Have you heard about the Big Vintage Sewalong hosted by Butterick, yet?
It was launched just last week as a fun way to raise some awareness and some funds for a worthwhile cause – The Eve Appeal Charity: to date, the only cancer research charity focussed on improving detection, risk prediciton and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers.
From March to October this year, sewists from across the UK will be encouraged to sew one of the 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 The Eve Appeal Charity. The selection is amazing, but then I’m hugely biased – I’m a sucker for a vintage pattern! You can browse and purchase yours by clicking on the images below or from the official website: www.vintagesewalong.co.uk
And there will be plenty of opportunity to share your finished garments and follow others using hashtag #bvsewalong and copying in @McCallpatternUK on Twitter or @McCallpatternUK on Instagram.
To support the campaign there’ll be vintage workshops, events in store, a vintage tea party, a special supplement in Love Sewing Magazine and a blogger tour. That’s where I come in – scheduled for June 24th, to reveal my chosen vintage garment from the selection above. Can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet but I can reveal that it will come hand in hand with a giveaway of the self same pattern so be sure to keep tuned for details, because it’s a goodie!!
And here’s the schedule for 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 Jane at Handmade Jane
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
The Foldline have posted about it here and to keep up to date with all things Big Vintage Sewalong be sure to visit the official website at: www.vintagesewalong.co.uk
Let me know what ones tickle your fancy and if you have an inkling what my chosen pattern might be!
14 Replies to “The Big Vintage Sewalong”
The first 50’s one my mother made for my wedding dress!!! Every time I see the pattern, I think, “gee that’s pretty,” and look it up. Oh, right, I remember…
Oh how lovely. I can totally see that one as a wedding dress. 🙂
My guess is that you picked the cobalt blue dress from the 50s (second dress under that decade).
Too many great patterns to chose from I’d be agonising over it! Have fun.
Thank you 🙂
Hi, I think that you would choose the 1950’s halter neck dress. I think that it’s absolutely lovely.
Gorgeous isn’t it? They all are. But I couldn’t possibly comment!
Hi, I think that you would choose the 1940’s halter neck dress. I think that it’s absolutely lovely.
Quite a popular choice, June. But you know I can’t possibly reveal the chosen one, just yet! x
Really lovely pattern making. Great use of the fabric.
I’ve bought the patterns for the blue dress, 2nd pic along in the 50’s section and the green coat/dress combo in the same section too. This is going to be a first for me and I’m bricking it a bit, I mainly stick to curtains, roman blinds and throws.
What fabric should I use to make a toile out of, any suggestions ? Can’t wait to see what you choose, you’re quite inspirational, I tell so many people about you. Time to pull my finger out …..
Alison you will be fine. Just take it slow and follow the instructions. The all important toile should ideally be made out of a similar fabric to get a similar result when you use the real stuff. For instance if you were going to use wool crepe, I’d use a poly crepe for a tester. But Calico and and cotton is cheaper and you can test the fit just as well. Good luck. I need to pull my finger out too! x
Gorgeous fabric! And such a great choice of pattern making to really show it off! As always, your technique is flawless