From Fruity to Funky by Yvette (@blossomsandwich)
From Fruity to Funky
Introducing the #sewseventies challenge
Despite telling myself I would chill out a bit after the #fruitsaladsewing challenge, I just couldn't resist when Georgie (@heysewgeorgie) suggested the idea of co-hosting #sewseventies, aka the grooviest challenge on Instagram!
1970s fashion seems to be having a bit of a style moment right now, with big sleeves, jumpsuits, flares and bold prints all over the highstreet. So many statement looks whatever your style! My personal (completely unresearched) hypothesis for why these styles are currently popular, is that we've all spent a year stuck inside and now we are finally starting to emerge from our duvet chrysalises and it's time to switch out the loungewear for a bold and beautiful wardrobe befitting of the butterfly metaphor.
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As sewists, we are lucky in that we have endless possibilities beyond the high street. We can use our skills to create anything we can imagine, with an incredible range of fabric and patterns at our disposal. There are so many patterns out there - both modern patterns with some retro flair (or should I say flare hehe) or you could get really authentic with a vintage pattern - check your local charity shop as you can often pick up some amazing bargains, or try Etsy and Ebay. There are also vintage reproduction patterns which offer the best of both worlds!
Simplicity - 8505
Tilly and the Buttons - Jessa Trousers
And there are even more amazing options when it comes to fabric choice! Georgie and I are both really into bold florals right now but you could also go for a geometric print, stripes or how about some corduroy? Kate has put together a wonderful blog full of fabric inspo on the In a Haystack Blog (https://inahaystack.co.uk/seventies-fabrics/) which is definitely worth checking out. Vintage bedsheets are another great source of fabric, not to mention a great sustainable option, with some really fun designs out there.
Ebay - Vintage Bedsheet
Hey Sew Sister - Cloud 9 Cotton
Now you're feeling thoroughly inspired to create some retro looks, let's get onto the #sewseventies challenge! We will be running the challenge through the summer, with prize draws at the end of June, July and August. Georgie and I are so grateful that our challenge has been supported by lots of amazing small businesses including:
Sew Me Sunshine https://sewmesunshine.co.uk/
Hey Sew Sister https://heysewsister.co.uk/
The Rag Shop https://theragshop.co.uk/
Pink Coat Club https://sewmesunshine.co.uk/
In A Haystack https://inahaystack.co.uk/
Cocowawa Crafts https://www.cocowawacrafts.com/
Pigeon Wishes https://pigeonwishes.com/
Little Rosy Cheeks https://www.littlerosycheeks.com/
Fleurs et Ours https://fleuretours.com/
Fabric Corner Lincoln https://www.fabriccornerlincoln.com/
The Sewist Fabric Shop https://thesewistfabricshop.co.uk/
Stitch and ink fabrics https://www.stitchandink.co.uk/
Sew Confident https://www.sewconfident.co.uk/
I will be announcing each prize over on my Instagram page @blossomsandwich so do follow along if you're interested in seeing what's up for grabs!
To join in, all you need to do is post your seventies style on your grid and use the #sewseventies hashtag. We hope this challenge inspires you to make something, but you don't have to! Already have the perfect retro outfit? Awesome, share it with us! Slow sewist? Never fear, post your chosen fabric and pattern pairings. No space in your wardrobe? Why not try out some retro inspired styling with your existing clothes!
We hope this challenge is accessible and inspiring and we can't wait to see everyone's posts!
Stay groovy x