Tea & vintage frocks anyone?

Vintage Sew along guests

Good news for vintage sewing pattern fans! A series of Big Vintage Tea Parties is taking place across the country this Autumn, with sewists coming together to wear their handmade creations that show off the fashions of yesteryear.  The most recent get together, at London’s Alexandra Palace, saw bubbly flowing, tea skirts swirling and cakes to die for… we’re not sure what looks more tempting – the tea or the dresses?

The tea parties are all part of the Big Vintage Sew-along, hosted by The McCall Patern Company, encouraging us all to get sewing a vintage McCall¹s, Butterick or Vogue pattern and to share our creations online using the hashtag #bvsewalong. Every pattern sold from the ‘Vintage Edit’ includes a contribution to the Eve Appeal Charity.

We caught up with a few of the ladies who wore their handmade vintage outfits to the most recent tea party, at the London Knitting & Stitching Show. Featuring swirly tea dresses, classic collars and button details, we love the retro details and classic designs that these ladies are modelling, and we love even more that they made them themselves! Which is your favourite?

Vintage sewing patterns on show

The next tea party will take place at the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show, from 24-27th November. The Harrogate show is the perfect place to go for inspiration if you’ve been inspired by this year’s The Great British Sewing Bee to give dressmaking a go, with a brand new Dressmaking Studio with daily workshops by sewing experts teaching dressmaking skillsl. Oh, and there *may* be just a few chances to buy fabric too… ahem.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate to find out more or call 0844 581 1302.