sewing pattern

Book review: Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques

Book review: Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques this week. It’s a fabulous book, and absolutely fascinating. It contains around 25 patterns for retro swimwear, ranging from the 1880s to the 70s. Each pattern has a photograph of the original swimsuit from which the pattern has(…)

1940s Hollywood sewing patterns: Betty Grable

1940s Hollywood sewing patterns: Betty Grable

A vintage sewing pattern from the 1940s, designed with Betty Grable in mind by Hollywood Patterns. I think I prefer the short sleeved version of this dress best. Thanks to Julie Kirby for scanning this and sending it in to me, if you have any vintage photos or magazines I’d love to see them! The(…)

Starting to sew, and whether to use vintage sewing patterns and fabric

Starting to sew, and whether to use vintage sewing patterns and fabric

I  got totally inspired by watching The Great British Sewing Bee over the last few weeks – the great news is that they’ve just announced a new 6 part series of it for next year! Anyway, it inspired me to dig out my sewing machine and dust it off. I bought a sewing machine in(…)