We’re already on week three of #GBSBSewalong and we’ve gone from tiny clothes to big, bold volume because for this week’s challenge it’s… 70’s week.
We love a retro silhouette, so we’re excited to see how both the community and the contestants tackle this one.
Week three of the challenge has so much potential, with plenty of flare to be had from any garment. It’s all about being bold, bright and daring in this retro sew along.
What we’re looking for this week is your take on vintage style and there are plenty of patterns out there just asking to be made into a retro memade entry for this week. Whether you’re inspired by an old picture or you’re looking to recreate an old much-loved item, we have you covered with lots of seventies inspiration (scroll for more).
This week, we have some amazing prizes once again, from the likes of Creative Industry a lovely sewist bundle from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine. PLUS, we have an extra special prize from the ultimate provider of sewing scissors, Ernest Wright.
Ernest Wright Scissor Bundle – RRP £145
As we mentioned above, we are VERY excited about this prize. For those of you who don’t know, Ernest and Wright are a scissor brand, based in Sheffield with a rich, history in the industry. Beloved by the sewing community, the brand made a comeback last year after some uncertain times and are now continuing to thrive thanks to their master craftsmanship. We couldn’t be more excited to be giving this weeks lucky winner not only a set of coveted 10″ tailors shears, but also they’ll receive a set of Antique Stork embroidery scissors too worth £145!
Trust us, these are THE scissors to have and we couldn’t be more jealous of the winner.
Sewist bundle featuring goodies from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine – RRP £75
One of our favourite things about the sewing community is how many amazing brands and products are born out of the inspiring space and this prize is the most perfect example. Sew Hayley Jane creates the most beautiful subscription boxes for sewing lovers absolutely packed with fabrics, trimmings and of course – plenty of inspiration! Part of this prize package includes a box full of all these exciting things so you can get planning your next project!
Suzy Magazine was launched by fellow sewers Dominique and Rosa and it’s a beautifully curated magazine featuring people they hand-pick from the community. Now on it’s 5th issue, part of this prize package includes issues 2-5 so you can get caught up before the next issue comes out.
Creative Industry Swedish Pattern Paper and workbook bundle – RRP £55
Born out of business owner, Claire’s obsession with finding Swedish Tracing paper in the UK after seeing it featured in season one of the Sewing Bee, Creative Industry sells beautiful sewing supplies for the modern sewist. This bundle contains a whopping 2 rolls of 10metre paper and this beautiful workbook, perfect for planning your makes.
Probably the most exciting inspiration to pull together so far, 70’s week is bright, bold and beautiful and we’re totally here for it:
If you’ve seen the preview of this weeks show, then you’ll know that flares are on the agenda. We love that True Bias Lander pant as it’s a wearable version of this classic style. Lengthen the legs and why not make them a bit wider in the ultimate ode to seventies week.
Best sewn in: Medium to heavy bottom weight fabrics with little to no stretch, such as twill, linen, corduroy and denim
When it comes to the seventies, there are two very clear hem lengths – mini or maxi. This Megan Nielsson Sudley dress ticks all of the boxes, sew as is in a floaty fabric or for braver sewists, lengthen the hem line all the way to the floor to channel your inner flower child.
Best sewn in: Light to medium weight fabrics such as crepe de chine, cotton voile and crepe de chine
Overalls are huge this season and so now is the time to get your me made fix of this mega trend. The Jenny pattern is flattering for all shapes with the high rise wait and of course, the wide leg perfect for 70’s week.
Best sewn in: Bottom-weight woven fabrics: denim, twill, canvas, gabardine, medium weight linen, jacquard and brocade.
A roll neck is a key shape for this moment in time, check out our Pinterest board for some key styles and shapes perfect for nailing this trend. This top is a gloriously simple sew and the dress view is a great staple for your wardrobe when it comes to future projects.
Best sewn in: Medium weight knit fabric with an approximate 75% stretch such as rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.
So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week three? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.