Sew it Vintage - Free book & downloads!
Stitch your way through the decades with this beautiful free book, with 10 stunning vintage sewing projects now available to download.
We're here to make Vintage style easy! There are stunning vintage sewing projects now available to download. Just follow the links below and start sewing!
Take a trip back in time with us as we celebrate the most eye-catching and iconic styles of the 20th century. We explore sewing through the decades, from the 1920s-1980s, showcasing what made each era special and how you can recreate the designs today.
Vintage never needs to be old-fashioned, so with our team of experts we show you how to recreate these timeless trends at home to build a beautiful me-made wardrobe. We kick things off in the 1920s with an ode to Art Deco, in the form of our pleated handbag from bag-making superstar Debbie von Grabler-Crozier on page 12.
Following on from the 20s, the 1930s sparked the Hollywood screen siren revolution. What better way to inject instant glamour into your eveningwear than with our velvety bolero on page 20?
With a splash of red lipstick, the 40s lady was prepared for whatever came her way. To reflect this sophisticated yet practical theme, we showcase wool fabric and show you how to sew a feminine and fl attering check pencil skirt. Head to page 28 for our step-by-step guide to sewing the perfect fitted 40s skirt.
Next, we dive into the Technicolor 50s featuring the fabulous Vogue 8788 dress pattern from 1954 on page 38, before stopping to make **a fun circle skirt **and a quick-make bow clutch.
By the time we reach the swinging 60s and the wonderful Vogue 9187 4-in-1 top from 1960 on page 50, we’re fully embracing colours and graphic prints. And, don’t forget to save some groovy prints to sew our 60s shift dress pattern! Choose from wovens or knits to sew our raglan-sleeve design on page 58.
Dancing on into the 70s and the disco generation was too hard for us to resist! Try your hand at our pretty pussy-bow blouse on page 64 or create a no-pattern maxi dress for party season on page 70. Finally, we make a pit stop in the poppy 80s with an eye-catching dungaree dress – ideal for layering all year round.
As well as garments and accessories inspired by each of these memorable decades, we have interviews with leading sewists of vintage garments, including Marie Koupparis, Jane Marland and the owner of WeSewRetro, Katherine Linzy. Plus, we go behind the scenes at The McCall Pattern Company on page 32 and Tanya Hughes shows you how to grade up a vintage pattern with her essential tutorial on page 54.
With plenty of techniques and tips along the way, I hope you fi nd all the vintage inspiration and advice you need to start sewing tonight!