Monday, May 12, 2014

The Duchess of Windsor's Sewing Patterns

When Wallis Simpson wasn't busy being one of the most glamorous women in the world she found time to design sewing patterns for the Spadea Pattern Company. "I've done two or three hundred patterns so far and I love doing them, says the Duchess. I usually take my ideas from the clothes I wish I could wear - so as not to put every other woman in high round necks and the severe lines I insist on for myself." (The Windsor Style by Suzy Menkes)
If the Spadea pattern company had two or three hundred of her designs they aren't easy to find today. I have had a few, but these images are from the Vintage Pattern Wiki


  1. I have never heard of these patterns......I love to learn something new and interesting, thanks

  2. They are so very stylish, though I think some of them look pretty young for her. So it fits that she was designing what she wished she could wear.