Vintage sewing fun in 2016

It's turning out to be a heck of a year for vintage sewing lovers, dontcha think? As well as the extravaganza Kerry and I have planned for our year-long #VintagePledge, there are a couple of other exciting initiatives that you may or may not know about...

Frankly, I'll be a little surprised if you haven't heard about Butterick's BIG Vintage Sew-along, but I've been meaning to shine a well-deserved light on it for a while! You have until October to take part, by sewing up your favourite pattern from a specially and beautifully curated selection spanning from the 1930s to the 1960s. Apart from the selfish fun to be had, the best thing is that funds raised go to The Eve Appeal charity which strives for the better detection and prevention of women's cancers. 

There's a comprehensive roundup over on The Foldline, featuring the full pattern selection and outlining ways in which you can get involved through social media. I'm joining a number of bloggers in sewing along, so look out for my make on 8 July!

The other really cool initiative is the Vintage Suit Sew-along, hosted by Mermaid's Purse and Chica Chica Boom Chic. April has been about sharing inspiration, in May the duo will share tips on muslins and fit, and then June is for sewing up and sharing your suits. 

Although my lifestyle doesn't really call for a sophisticated suit, I can't help but get all wistful when I browse the sew-along's sublime Pinterest board. Aren't the pins to die for?!?

The closest pattern I have to a suit is this McCall 1940s jacket, whose scalloped view I've had cut out as a muslin for years. I'm seriously considering plucking up the courage to give it a go thanks to Angela and Amy's virtual kick up the butt! Are you tempted to join them in sewing your dream vintage-inspired suit?

Do you know of any other vintage sewing initiatives this year that I should be aware of? I'd love to hear about them!


  1. I only heard about The Big Vintage Sew-Along a couple of weeks ago but I'm definitely going to join in. I've already ordered the 1930s blouse to make and I have the fabric I want to use, a vintage piece of silk crepe. I just need to find some time to actually make it now!

  2. OOOh... I just found out about this (pretty new to sewing too!), but I happen to have a vintage pattern I have been dying to test out!

  3. Thank you for the mention Marie !
    It's all very exciting, lots of exciting makes in the works already and I'll be sharing my plans on my blog this week.
    I'm still looking for the perfect lining though.....!
    Angela x

  4. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of making a vintage suit, just so happens one is on my to do list. I guess this means I should join the fun. Also, over at We Sew Retro there was announcement for the "I Dream of Tiki" vintage tiki/Hawaiian dress sew along ( starting in May