If you keep up with WeSewRetro on facebook, you will already have seen this little brainteaser. What do all these things have in common?
If you answered “They’re all fabulous” you’re so right, but the real answer is that you can pick all of them up at the brand spanking new WeSewRetro Shop.
What? Yes, we have a shop. (and you can even sell things in it yourself…more on that in a minute). If you’re scrunching up your face right now, zip down to the bottom of this post where it says Edited to Add.
We’ve partnered with some of our favorite independent pattern designers from across the world so we can offer retro-inspired and just plain awesome contemporary patterns, vintage reproduction patterns and original vintage patterns all in one place.
It has taken a boatload of work behind-the-scenes to get this new addition to the site up and running, but it has also been tremendous fun: I have been making *SQUEE* noises every time I open a shipment of stock. Have you ever handled a pattern from By Hand London or Victory Patterns? They. are. gorgeous.
The WeSewRetro shop stocks a mixture of genuine vintage patterns (originals from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s), vintage reproduction patterns, and contemporary patterns from independent designers across the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia.
I’m hugely excited to announce we’re currently offering patterns from
- Colette Patterns
- Victory Patterns
- Reconstructing History
- Serendipity Studio
- Megan Nielsen
- Sew Chic Patterns
- Wearing History
- By Hand London
- all alongside our vintage patterns and vintage reproduction patterns.
If you have any vintage patterns you would like to sell via the site, get in touch and let’s discuss consignment options. I’m really proud our little site has been able to grow to this point and want to personally thank all our blogging contributors and readers for their support. You rock!
So let’s have a giveaway to celebrate….
The Giveaway Prize
To Enter the Giveaway
Pop over to the shop, pick your prize pattern from the independent pattern companies section or the vintage reproduction section, and then hop back over here to leave me a comment letting me know which pattern you want most and why. If you have any feedback or suggestions for the shop, feel free to throw that in too.
When you win, the pattern you choose in your comment will be the pattern you receive. If the pattern you picked happens to be sold out when you win, I’ll special order it for you.
We’re proud to have contributors and readers from all over the world. Wherever you are, if you are legally permitted to receive a sewing pattern through the mail, I will get it to you.
The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 2nd.
Ok, that’s enough from me. I have a long-overdue date with a cup of tea and a magazine. Questions, comments, and animated gifs of funky pattern envelopes (Thanks, Sarah!) are always welcome: katherine [at] WeSewRetro.com
Edited to Add…
Thanks to Kate for bringing to my attention that I didn’t do a particularly fabulous job of explaining why this all came about. Here’s a bit more info:
The WeSewRetro shop exists for two reasons:
1. to pay for the site’s upkeep and expansion so I’m not left destitute and penniless by our ever-increasing need to post massive pictures of beautiful dresses.
2. to give our members a venue to pass on their fabulous vintage patterns to others, make a bit of money (for more patterns…always more patterns) while doing so and all without the hassels of having deal with the logistics of putting something up for sale (I’m looking at you, ‘Calculating Shipping for Multiple Patterns to an International Destination using USPS’). I’ll expand a bit more on this consignment opportunity when I have everything written up nicely (right now it’s on a cocktail napkin) but don’t hesitate to send me an email if you want to discuss it.
3. PATTERNS! OH MAN LOOK AT ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS.
Ok, that’s three reasons. But you get my point: the shop exists to benefit and enhance the site, not to build me a a vacation home in the Hamptons. I won’t be cackling as I swim through my vault of gold like Scrooge McDuck (although technically I could swim through a vault of patterns, but man, imagine the papercuts).