A catalogue of fashions from 1954

Found at a local vintage fair yesterday for £1  (I know!  It’s worth coming to Devon just for the vintage shopping).  I’d love to go back in time to order the patterns, but there are some lovely details to admire and inspire.

Leach-Way Catalogue of Fashions 1954

This is my favourite.  Isn’t that wrapped neckline beautiful?


Also love the bodice on this dress, below, but not so sure about the giant pockets – although that does seem to be a theme of this issue.  I love the prim expression of the lady on the left as she gazes into her tiny handbag.  She knows her picnic is tucked safely away in those pockets!

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I also liked this idea of grouping buttons in threes.


I can’t find out much about Leach-Way patterns, except they are a British company.  Have you ever come across them?

10 responses to “A catalogue of fashions from 1954

  1. Great finds. The only British pattern company I have found vintage patterns for is Blackmores.

  2. What a lovely find! The wrapped bodice on that first dress is so pretty.

  3. I need to plan a little bit of charity shop mooching when I’m in Devon at the end of the month! 😉 This is delightful.

    • Are you going anywhere near Honiton? Fountain Antiques (opposite the police station) has patterns, fabric and notions. Kirstie is a fan! Then to Toast for tea and cakes…

  4. So fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a brilliant find – I love the illustrations on old patterns 🙂

  6. Don’t you love finding old sewing books and pamphlets and patterns? I’ve been so lucky at my local charity shop and have got a nice little nest of vintage books and patterns. There is also an online company that sells vintage patterns, here is the link: http://www.vintagemartini.com/patterns/

  7. flossiejamieson

    Lovely dresses, and particularly snooty expressions on the ladies’ faces. Love it. Can’t imagine people from the 2060s or 70s looking back at our pattern illustrations and photos with such delight!

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