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Make Your Own Prom Wrap or Jacket From Vintage Patterns

Updated on October 4, 2013

Make Your Own Prom Wrap or Jacket from Vintage Patterns

Wraps, shrugs, boleros, shorties or short jackets are very stylish today. They were also stylish in past eras. Combining stylish and vintage together scores a hit for today's proms and parties. It's a bonus that they're easy to make from vintage patterns. Why a vintage pattern? Because they're high quality patterns in a greater variety. After all, you have about sixty years' worth to choose from!

Choosing a Vintage Formal Wrap or Jacket Pattern

Boleros, Wraps, Jackets. . .

You will first select a pattern from which you'll get suggestions for types of appropriate fabric, yarn and notions. If you choose the materials first, it's much harder to find a pattern that will work.

When searching for a pattern, keep in mind that these little treasures are known by many different names and you might have to do multiple searches to find just what you're looking for. You will also need to specify the craft you're employing into your search words, such as crochet, knit, sewing, tatted, embroidered, etc. And unless you're searching through a database of just patterns, you will need to add the word "pattern" to your search.

Try looking for these:



Short Jacket



Short Sweater

Shortie jacket (sweater)

Cropped jacket (sweater)

Formal (any combination of words above)

Vintage. . .

Prom . . .

Opera . . .

Ball . . .

Example Search for "Knitted Bolero" - Search within the category of "Knitting Patterns"

Ebay makes it easy to focus on just what you're looking for. In the search box put in "Knitted Bolero", then narrow it to eBay's Category of "crafts," then "knitting," then "patterns." If your return turns up too many, use the word "vintage" in your search. You can also just try "vintage knitted bolero pattern" and it just might take you directly where you need to be. You should be familiar with both ways to search.

Now Let's Try a Search for "Crochet Wrap" on eBay - Search within the category of "Crochet Patterns"

Again, start with "Crochet Wrap" in the search box, then choose eBay's "Craft" Category, then "Crochet," then "Patterns.

You've Chosen Your Vintage Pattern, What's Next?

It's Time to Get to Knitting (or Crocheting, or whatever)!

Your vintage pattern will tell you the type of yarn and needles or hooks to use. Within the yarn choices you have a lot of room for creativity. You should already have in your mind a color and texture. If not, go browsing through a yarn store, or better yet do searches online without leaving your chair. Now you have created your prom wrap or jacket in your mind.

If you already know how to knit or crochet, these are some of the easiest patterns to create from. If you don't know how to knit or crochet, most of these are good beginner projects. Just be sure to follow the directions exactly as given.

If You Don't Know How to Knit or Crochet - This Little Guide Has Everything You Need to Learn How to Knit and Crochet

This is a great beginner guide to knitting and crocheting. From the very basic stitches, to specialty and fancy stitches, to joining pieces, buttonholes and finishing your project.

How do you feel about vintage fashion?

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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Some of the vintage styles are so classy and feminine. Love them!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What a lovely idea to make your own prom jacket. Vintage fashion is very classy. Now I just need to improve my crochet skills!

    • LadyLovelace LM profile image

      LadyLovelace LM 7 years ago

      Vintage patterns are always so lovely - as long as the instructions still make sense! Great ideas on how to find them.

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love these. I have a pattern book which belonged to my great-aunt and have made a couple of shrugs similar to your examples.