Melanie from A Sewing Journal joins us today for her monthly look at recent sewing trends. You can find Melanie at A Sewing Journal, on Twitter and on Facebook. Today’s post features “old as new” looks… Tell us in the comments: Are you inspired by the past in your sewing? Have you seen any sewing with a vintage vibe that’s “wow-ed” you lately? What do you think about these trends?!

“Everything Old Is New Again”– So true, isn’t it? Especially in the world of sewing, I think. Here are some “old as new again” trends I’ve been seeing around the online sewing community.

Sampler Quilts
Many people are working on, or finally finishing up, sampler quilts. Currently, there’s a Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Along going on (find details on the following blogs: Fussy Cut and msmcporkchopquilts) based on the book, The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. Here is a bit of what I found around the web. Clockwise from top left: Pieces of Time pieced by Sherron of The Thrifty Gourmet and quilted by Piece N Quilt, Sampler Quilt 2 by make something, FWQAL by s.o.t.a.k handmade, Rainbow Craze quilt top from the Faith Circle of charity quilters by Stitched In Color, FWSQ Blocks 1 – 12 by run amok, Sampler Quilt by Fluffy Sheep Quilting.

Embroidery Embellishment
Embroidery as an embellishment for quilts, clothing and more, or just on hoops or in frames. It’s delicate, pretty and/or intricate. Also, you simply must check out Bari J. Ackerman’s new blog, We Love French Knots {Modern Embroidery Inspired By Grandma}! A few examples: Clockwise from top left: From Issue 3 of Vignette (The Comfort Issue) by Leanne’s House, Market Folk journal cover from the book Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches, Dress Embroidery Pattern by A Little Sweetness, All Dressed Up quilt pattern with embroidery by Bunny Hill Designs.

Aprons
I think we all still love aprons, don’t you? It seems like we’re still making them. And what I’m seeing a bit more of are 1950s-style half aprons, just like my grandma had. Clockwise from top left: 1950s Diner Apron by Terrace Hill, A Fabric Lover’s Apron (made with Anna Maria Horner’s fabulous Loulouthi fabric) with a tutorial here by Maureen Cracknell Handmade, Vintage Inspired Apron #21 by Q is for Quilter, Making Aprons by living the swell life.

Pretty + Old-Fashioned Dresses
Pretty and old-fashioned dresses for girls are popping up around the web. Clockwise from top left: Leah dress by Craftiness is not optional, Little Blossoms by Olabelhe found in Pat Bravo’s Flickr photostream, Children’s Corner Virginia by Piles Of Laundry, summer baby dress from Vintage Style for Kids book made by Saidos da Concha, Vogue 7435 by dream bug.

Overalls
Sweet and old-fashioned overalls for the boys. Awww, aren’t they cute? Clockwise from left: retro coveralls – red car by red pajamas, Overalls for Noah by missymuh, A quick change to the Quick Change Trousers by Anna Maria Horner, Train Man Sun Suit by Pinkdixie.

A stroll through the “Coming Soon” section in the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop features a great variety of “old-is-new” fabric with an emphasis on roses and florals with a vintage feel. Clockwise from top left: Posy Sky from England Swings by Rebekah Merckle, Rose Garden Pink from Treasures by Rachel Ashwell, Sprinkle Dots Pink from Peacock Lane by Violet Craft, Chintz Grey from Paris Apartment by Bari J. Ackerman, Floraburst Pink from Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow.

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