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Sewing The Seventies 2018


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When the Sewing the Seventies challenge finished last year, I got a few inquiries about whether it was going to run again next year. I had such a great time last year making my garments and seeing everyone else’s makes that I thought I’d run it again.

Like last year, I’m going to run the challenge over the next few weeks and dedicate my blog to all things 1970s related. This year, as well as the contest to make a seventies outfit, I’m also inviting you all to join me in “Living the Seventies”. I’m planning to spend ten days (in March) immersing myself in the decade; listening to the music, watching the films, eating some seventies-inspired food and of course, wearing the fashions of the era.

Here’s the important information:

What is Sewing the Seventies?

It is a sewing and knitting challenge to make clothing inspired by the fashions of the seventies.

The challenge starts today and you have until 26th March to sew or knit your garment or outfit.


How do I join in with Sewing the Seventies?

You are all invited, no matter where you live.

  1. Leave a comment on this post if you are interested.
  2. Write a post about your seventies make in the next two months including at least three pictures of each make.
  3. The post must have “Sewing The Seventies” in the title
  4. Add a link back here to the Steely Seamstress site so that others can see what Sewing the Seventies is all about.
  5. Grab the Sewing the Seventies button. The code on my side bar can be copied and pasted into a Text Widget on WordPress, or you can download the image and use it on your site.
  6. I will share all your posts on this site towards the end of March.

I’m slow at sewing, or I have lots of other sewing to do?

I know the feeling! Life just keeps getting in the way of my sewing plans too. That’s why the challenge is open for two months for more sewing time. I’m not the world’s fastest at sewing either – entering just one garment is fine too! If you don’t wish to sew or knit, join me for “Living the Seventies” and immerse yourself in the decade in whatever way you wish.

I don’t have any vintage seventies patterns?

No problem! This challenge is all about the seventies vibe, so using a modern pattern with a seventies look or a seventies-inspired fabric is great too.

In fact, I’m planning to write a few “inspiration” posts in the next month, with lots of suggestions, watch out for those!

Tell me now! What’s the prize?

That would be telling! I’ll announce this in a couple of weeks time!

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31 thoughts on “Sewing The Seventies 2018

  1. Hurray! I’m in! There’s a dress I’ve been meaning to make (but could use a push 😉); not to mention some vintage patterns that have somehow appeared in my stash 😉. I’m very happy you’re hosting this challenge again!

  2. I’m not sewing these days, but I love to see what folks make. Best wishes with it!

  3. This is going to be so much fun! 😀

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  5. I don’t have a blog. Can we post on Instagram? Maybe come up with a hashtag we can use?

  6. Ooh, I want to do this! I think I have a gorgeous 70s sailor dress somewhere in my collection..

  7. I’ve only just found this, but I think I have JUST the pattern! Count me in please

  8. I don’t have a blog. Can I participate via Instagram? Maybe come up with a hashtag to use for the challenge?

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  10. Yes please I’d like to take part too

  11. Ooh count me in, I have the perfect pattern to sew up for this challenge and I’m hoping it will give me a much need a boot up the bottom to get back into sewing!

  12. I am so hoping you will do this again! The more the merrier! 2019 needs a new vibe! I would love to sew something from my youth!!! Please let me know if you are up to the challenge! 🙂

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  14. This is so cool! Are you going to be running Sewing The Seventies again this year? I’d LOVE to participate, the 70’s is one of my favourite decades!

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