We've Made It episode 2: Vintage crafting
Sarah and Zoe share their favourite vintage patterns, talk about retro fashion in the movies and much more
Is there anything more fun than rummaging through old patterns? Some of the styles from days gone by may seem quaint now, but others wouldn't look out of place in a fashion magazine today.
In this fun episode, Sarah and Zoe share some of their favourite vintage patterns, talk about how to recreate retro looks from TV and film and chat about the joys of 70s recipes (chocolate pasta anyone?).
Projects of the week
Each week on the podcast, Sarah and Zoe share their favourite projects from the website. This week, Sarah's loving the owl fingerless gloves knitting pattern designed by Amanda Jones from Simply Knitting magazine.
Zoe's pick of the week is this clever denim lunch bag sewing project from Simply Sewing, which is a great way to upcycle an old pair of jeans.
One good thing
In each episode, we also like to share something good that we've been enjoying over the past week. Inspired by our episode theme, Sarah has been watching The Queen's Gambit on Netflix and admiring the style of chess prodigy Beth Harmon.
Zoe has been watching the film Midsommar, a 2019 horror movie set in Sweden. Even if horror isn't your thing, you can still admire the film's attention to detail which includes some spectacular folk art.
In this episode, we recommended a few vintage craft sites and promised to share some links and photos! Here they are…
- Sew Direct – a great source of retro patterns.
- Vintage Pattern Warehouse – there are some real finds on here. Get exploring!
- Yaystitch.com.au – discover sewing patterns to recreate Beth's style from The Queen's Gambit.
- Fibreworkshop – make Beth's shawl from Little Women.
- @clare.bradders – follow Clare from the Great British Sewing Bee.
- Angela Rea – make Marta's scarf from Knives Out.
- Rowing Blazers – order Princess Diana's iconic sheep sweater originally created by Sirdar or download the pattern to knit it yourself.
Main image © Stefan Sutka
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints
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