The Sew Over It Vintage Blog Tour

Lisa Comfort’s brand new book is soon to hit shelves, so we’ve rounded up our blogger friends to give it the once over! 

For issue 14 of the magazine, we sent our reporter Elisalex (of By Hand London fame) to interview Lisa Comfort about her new book, Sew Over It Vintage. The book’s all about the art of drafting your own patterns from scratch, taking your own measurements and create blocks to build a wardrobe that fits you beautifully.

Now, Love Sewing issue 15 is en route to a shop near you, and once you pick it up, you’ll find you can get a copy of the book for free if you take out a new subscription to Love Sewing magazine!

To celebrate the launch of the book and our exclusive offer, we’ve joined forces with some of our favourite blogging friends to put Sew Over It Vintage through its paces all this week.


So keep an eye out for new posts from these fabulous sewing bloggers, who’ll be taking on the self-drafting challenge this week:

Tuesday: Marie at A Stitching Odyssey  
Wednesday: Karen at Did You Make That
Thursday: Jane at Handmade Jane 

Friday: Rachel at House of Pinheiro
Saturday: Katie at What Katie Sews

We’re pretty excited to see what they think of Lisa’s fab book!


For our part, we put the book in the hands of one of our art editors, Jen, who’s recently gotten back into dressmaking in a big way. Here’s what she thought!

lisa cape

“Being a lover of vintage style and sewing, I’m really excited to try out some of the projects in Lisa’s new book. I learnt how to make clothes from my Mum when I was younger & recently I’ve spent a lot of time with my sewing machine trying to make myself a summer wardrobe.

My biggest problem with making clothes from shop bought patterns is that I never fit into a typical size and have to try to adjust the pattern to fit. Often ending up with straps that are too long or the waist not falling where I had hoped. Lisa’s book shows you how to measure yourself in a very simple way and then goes on to show you how to use those measurements to make clothes that are just perfect for you.

She talks through the basics of pattern cutting – including the terminology and pattern markings – and shows you all the tools you’ll need to start making your own patterns. I can’t wait to get stuck in and know that something will fit just right!

There are lots of other projects in the book, homewares, gifts and accessories too. I’m a keen charity shop raider and often collect small pieces of gorgeous vintage fabric, I even have some of the fabric featured in the book! Lisa’s got some great ideas for this too, everything from handbags to cushions and lampshades. A lovely necklace for when you’ve only a short amount of time and a quilt or a pouffe for when you want to really commit some time to a project. I love the fact that many of the homewares are actually featured in her own home.

If vintage style is your thing then theres definitely something in the book for you. I’m off to buy some dot and cross paper and some calico to make a toile and start drafting my own patterns!” 


So if you fancy getting your hands on a copy, get yours for free with your subscription to Love Sewing magazine right here


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