Thursday, January 1, 2015

Announcing Another Sew-Along!!!

When my last sew-along finished, there was much talk in the Swirl Facebook group about holding another one.  It didn't take much to convince me - I had had as much fun as everyone else I think!  (By the way, if you want to have a look at the round-up post you can find it here).  Rather than doing it all on my own, this time I decided to team up with Decades of Style, an online vintage reproduction company specialising in patterns from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

I don't know if you've looked at their website, but I remember the first time I did I wanted to buy just about every pattern.  Let me tell you, narrowing it down to just one pattern for this sew-along was nigh on impossible!

After much debating with myself, I chose this gorgeous 1930s capelet pattern:

Look at it!  It doesn't get much more elegant than that!

The good thing with this pattern, is that it will work for both sides of the globe.  For those of you who are currently in winter, you can make it in wool suiting or even wool coating!  For those who are currently in summer, you can make it in a lighter fabric like cotton or silk for a summer evening cover up.

Here is a vintage example I have dreamed of recreating since I first saw it.  This one was sold by FabGabs on Etsy:

So this is what I'm aiming to do with mine.  And yes, I am going to tell you all the adjustments I make so you can do it too!

And the best thing is that Janet from Decades of Style is giving my lovely participants a 20% discount on the pattern!!!  All you need to do is use the code CAPE20 when you check out.  The code is valid from now until the end of January.

Now, Janet also told me that international postage (she is based in the US) is quite pricey.  For the price of posting one pattern, Janet can post up to 100 patterns.  So I figure you have two options:
  1. Buy a bunch of patterns to try (I did - I ended up buying 4); or
  2. Team up with some other sewers in your country and buy together and share the shipping!
The Facebook group (which is now called Sew Retro Rose's Lovely Ladies) will be talking and sharing about this pattern too (amongst other stuff sewing and non-sewing related - they are a friendly bunch!) so if you would like to join, please comment below with your email address and I will send you an email invitation to join.  This group would be the perfect place to meet other people in your country that you could share shipping with.  If you aren't comfortable with leaving your email in the comment, please send me an email at sewretrorose (at) gmail dot com.

This sew-along won't start until the 1st of February to give everyone time to get the pattern and their fabric.  Please note its important with this one to make a muslin, so make sure you have something lying around that you can follow my first post with (that will be all about making your muslin).

Here is another link to the pattern.

I hope you like my choice of pattern, and that you are going to join me on this sew-along!



  1. massively excited for this - have to wait til payday to buy the pattern but I'll definitely be getting more than one!

    1. Me too Eszter! I'm going to go in with the Australian girls to buy more patterns!

  2. I checked out the patterns and was so excited by the kitchenette pyjamas! They are adorable!

  3. Hi Beccie - take two with comment (and my apologies if this has come through twice!). I'd like to be added to the FB group please - I have attempted this patterns once before with mixed results so I'm keen to learn. My email is Cheers, Julia

  4. I missed the last sew along and might have to miss this one too :( so sad, such a beautiful pattern but dont have the money..

    1. I'm so sorry Carly - I hope you will just follow along and buy the pattern another time :)

  5. Oh gosh, is that pattern ever gorgeous! I'm waffling because I was so sad I didn't find out about the Swirl sew-along until well after the fact (arrrrgh), but I'm not sure how much use I'd realistically get out of a capelet. Even if I don't join in, I'll definitely be following your sew-along! :)

  6. I hesitated for a while because I have a few other projects I want to do, but I just really want to do it! So I'd love to be added to the FB group please -

  7. Wow that is pretty! Added your sew along to my social sewing calendar:

  8. I would love to join the facebook chatter - just purchased my pattern! shawn dot mueller at

  9. I would love to be a part of the group! I loved that pattern since you posted & never thought I'd ever be able to sew it. A friend's mother sent me part of her vintage stash (not vintage for her lol) to sew for my teen daughter. This cape would be a nice Christmas gift.
    my email arnoldann (at)

  10. I'm so excited to see this, I just blogged about how much I love capelets in general and specifically mentioned this pattern for a future project, what perfect timing. I'd love to be added to the FB group, I'll be purchasing the pattern soon! mllevaleur at :-)

  11. My first encounter with the Decades of Style website was exatly the same - I wanted to buy all patterns (almost). One of the patterns I have bought is this jacket/capelet - love it. It is still waiting for its turn.

  12. Hello Beccie:

    What is the time length of our SAL?