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?).

Have you found any amazing vintage patterns? We'd love to hear from you and might share your story in a future episode! Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Alternatively, you can use the player below to listen to the episode online.

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…

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Episode photos

Grecian night dress pattern
Get some vintage glamour with this Grecian night dress pattern
Toddler carrier pattern
Tired of using a pram? Carry your toddler around like a bag for life using this vintage pattern!
1980s kids' patterns
We love the vibrant style of 1980s children's patterns
Executive case cake
Celebrate a special occasion with this nostalgic recipe
Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book
The Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book – featuring a young Mary Berry!
Chocolate shell pudding recipe
Would you eat a pudding made of pasta?
Apple macaroni pudding
Fancy some apple macaroni pudding?

Main image © Stefan Sutka


Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

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 – and before that our sister website – 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,, and 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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