Sewing Vintage at Sew, Mama, Sew!

The folks at Sew, Mama, Sew! kindly asked me to write up an article on sewing vintage as part of their Make It, Wear It month. Of course I was totally intimidated to write up something since I don't consider myself an expert and I didn't know exactly what wisdom I had to share. So instead of playing the role of expert, I just wrote something that would help the person who is afraid of tackling sewing vintage. I hope that it inspires anyone who has even a little interest in busting out those brittle sewing pattern envelopes to take to machine with confidence!

Here's a few more tutorials that are more in-depth and have been helpful to me:


The last tip I should have included in the Sew, Mama, Sew! article:

Be part of a community! Read vintage sewing blogs and take it all in! I need to update this list and add the other blogs I've started reading, but it should be a good place to start.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. You did a great job! I’m doubly inspired to get sewing. Thanks, Mena!

  2. Nice article, Mena! I think I’ve become a bit of a stuffy purist, so I admire the way you made it all very accessible for newbies. Thanks for linking to me here. :)

  3. I’ve just found your site and project through Sew Mama Sew and WOW… I’m so impressed! This is a project I’ve always wanted to do. Your style sensibilities are gorgeous and I hope we’ll see pics of you wearing these fabulous garments. Bravo, my very retro hat is off to you =)

  4. This is just what I needed to inspire me to stop procrastinating and make that one hour dress for Gatsby!