Happy Friday, everybody! I just got an exciting email from Laura Nash who is the creative genius behind Sew Chic Pattern Company. Laura makes the most fabulous vintage-inspired original designs, and I know many of you will already be familiar with her patterns – they are bestsellers in the WeSewRetro shop.

It’s fair to say that she is a very talented lady, and now you can sip from the wisdom well that is Laura’s brain because she just released a Craftsy class where she will walk you through the process of creating a 1950s day dress. Click one of the pics below to go check out the class.

Find Laura’s class on Craftsy here.


As I’m sure we’re all now tired of hearing, Google Reader is shutting down tomorrow. In my 11th-hour attempt to organize a replacement reader to keep track of favorite blogs, I’ve noticed that in the hundreds of blogs I follow, quite a few have creaked to a halt – I love a good shake-up, so rather than import my google reader favorites into Feedly (which is exceptionally easy, btw), I’m going to start again from scratch.

Here’s how you can help fill my feed reader back up: what are your favorite sewing or vintage blogs? Drop a link in the comments so we can all check them out and I can add them to my reader. Bonus points for undiscovered gems - doesn’t matter if the blog is not in English as Google Translate does a passable job and I’m fluent in the international language of Pretty Pictures.

If you too are scrambling to find a reader replacement, Bloglovin’ appears to be a popular choice and Feedly is my personal fav.

(randomly awesome image from La Mode Pyjama)

It’s probably a good time to summarise all the ways you can keep up with WeSewRetro for those who have been caught unawares….


We’re on Bloglovin here and if you just want a raw feed to import into your reader of choice you can find that here.


You can subscribe to our email mailing list here to get all posts delivered straight to your inbox. Because we post A LOT and nobody needs 15 emails a day from us, subscribers receive one email a week (on a Friday morning) that contains all the posts from that week.


All our posts are pushed out to Twitter so by following us here, you’ll be notified of each one


If you’re on Facebook and haven’t checked out our page, go look – it’s a fun mix of photos and resources from all kinds of sources, not just this blog. Questions are asked and answers are given. Good times are had by all.


I hesitate to mention our pinterest account because you may lose hours of your life picking through the amazingness. In addition to following us, you can sign up to contribute to our community vintage pattern board. If there’s a pinterest maven out there who wants to help out as a volunteer pinner, drop me an email – I could use a helper to manage the board where we pin all our posts as I am woefully behind.

(randomly awesome image found via Hot Pin Ups)

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I just happened across a free PDF of this fab 1920s booklet on sewing with cotton bags and thought you might like it too. Produced by the Beauty Pattern Company, which presumably made mail order patterns, it’s full of suggested patterns and inspiration for sewing with feedsacks.

EDITED TO ADD: the person who scanned the original booklet dates this to the 1920s, but we think it looks more like 1930s style and hugely smart reader Bry found one of the patterns in this 1935 publication




Click here to get the full PDF booklet.

P.S. If you love things like this (who here doesn’t?), consider following WeSewRetro on facebook as that’s where I usually put all the fabulous links :)








I’m taking a quick break from the usual Sunday night I-didn’t-do-any-laundry-this-weekend panic to announce the lucky winner of our ‘whatever you want from the WeSewRetro shop‘ giveaway.

Clench those cheeks, everyone. The winner is…

Congrats Roxanne! Sewaholic’s Cambie dress pattern will be winging its way to you shortly – look out for an email from me.

And because it sucks to not win, here’s a consolation prize for everyone else: 10% off everything in the shop until Wednesday. Just put the code MCMONKEYMCBEAN in at checkout.