Retro Revival: Vintage Sewing, Patterns and Clothing

Announcement    We specialize in vintage patterns & sewing notions and supplies from the 1940s through the 1980s.


Last updated on Nov 2, 2017

We specialize in vintage patterns & sewing notions and supplies from the 1940s through the 1980s.


Suzan Joy

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Suzan Joy


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Vintage sewing patterns and supplies.

I have been sewing as long as I can remember. I'd sit in the middle of the living room floor with a child-size sewing machine and Mom's fabric scraps and make Barbie doll clothes. This would have been before I turned 7 because we moved when I was 7.

Being from a family of sewers, I had generations of fabric and notions to play with. No patterns because they made their own. Since then, I've been adding to the inherited sewing sundries and since I can't keep it all, I share it here.

Vintage patterns appeal to me because of the beautiful artwork on front and the history of the changing styles. Even the way clothes are described tickles my fancy. The terminology is fascinating.

Come join me in my obsession with finding and collecting vintage sewing supplies. I'm happy to share my finds with you.

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  • Suzan Joy


    I have been sewing since my mom bought me a tiny sewing machine when I was in First Grade. Growing up in a family of sewers, I appreciate a well made garment. I have a vast collection of vintage sewing supplies & still love to play in the button box.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 23, 2019
Welcome! We're glad you stopped by to see our vintage sewing goods.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 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 personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Refunds & Exchanges: We will refund your purchase ONLY if it is not as described in the shop. Refunds are for purchase price only - not shipping costs. Return shipping, if necessary are at buyers expense.

Our items are usually one of a kind so it is difficult to exchange.

We strive to describe our items honestly and accurately. Please contact us if you have any concerns and we'll do our best to answer any questions.
We accept most forms of payment. Please inquire.

If paying with a check or money order, we will ship when they clear which will cause a delay in shipment.

We expect payment within a week (7 days) of placing your order.
We will ship within three (3) business days of receiving a cleared payment.

We do combine shipping IF you let us know you are purchasing more than one item.

International & Canadian Shipments: Please convo/email prior to purchasing for an exact cost. Buyer is responsible for any and all customs duties, fees and taxes.

In the event that a shipment is lost or your purchase arrives irretrievably broken or incomplete, please convo/email and we will either reship a replacement (if available) or arrange a refund. We strive to package your purchase more than necessary so that it will arrive to you safe and sound. (For example: double boxing breakables.)
Additional policies and FAQs
Please ask as many questions as will make you feel good about your purchase. We want our customers to have a good buying experience and be happy you purchased from us.

Special Note about Vintage Clothing, Especially Shoes: Fabric, rubber, foam, and other materials can degrade over time, which is something you should keep in mind, particularly when buying vintage shoes. I take care to describe, to the best of my ability, any imperfections or material degradation in the items I sell. However, I do not have the ability to know how much wear a vintage item can handle before it becomes unwearable.

Sizing: Please be aware that vintage clothing and clothing pattern sizing is quite different from today's sizing system. Though I give estimates of the current size of items in my descriptions, the only way to tell if an item will fit you is to compare the measurements given in the description to those of a similar item that does fit you. Full measurements are provided in all descriptions, and I am happy to give additional measurements if needed. (This goes for shoes, too, as they can vary greatly in sizing from brand to brand.

Note that the measurements given are the measurements of the *garment*, not of the person who will wear it. It is always important to make sure to allow an inch or so for comfortable fit, as straining against vintage fabric is not a good idea (unless it is a fabric with a fair amount of stretch). In other words, If the waist measurement given is 28", your waist should measure 26"-27" for the garment to fit you comfortably.

A helpful hint for determining whether a vintage item will fit you is to compare the measurements given with those of a similar garment that does fit you.