Yay Wiki! Go Wiki!

by Erin on June 29, 2010

Did you all know that the Vintage Pattern Wiki is up to nearly THIRTY THOUSAND patterns? Holy Moly. (We only have about 700 to go. If everyone who reads this post in the first hour that it's up goes and adds a pattern, we'd be there and past there!)

This is one of my recent favorites:


Lovely, isn't it? You can find the full wiki page here.

Many, many thanks to all those who have uploaded pattern images, tagged patterns, left extra information and generally made this a fantastic resource for lovers of vintage patterns. You are awesome. 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah @ ColorKitten June 29, 2010 at 7:02 am

Go wiki!! I’ll try to add in one a minute. My new favorite pattern on the wiki is one I found yesterday: http://www.tinyurl.com/mccall4587 — it’s the “eff you cocktail dress” with view A actually flipping you off. Okay, not really…but it sure looks like it.


dulcet June 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

I can’t understand why Advance isn’t still around–their patterns are so fabulous! If only I had a working scanner I could add my lovely Advance specimens.


Jeanette Price June 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

Hey! That’s my pattern! I will be sure to tell her she got a shout out on Dress a Day… she will be honored.

To Dulcet: Before I got my scanner, I just used my digital camera. I’d put the pattern on my floor and stood over it to photograph, and then cropped it on my computer. Just a thought.


JennyAtChronicallyUncool June 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

I just added one!

@dulcet – I don’t have a scanner either. I use my digital camera to take a photo of the envelope. I’m a terrible photographer, but I’ve found that if I use the flash, extend the zoom all the way, and hold the camera high above the envelope on a table, I can get a photo with enough light and enough clarity to be useful. I also crop and do an suto-correct in Picasa to tidy it up a little.


Mary Beth June 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

Just think it 30K and I had nothing to do with it. Nada! Zippo, but nevertheless a great resource…

I app-solutely ♥
my ✄ Fabric U ✄
iPhone app!


Laura Palmer June 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

For some reason I missed that you’re doing this. I just added one and I’m off to add more :)


Sarah @ ColorKitten June 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

I added as many as I could before I had to get my work day started. Looks like a lot of people have been pitching in today — there’s less than 200 to go now! Hmm, maybe I’ll add a few more real quick if I can squeak it in…


Cookie June 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

Neat dress. For a long time, I was seeing patterns made up in white. Now it’s clingly scarlet.

That dress would look very enticing in RED!


What-I-Found June 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

The Wiki wouldn’t be much if it wasn’t for the endless work by folks like Tarna and Petie Main. I’m sure there are others, but man-o-man those gals do tons.
Thanks Ladies!


Birgit - Stitches & Loops June 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Someone could have warned me :) I was wondering why there were so many new posts today…


Coconut Pie June 30, 2010 at 3:29 am

I’m off today to pick up more than 100 patterns from 60s and 70s. Can’t wait! And some aren’t on the wiki yet. I’ll try to do my part!


Anna Asher June 30, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thanks for the post because I had no idea about the wiki…I am in search of a vintage hat pattern… I have a copy of a scan I found like two years ago, but I have no clue what company or pattern number it is…how can I post it so others can help me identify it?




Jen July 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

That dress is beautiful! Love the bodice and waist.

BTW, haven’t been here in a while (family things), but the new design looks fantastic.


jordan retro July 23, 2010 at 12:22 am

I can’t understand why Advance isn’t still around–their patterns are so fabulous!


Deborah McClain August 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I looked at the wiki, but didn’t understand how to use it. I collect vintage patterns too. Do you upload just an image of the front or do you upload the whole pattern for the taking?


Erin August 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

It’s just the image of the front — and occasionally the back, if people are really motivated. It’s too difficult to upload the whole pattern (on both the upload and download side).

Hope this helps!


Mary R. September 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Go to this post on my blog, here:http://tw-us.blogspot.com/2010/08/another-new-dress-from-vintage-pattern.html to see a dress I made out of one of these patterns that I just found at a thrift/antiques store. Click on the picture on my post to enlarge it.


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