5 things to see at this year’s The Handmade Fair

Tapestry Party Bunting

With only a few weeks to go until one of our highlights of the annual sewists’ calendar. The Handmade Fair will return to The Green at at Hampton Court Palace from 16th to 18th September, and we’ll be there to browse the shopping villages, meet some of our sewing heroes and be learn a few new things at the… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1900s

If you’ve made it this far, then you’ve followed our History of Fashion blog series from the 1990s all the way back to 1900! It’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it? After 63 years, the age of Victoria was about to end and the wheels of fashion were slowly turning to reflect women’s changing lives…. Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1910s

The 1910s was a dynamic era for fashion, with plenty to inspire the modern-day maker. Things were changing rapidly, with women’s fight for the vote, the early days of modernism in art – and, of course, the looming First World War, which was to change society forever.

History of fashion series: the 1920s

Hurrah, it’s time for us to head back to the 1920s for the next installment in our History of Fashion series – one of our all-time favourite decades for style. We’re thinking The Great Gatsby, we’re thinking Boardwalk Empire, we’re thinking Downton Abbey season five.

History of fashion series: the 1930s

The 1930s have sometimes been a bit overlooked in terms of fashion, following the razzle-dazzle of the 1920s and overshadowed by the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the following Depression. With another war on the horizon too, it’s not hard to think that this decade was all doom and gloom.

History of fashion series: the 1940s

We’ve been travelling back in time through some of the fabbest fashions of the past century, and now we’re heading to the war-torn 1940s.

Simply Sewing meets The Fold Line

We can easily spend hours scrolling through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on the hunt for sewing inspiration, so imagine our delight when we found an online community that combines elements of each of these social networks (and more), just for us sewists!

History of fashion series: the 1950s

For couture lovers, the 1950s are perhaps the most exciting decade of all. These were the post-war years when people were slowly emerging from deprivation, rationing and uniforms – and many women wanted to enjoy luxury and femininity again, with full skirts and cinched-in waists to create the coveted hourglass shape. That’s not to say… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1960s

On our journey through the history of style, we’ve stopped by the minimal 1990s, garish 80s and hippy-chic 70s – and now it’s time for us to take a look at one of the most iconic decades for fashion, the 1960s, when Beatlemania was at its peak, skirts were the shortest they’d ever been and… Continue reading

Top 7 moments from the Great British Sewing Bee

As we count down the months (weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds…) until the Great British Sewing Bee series 4 hits our screens in May (and with a new judge, no less!), we look back at a few of our favourite moments from previous series, from Lynda’s not-so-secret crush to getting to grips with vintage machinery.