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Sewing with Vintage Fabrics

When I find a piece of vintage fabric for my shop I imagine what it will be turned into and enjoy giving suggestions. I always ask customers to share photos of their makes and wow, you haven’t disappointed me! I’m impressed with how creative everyone has been during lockdown, sewing some fantastic styles. Tops have been the most popular, which makes sense as sometimes the fabrics are not long enough for a dress and a top champions the bold prints. Need some vintage sewing inspiration? Just take a look at these fantastic makes from my customers.

@certainstyle_makes created this Threadcount wrap top during the virtual sewing weekender. This heavy weight jersey works perfectly with the wrap design and long sleeves.
@craft.i.lee said ‘this is my best creation yet!’. This 80’s chiffon fabric was tricky to sew with as it slipped and frayed but I think Leanne nailed it, especially the pussy bow. Pattern is from Sew Over It.
@sew.sannah crafted this mint stripe 60’s jersey into a Nora top from Tilly & The Buttons. I love the way the fabric brings a vintage style to the basic T-shirt shape.
@sew.sannah has been busy and made the most of these big circles. It wasn’t a huge piece of fabric yet Susannah still managed to make the most of the pattern placement using the Wiksten Shift Top pattern
@misspeggyplacket made this Tilly and The Buttons Tabitha T-shirt from a fun bright 1980’s jersey. I love the co-coordinating bias binding trims, really brings the blue out of an otherwise yellow fabric.
Sue transformed this Liberty 1980’s fabric into a stylish Rochester dress from a Mavern pattern. Sue played fabric detective to find out more about the fabric. Click here to see how she got on.
Mera bought a set of scrap busting patterns after seeing my show on Hochanda. She made the Betty tote from a beautiful floral fabric she found in a charity shop in Devon. A pretty but sturdy fabric, perfect for a bag.
@essellfern bought an Olivia sewing kit from my stand at the Knitting & Stitching show. Sarah made it without the showerproof lining so she could store her knitting. She says ‘it makes me happy every time I use it’.

Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with me. It makes me happy to see what creations. What will you make next?