The Audrey Dress

SSM24 The Audrey Dress pattern shop sold out

We’re taking style tips from screen icon Audrey Hepburn with her namesake dress sewing pattern: The Audrey Dress. This vintage-style pattern is a classic frock with a cinched-in waist, swishy pleated skirt and hem band detail. We think Audrey would approve! At this time of year, we love spending cosy evenings in curled up in… Continue reading

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

Join the Big Vintage Sewalong

We’re self-confessed pattern-hoarders of vintage dress making patterns here at Simply Sewing HQ. If you share our love of fashions from yesteryear, we’ve got the perfect idea for your next project – go retro! The McCall Pattern Company are running a Big Vintage Sewalong this summer, and it’s going to be great fun. They’re calling on sewists everywhere to share the vintage… Continue reading

How to sew vintage patterns: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Vintage sewing patterns with floral prints from Plum and Pigeon

We’re feeling pretty groovy about sixties-style dress making after last night’s Great British Sewing Bee. If you’re keen to get the look, never fear – you don’t have to jump straight in with PVC! Start by sewing up a pattern from yesteryear with our essential guide to sewing vintage patterns. We asked several sewists to… Continue reading

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