Vintage Sewing Survey Results

Well, I left up the survey for a while and had nearly 200 replies.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to take the survey!

I thought you might be interested in the results.  Some were somewhat surprising to me.  It shows how much has changed and grown since I started making patterns available.  Part of what I like to make and collect for myself were pretty low on the lists of popular items.  But from what I see has been popular patterns, I’m not terribly surprised by most of the outcome!

No big surprise for #1- I know most of my customers/readers sew vintage clothing, followed by historical clothing.

I’m always interested to hear how people envision their look.  When I first started getting into vintage I was in the second highest category and knew almost no one else that did vintage or historical clothing.  Then I found a group that does vintage every day, and since then I always thought there were a lot of people who did that. I’m interested that that’s one of the lowest categories of the survey.   I’ve always been more first and second results on this question.

This one was really interesting to me!  I mostly have bought vintage patterns, but it seems like the reproductions or new vintage style patterns are more popular!  But with the really awesome vintage patterns getting harder to find and more expensive, I can totally understand why.

I did this same question on my Facebook page not that long ago and Ebay was in the lead.  Now it looks like Etsy! I suppose those are the top two contenders.

I was happy to see a lot of you support small business ;)

This one was a total surprise to me!  Loved hearing these results.  The “other” option was mostly composed of those who mix time periods equally.

Separates were in the lead for a long time on this quiz, then all of a sudden dresses passed it up!  I was surprised evening gowns were so low on the list.

Awesome feedback from this!

Very similar to the question of what you most like to make, this is interesting as it had different results.

Although I know the popularity of this wasn’t going to be super big on a sewing survey (since most sewers make their own clothing), it’s my personal dream so I had to add it ;)


Thank you again so very much for taking the survey.  It has really helped me out to know what is popular, so I can use my patternmaking time more wisely :)

Are the results what you expected?  I’d be interested to know!

5 Comments on Vintage Sewing Survey Results

  1. TicketyBoo Tupney
    June 29, 2012 at 10:30 am (12 years ago)

    Wow what great feedback- actually makes quite an interesting read! (well I think it’s interesting!) Tupps x

  2. Sean MacKenzie
    June 29, 2012 at 11:34 am (12 years ago)

    I still think I would prefer separates {20s -40s} over the dresses {20s – 40s} which is how I answered in the survey. But I understand why you were curious how we’d answer the Wearing History ready made or custom made clothing. I would totally be into that. I love custom clothing. Just wish I had the bank account for it. LOL!

  3. Debi
    June 29, 2012 at 11:58 am (12 years ago)

    Fascinating results! I’m especially surprised that more people are into the 40’s than 50′ (though they were close!)

  4. Beth
    June 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm (12 years ago)

    Just wanted to mention that while I like and collect vintage patterns, the reason I frequently buy repros is because they’re always available, when I want them – not at the mercy of the ebay gods. And I usually pay more for repros than vintage, but save money in the long run b/c I don’t have to buy every vintage pattern “just in case” I want to make it in 5 years.

    Also, not surprised about the dresses vs. separates – people like dresses, but they trust your separates patterns. They might buy dress patterns from other people, but want *your* pants pattern!

  5. Melanie
    July 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm (12 years ago)

    The evening dress thing isn’t so surprising to me – I find that evening dresses are usually easier to come by in original vintage and good condition, seeing as they might have only been worn once or twice. And I only need one once or twice a year too. It was when I started getting interested in vintage day dresses and separates that I veered into making my own from vintage patterns – just can’t afford to pay $200+ for a cotton sundress, and of course the divine ones are usually well-worn (don’t we all wear to death an everyday dress that we love?). I would still make an evening dress, but its the everyday and cocktail styles I need most often. What do others think?

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