Merry Vlogmas

Merry Vlogmas from Sew Old Fashioned

A Merry Vlogmas to all!

Thank-you, you may be saying, but what on earth is Vlogmas? Essentially, Vlogmas is a shared act of questionable sanity that occurs every December where YouTubers across the world try to make a video every day until Christmas. Given that I had left my job at the end of November and was vaguely occupied with some freelance work, I decided I had enough time to join in with the fun this year.

I’m glad I did take part because even though it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun and I was certainly feeling more festive than I normally do. That’s what happens when you spend a lot of time wearing a sparkly santa hat while drinking tea out of your ridiculous Christmas mug.

What did I get up to Vlogmas? Read on for a link to the entire set of videos for 2017. Continue reading

Take a tour of my sewing room!

Sewing Room Tour Vintage Bernina 801

My Sewing Room Tour

When I got back into sewing a couple of years ago, my sewing space was the kitchen table. I kept my sewing machine on a fabric placemat so I could slide it out of the way whenever I sat down for breakfast. This wasn’t exactly ideal, but it was workable, so I was happy enough.

Then we moved house and I was suddenly able to have an entire room for my sewing space. I could put my table in the centre of the room and plonk my machine on top of it without ever having to move it for my plate of toast. It was bliss! Over the two years we’ve been here, I’ve moved things around and tweaked it to my liking and it’s finally at a point where I would like to share it with you.

Are you ready to see where I sew? Read on for the full tour. Continue reading

Planning a Handmade Capsule Wardrobe

5 Piece Holiday Wardrobe

My 5 Piece Handmade Holiday Wardrobe

You know how it is: you’ve booked in a holiday over the new year with your friends and the countdown has begun. Plans are made. Excitement grows.

Then you suddenly realise you have nothing to wear.

Well, no worries there! I’ll just dive into my fabric stash and pull out all of my patterns and spend a million years deciding what to make. Easy, right?

A wardrobe crisis isn’t too much of a problem when you can just hit the shops and wander around until your holiday suitcase is overflowing with outfit combinations. I just have a few problems with that: Continue reading

Five Fabulous Handmade Present Ideas

5 Fabulous Handmade Gifts

Now, I’m going to ask you a question and I don’t want you to panic. Yet.

Are you ready for Christmas?

I know what you’re thinking. Of course not! It’s only October. We have at least two or three months until Christmas, depending on how creative we are with our maths.

Actually, it’s a good thing that we have two or possibly three months until Christmas, because when you make your own presents, it’s best not to leave things until the last minute. We all know last minute Christmas shopping generally involves battles and quests so grand they deserve a trailer voiced by a guy with an epic voice.

Last minute Christmas making, on the other hand, involves a lot of caffeine, some language that would push things past a family-friendly rating and a sleep-deprived crafter on Christmas morning who never wants to see a crochet hook again.

All things considered, it’d be best if we made a start now, right? Continue reading

Welcome to Sew Old Fashioned

Welcome to Sew Old Fashioned

In the Beginning…

Making things has always been a huge part of my life. As a kid, I embraced my own idea of recycling by spending hours making tea sets out of old cereal boxes and sticky tape, then taking them to school. It was only a matter of time before I turned my attention to constructing somewhat more practical items.

These days, I still feel sorry for those primary school teachers who were forced to look at each new cereal box creation with encouraging smiles and stickers for my achievements.

Tea cups made out of cardboard = not so useful.

A sparkly swimsuit for my barbie doll = winning! Continue reading