McCall's 743 cover-alls, cap and bonnet  pattern from 1943

1940s cover-alls, cap and bonnet pattern

with unusual shirred front and optional appliqued and embroidered elephant trim. McCall's 743


Advance 5816 dress and panties pattern from 1951

1950s dress and panties pattern

for tube-top sundress or puff sleeved dress. Advance 5816


Simplicity 2112 pinafore, skirt, bonnet and panties pattern from 1947

1940s pinafore, skirt, bonnet and panties pattern

has back buttons; yoked panties. Simplicity 2112


Advance 6131 top, shorts, skirt and weskit pattern from 1952

1950s top, shorts, skirt and weskit pattern

features front buttoning midriff top; tied or normal skirt. Advance 6131


Vintage children's playwear patterns

Simplicity 2890 playsuit, dress and bonnet pattern from 1949

1940s playsuit, dress and bonnet pattern

; heart-shaped bib and shaped bonnet brim. Simplicity 2890


Simplicity 4380 snowsuit or playsuit pattern from 1942

1940s snowsuit or playsuit pattern

with zip front, optional pant cuffs. Simplicity 4380


Simplicity 4599 overalls and jacket pattern from 1943

1940s overalls and jacket pattern

with Peter Pan collar for girls; v-neck for boys. Simplicity 4599


Advance 6930 top and capris pattern from 1954

1950s top and capris pattern

features a shirt front that buttons to the front facing. Advance 6930


The term "playwear" covers a lot of territory. To get started, we're using this page for everything from rompers to sunsuits to overalls for all children's ages and sizes.

It's not unusual for the graphics of vintage children's patterns to include both toddlers and older children. A pattern might be issued in sizes 1 to 6, 2 to 8, 4 to 10, or any other comination -- with the graphics reflecting the younger and older extremes.

Collecting children's patterns is always enjoyable. They feature cute styles, often charming graphics and -- as an added bonus -- include sketches of toys popular during that era.



Hollywood junior 948 romper pattern from 1942

1940s romper pattern

made as a one piece romper or two-piece romper suit. Hollywood junior 948


Advance 6765 blouse and shorts pattern from 1954

1950s blouse and shorts pattern

uses angular armholes to bare the shoulders. Advance 6765


Advance 4440 overalls, jacket and shirt pattern from 1947

1940s overalls, jacket and shirt pattern

. Unisex styling; shirt or shirt-jacket. Advance 4440