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… 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 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.

Free tutorial: kimono cover-up

Taking you from beach to bar, this kimono cover-up by Coats Crafts is a holiday essential and is so easy to sew up – no pattern required! Wear yours as a beach cover-up on your next summer holiday, or with jeans and a tee at the weekend. Here’s how to make it…

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!

Simply Sewing meets Sprout Patterns

Making a garment isn’t just about being handy with a sewing machine – there’s so much to be done before even a single stitch is sewn. Measuring, tracing, cutting out, pinning… and that’s not to mention sticking the pattern pieces together if you’ve chosen to work with a print-at-home PDF pattern. Phew! It can be… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1980s

Welcome to the second installment of Simply Sewing’s vintage fashion blog – our time-travelling trip through style. We began in the 1990s, and this time it’s the turn of the much-maligned 80s.

Friday Frock: Named’s Olivia dress

At this time of year, our minds turn to sewing the ultimate Christmas frock – one that’s flattering and comfortable even after we’ve scoffed a festive feast, all the mince pies and a few rounds of cheese and biscuits (not to mention several glasses of celebratory fizz).

Simply Sewing loves: party metallics

If you’ve picked up your copy of our latest issue, you’ll know that we love a good party at Simply Sewing HQ – the more glitz, the better! We just couldn’t resist getting our sewing machines out and stitching up fabulous party makes – in candy-hued fabrics with touches of gold for maximum glam-factor. It’s… Continue reading

Friday Frock: Colette’s Dahlia dress

Our favourite frock of the week…Colette’s Dahlia dress.