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Sewing Inspiration: Beige & Black Vintage Fabrics

What are your sewing plans for 2022? I thought I would start with some practical colourways, neutrals that will work for winter through to early summer. In case, like me, it takes a while to get into the sewing mood. I’ve had a coat and skirt cut out since the Autumn. I must get them made soon whilst the weather is still cold. I’ve pulled together an edit of black and beige fabrics from the new arrivals section on my vintage fabric shop. Here are some pattern ideas for the vintage fabrics, with the meterage for the recommended pieces in mind.

The Maria Apron by Maven Patterns

The Maria apron from Maven patterns is a great way to layer up clothing. Wear over T-shirt and leggings, add a cardigan to keep warm or wear as a dress (use pattern option B) in the warmer months. I’ve selected these two cotton canvas vintage fabrics to give the style the A-line structure that it requires. Of course the design has pockets. Both my nan’s always wore aprons and house coats to protect their clothes whilst they were working indoors. This apron has the same idea in mind, a modern update from the 1960’s tabard.


The Cap Sleeve Vest by The Assembly Line

These vintage coat fabrics have a gorgeous thick pile and feel so cosy and warm. Both are a cotton / wool mix. Sadly there is not quite enough for most coat patterns but they would work for a short jacket, shacket (shirt made from thick fabric) or a vest. My friend Helen wears a short sleeve vest or shacket made from grey denim with a thick jumper underneath. It is a great look and this Cap Sleeve Vest by the Assembly Line is a good match to the vest Helen wears. The camel fabric is slightly under the fabric requirements but I do have a remnant 50cm piece from the same role which I can add in complimentary if you buy the bigger piece.


Florence Boxy Tee by Size Me Sewing

The fun Florence Boxy Tee by Size Me Sewing is perfect for showing off this classic polka dot fabric. The fabric has a good bit of stretch making it super comfy to wear whilst giving the T-shirt a vintage style.


Digital download accessories patterns from Olive Road London

How fun is this Pineapple print fabric? 100% cotton, slightly heavier and courser than cotton poplin but not as heavy as canvas. With only 1m available it would look great turned into a small accessory such as a cushion cover, tote bag or wash bag. I’ve created a range of small accessory patterns exactly for this purpose, to use up small piece of vintage fabric that are far too pretty to be thrown away. All patterns are available as a digital download (suitable for an A4 printer without lots of sticking pieces of paper together). Except for the drawstring bag and vintage pinny that are only available as part of the printed book of patterns. Patterns all included, no tracing necessary.


These are all one off, unique pieces. Sign up to my newsletter to be the first to find out when my new arrivals drop into my shop. Buying vintage fabrics is a fun way to recycle. They are sustainable as we are using fabrics that are already in circulation.