Wednesday 2 March 2016

Big Vintage Sew-along

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be one of the bloggers taking part in this year's Big Vintage Sew-along, hosted by The McCall Pattern Company. 

From March to October, sewists from across the UK will be invited to sew one of 20 featured vintage dressmaking patterns, ranging from the 1930's to the 1960's. Money raised from the sale of each pattern will go to the Eve Appeal - a charity that funds research into gynaecological cancers. So anybody who buys one of the 20 patterns will be directly supporting the charity.

There's a whole host of activities happening including vintage workshops, events in store, a blogger tour (that's where I come in!) and even a vintage tea party! There will be constant updates on social media (#bvsewalong on Instagram and Twitter) and a supplement in Love Sewing magazine. The official website for the campaign is here and an excellent blog post on The Fold Line can be found here, which includes everything you need to know about the featured patterns, the bloggers taking part* and how you can get involved.  

I'll be revealing my pattern choice on Friday13th May along with a giveaway to win a copy of the pattern, so don't forget to check in! It took me a long, long time to choose my pattern - I spent ages looking at all the line drawings and seeing which vintage details drew me in. Care to take a guess which one I chose?! Anybody who guesses correctly will win an additional small prize, chosen by me. I hope it's not too obvious or I'll be seriously out of pocket! Here are the featured patterns:

From the 1930's….



From the 1940's….


From the 1950's….




From the 1960's….



Vintage inspired…


My thanks to the girls at The Fold Line for letting me use their lovely pattern photos with descriptions!

I think there's plenty of choice for all tastes amongst that lot. I'm really interested to see which patterns the other bloggers choose and which ones prove to be the most popular. I hope you can join me in the challenge, it would be great to see lots of beautiful vintage garments sewn up and to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity.  x

*Bloggers taking part in the Blog Tour

11/03/16   Katie at What Katie Sews
25/03/16   Portia at Makery
08/04/16   Kate at The Fold Line
15/04/16   Amy at Almond Rock
29/04/16   Elisalex at By Hand London
13/05/16   Me!!!
27/05/16   Jennifer at The Gingerthread Girl
10/06/16   Lisa at the You Tube Sew Over It 
24/06/16   Janene at ooobop
08/07/16   Marie at A Stitching Odyssey
15/07/16   Kerry at Kestrel Makes
22/07/16   Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher
29/07/16   Karen at Did You Make That?
05/08/16   Laura at Sew for Victory
12/08/16   Nina at ThumbleNina
19/08/16   Charlotte at English Girl at Home
26/08/16   Gabby at Living on a Shoestring
02/09/16   Rachel at House of Pinheiro
09/09/16   Elena at Randomly Happy
16/09/16   Wendy at Butterick
23/09/16   Winnie at Scruffy Badger Time
30/09/16   Rachel at The Fold Line


  1. I'm excited to be involved too, and first out the gate! I'm been trying to guess which one everyone will make. For you... either the halter dress 5209 or the shirtwaist 9000 I reckon!

  2. I am going for the Butterick blouse 6217 because you have such lovely skirts and trousers to wear it with. I must say I visited the stand at CHSI and tried to engage with the two most miserable women in the whole of the NEC about this project but there you are, you speak as you find!

    1. Hmm nice choice! I haven't dealt with anybody from McCalls directly so can't comment, but how disappointing. It's such an easy conversation starter too. x

  3. I am going to go with Butterick 6217 I think this style would fit really well into your already lush wardrobe!

  4. Wow! What choice! No matter which you choose, yours will be outstanding. Cannot wait to see it finished, regardless.

  5. I think you'd look awesome in all of them! But I hope it's 5813 , because I think you could seriously rock it!! X

  6. Some lovely choices, will look forward to following this. I'm guessing that final blouse, bottom right, but some lovely jackets in there too. Decisions, decisions...

    1. Tell me about it! I changed my mind about 100 times! x

  7. I say definitely Butterick 6217 in a red print fabric because it has a bow, and you love bows! The Vogue Vintage 9000 shirt dress would be a second choice in blue, and the lovely Butterick 5748 would have been my third choice for you with lemons. I am certain that you will probably make more than just that one selection for the vintage sew-along.

    1. You can be my personal pattern adviser! x

  8. I had chosen exactly the same patterns for you as learningnewtricks! Regards Susan.

  9. All dresses???? Geez...

    1. Not quite all dresses, there are also a couple of blouses, a skirt, a jacket and a coat. But mostly dresses! x

  10. I am going to say vogue vintage dress 9000 as I think butterick 6217 is too obvious a choice for you!!

  11. This looks like such fun. Can't wait to see which pattern you picked. I was going to guess V9000 (you looked amazing in your blue rose shirtdress as well as the Sew Over It shirtdress) but my guess is B5748. Possibly because I love that pattern!

  12. Very cute! My guess for you is 2401, although you might already have something too similar for that to be a very good guess...

  13. Butterick 6217 as that is the one I like the best. Although, hmmm some of the others do look rather nice as well, but sticking with my first choice

  14. There are different types of vintage clothes like levi high waist shorts and vintage burberry shirts. Whichever attire you select, it should be the perfect fit for you. vintage clothing UK



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