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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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).
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
Our favourite frock of the week…Colette’s Dahlia dress.
Winter is our favourite time of year for sewing – we’re only too glad to take shelter from the cold and cosy up front of our sewing machines! And, because the season of sewing (as winter shall now be known) is now upon us, we’ve not only packed Simply Sewing issue 10 with fun makes,… Continue reading