SubversiveFemme's Shop Announcement

Hi, welcome to Subversive Femme, an eclectic mix of vintage and retro kitsch delights! I specialise in hard to find knitting and sewing patterns - and especially plus sizes.
I only share what I would make myself!

All my vintage knitting and sewing patterns are public domain and come from my vast, personal knitting/sewing pattern collection.

I blog my adventures at and list the odd free vintage knitting pattern there too.
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Keep the past alive - make your own vintage reproductions!

SubversiveFemme's Shop Policies


I'm an Australian based, vintage-obsessed gal. I've been collecting vintage knitting and sewing patterns for the past 10 years but feel its a shame not to pass on the pretties in my collection.


I accept Paypal and Direct Deposit. For Aussie customers, I can also accept cheques or money orders if you contact me prior to purchase.


I aim to post items within 48 hours of purchase, and email epatterns within 24-48 (please allow a few extra hours in the weekend cos I need a break from my computer!) x

Refunds and Exchanges

No refunds on PDF patterns.

I'm not responsible for items lost in the mail - saying that, i've rarely had items go missing.

Additional Policies and FAQs


1. Why are your patterns Watermarked?
I've found some unscrupulous people selling copies of my epatterns, so its forced me to watermark my intellectual property. I have tried to keep them subtle though.

2. Explain your copyright practice to me please!
The items I have chosen to list are older than 50 years past their publishing date (in line with the Australian and British copyright act of 1902).
I won't list American ones from 1950-1960 as their copyright act of 1968 makes it hard to tell if they are still covered.

Most pattern companies did not choose to renew their copyright on out of date patterns, however, if i'm in doubt I won't reproduce them.

3. Now i've bought your pattern, I can do what I like with it?
Yes and no.

You can make things from the pattern to sell - the pattern itself is public domain.
The scan/pdf is my electronic expression of the hard-copy pattern. Its my intellectual property and cannot be distributed/copied/shared/sold without my permission.

4. Can I ask if you have a certain type of pattern in your collection?
Of course! Try me! If I dont have it I may know where you can find it.

5. Why are you selling them so cheap?
Some of my pattern books retail for $40-50 each, which puts them out of reach of most vintage lovers. I want to encourage people to own a copy - its true, I want to share some history around. (I wish there electronic versions when I first started).
I'm not out to make big bucks - its about sharing the love.

6. Can you help me resize them?
Unfortunately, my knitting skillz are not that good - but if you visit ByGumByGolly's blog, she has an amazing series of posts on how to do it yourself =

7. Can you help me figure out the instructions of a knitting pattern?
Of course! Just message me.

8. I've heard you have free ones too - is that right?
Yep - there are heaps of freebies on my blog
Look at the Free Patterns section of my website.

BTW - just cos i've listed those patterns for free doesnt make it OK to copy my images and sell them on Ebay and Etsy (I'm on those sites daily looking for patterns for my collection, odds are I'll recognise my own stuff).


Last Updated March 18, 2015