly checked for completeness, their conditions are noted in the descriptions and any anomalies are detailed.

If there are any missing or re-drafted pieces, this is also described.

Used pattern pieces are neatly re-folded with the utmost of care.

As with many vintage patterns and envelopes, they may have age marks, expected wear and tear, which is to be expected.

I scan and retain an image of the packaged pattern and for International Sales the postal receipt is also retained as proof of postage.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If the pattern you receive is not as described in the listing, please contact me.
Rest assured, I will endeavour to reach a mutual agreement for return and / or refund.

To receive a refund for a pattern, the pattern must be returned in its original condition (the condition it was sent) within a workable time frame (between 7-14 business days)
Unfortunately, Postage Costs are not refundable.
I accept all approved Etsy Payment methods.

I would appreciate payment for purchases to be completed within 2 days.
If no contact or payment is made, the sale will be cancelled and the pattern will be re-listed.

If you require a payment extension or to reserve a pattern, please contact me.

International Customers :

Please be aware that YOU are responsible for payment of any Import Duty, Value Added Taxes, Goods & Services Taxes or any Other Taxes which may apply in your country. I do NOT include these costs in the pattern purchase price.
I use Australia Post, they are reliable and fast. Generally, I ship with-in 2 days of payment.

Postage from Australia normally takes between 8 – 14 business days to most destinations. However, in some cases it may take up to 18 business days due to buyer’s location and possible air mail delays.

Postage with in Australia takes between 1 - 4 business days via Priority.

Australia Post does NOT include Tracking for Economy Air International Letter Service, which is the service I use.

Tracking (to limited) countries is available via Express International Letter Service at a higher shipping price. Included in this shipping upgrade are signature on delivery and SMS tracking notifications.

If you require this service, please contact me prior to purchase for availability and cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
All sewing patterns are scanned to give you the best representation of what you are purchasing. The Thumbnail Image in your search results has been digitally enhanced to show the pattern in the best possible presentation. The other images are un-touched.

All patterns are shipped in zip lock / plastic bags with recycled cardboard reinforcing.
The addressed packages are scanned prior to postage, in case of loss or damage.

Buyers are notified upon receipt of an order and payment via a convo. When pattern is shipped, a shipping notification is also dispatched.

Pattern sizes (the size numbers) have changed over the years and may not correlate to today’s modern clothing sizes. Please check the “Fitting Measurements” (inches & centimeters) in the pattern description for suitability to your requirements.
PRIVACY POLICIY Complies with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third-party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.


To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address and the details of the product that you’re ordering.


I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use and share your information, including:
- as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law;
- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.


Information about my customers is important to me. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
- Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
- Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as postal companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
- Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain and share your information if I have a good belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (b) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security or technical issues; or (c) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
- Data Retention. I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 6 years (as required by UK tax law).


If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
- Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
- Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
- Object. You can object to my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
- Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.


For purposes of EU data protection law, Etsy is the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may email me at:
ginkoffa [at]

More information

Last updated on 29 Mar, 2016
Frequently asked questions
How long will it take for my pattern to arrive ?

Generally we allow 8 to 12 business days for your pattern to arrive, depending on your location / distance from Australia.