VJ Seamsters (Vyn Johns)Reynaldo Robinson and Melvyn Housley
VJ Seamsters is the dressmaking arm of Vyn Johns, borne out of our sewing students’ desire to make clothes that fit.
Many of our weekly ‘sewists’ would regale us with stories of unfitting frocks bought on a whim whilst shopping on the high street. They would often come to us to learn how to make them fit better but then they would also discuss how difficult it was to find dressmaking patterns which fitted and flattered their curvy apple shaped figures.
We soon set about collecting styles from our vintage archive which we knew would fit and flatter the curvy apple shaped form – we’ve had lots of experience – as our Vyn Johns customers are always telling us what they think flatters them the most. Each pattern has its provenance in a vintage original.
As well as flattering the curvy form, we’ve deliberately sought what we consider ‘contemporary classics’ – styles that don’t date quickly and can be easily customised and adapted – so that when you buy a pattern that fits and looks great its adaptations become endless, enabling you to add infinite staples to your wardrobe.
Sizing starts at 40″ Bust/38″ Waist/42″ Hip. Through to 48″ Bust/46″ Waist/50″ Hip. When choosing a style, check its sizing spec before you buy, so that you can gauge how much ease the style allows – enabling you sufficient room for manoeuvre. Remember, some styles are more shaped and fitted than others so the amount of ease often differs from pattern to pattern.
The Team – Vyn Johns