Vintage Sewing

Folkwear Pattern Giveaway Winner

By on December 15, 2011

Ok guys, it’s time…we had 83 entries.

If you don’t win, console yourself with the knowledge that we’ve got some A-MAZING giveaways lining up for 2012.

If you have a vintage or sewing related business and would like to offer up a giveaway prize in return for targeted exposure, drop me an email with your idea. There’s one stipulation: any giveaways must be open to more than just US residents. 50% of our readership lives outside the US so US-only giveaways won’t be considered.

If there’s a company you’d love to see a giveaway from, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to arrange it.

Drumroll please….

The winner of the Folkwear pattern giveaway is…comment number 11 which was…



Congratulations to audrey86 who wins her choice of the armistice blouse! Audrey, please email me your mailing address.


Huge thanks to Kate from Folkwear for being so gracious. She was an absolute delight to work with on this project and I hope you guys will continue to support her business.

Some Folkwear Patterns
A sample of the Folkwear pattern collection

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Vintage Sewing

Last chance for Folkwear Entries, Google, and Buttons

By on December 14, 2011

Folkwear Giveaway

Just a quick reminder that the Folkwear pattern giveaway (where you can win whichever pattern you covet most from the Folkwear collection) closes tomorrow: December 15th.

If you’ve just joined us or haven’t entered yet, head over to this post to throw your hat in the ring.

Some of Folkwear's pattern collection


Our facebook fans can zone out now because they already know about the next two things…


Pretty please…

If you’ve got a Sew Retro or We Sew Retro link up on your blog, I love you. Madly. I love you so much I am knitting christmas sweaters for you in my mind.

But please take a minute to update any sidebar links to the new site because it has some important consequences for our traffic (and our traffic has consequences for your traffic…it’s a big circle of life thing…with less baboons and lions).

Anywhere you see in your sidebar widgets, change it to (or just replace what you have with the code from our sidebar) –>

Doing little link updating things like this is no fun – I know this because I asked previously and only 3 people actually did it ;). So this time I’m offering an incentive for anyone who needs a little push: 50% off any patterns here. Email me a link to your site and I’ll email you back the coupon code. The coupon code will expire 48 hours from the publish time of this post so I don’t go bankrupt (1AM CST on the 16th).


You, made of cheese. Imagine the glory…

We’ve had a bunch of different blog buttons over time, and you’re more than welcome to use any one you want (even the lime green one from waaaay back in the day). If you want to design your own, go for it! And if you design your own and share it on your blog for others to use, I will carve your likeness into a block of cheese and display it forevermore on my mantelpiece.


Follow us with Google Friend Connect

I’ve added a google friend connect widget for people who like to keep track of their blogs that way. Look over yonder —>


Ok, that’s it. See you tomorrow for the giveaway winner and keep your eyes peeled for a new featured member soon!

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Free Pattern from Independent Pattern Company Folkwear

By on November 30, 2011
#249 1930's Day Dress

How is it December already?!  If you’re anything like me, this month gets a little crazy for you so I think a treat is in order…

I’m excited to announce the opportunity to win a gorgeous pattern of your choice from independent retro/historical pattern company Folkwear.

CraftyWeeOne’s recent post on her version of the Poiret Coccoon Coat inspired me to pop back over to and, fortunately for us, owner Kate is absolutely lovely.

Some of Folkwear's pattern collection


How to Enter:

To enter, head over to to pick your favorite pattern. You don’t have to limit yourself to the ones I’ve pictured here – any pattern in the collection can be yours.

There are a couple of different ways you can browse folkwear’s pattern collection: the main page has everything separated by category so you can jump straight to your main interest, or you can see a PDF version of the catalog here.

Once you’ve made your selection, leave me a comment on this post letting me know which pattern you want to make and why.


Entry Deadline:

The last day for entries will be December 15th when the winner will be drawn at random. Our lucky winner will receive the pattern they chose in the comments.


International entrants always welcome

I love that We Sew Retro has members, readers and fans stationed all over the world so entry is open to all, regardless of where you live.

Selection of Folkwear Patterns


To prevent possible confusion, it’s worth noting you don’t have to be a registered member of We Sew Retro to enter, although there’s no time like the present to join!

Huge thanks to Kate at Folkwear for letting us loose on her patterns and good luck to all entrants! I can’t wait to see which pattern you’ll pick!

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1920s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

Poiret en Progress

By on November 28, 2011

Hiya, I’ve been (slowly) getting on with my 1920s coccoon coat, hampered only by Ofsted (school inspectors), eczema (on my hands, how cruel for an artist?), and a lack of Betty (my mannequin). I eventually decided to use the Folkwear Poiret coat which had been discontinued but I found one on good old Ebay. I had a specific idea of how it would look:


La Poiret Cocoon Coat


Anyway, I’ve now finished a toile, adjusted from the original pattern, which I hope to transfer to paper on Wednesday, and start cutting out my ACTUAL coat. Aargh!

Adjustments to right hand side

More pics and waffling on over here.

Cheers guys x
PS. I’m gonna be extra good, and wash my fabric first too

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