Y’all thready for this? | S/S’19 | Lindy Bop

Calling all BBC ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ lovers! Has your sewing machine been collecting dust? Perhaps you learnt how to sew from your parents or grandparents with the help of Mrs SEW-&-SEW, and you have since put down the knitting needles in favour of more screen time? *Note to self; put down your mobile phone!* Here at Lindy Bop, we know just how chaotic and busy modern life can get, so why not challenge yourself this year to take a break from the hustle and bustle, and get back into your favourite hobby?

As a vintage-inspired clothing company, we’ve gained a loyal customer base of Boppers who return to shop with us not only for our flattering and feminine silhouettes but for the fun, bright and bold prints too. If you’re after some new printed fabric to inspire your next sewing project, we’ve got just the thing! To say, “Thanks Sew much!” we’ve released a coveted collection of ten individual prints taken from our bestselling styles, now available in both Crepe de Chine and Scuba in 1 & 3-metre lengths. Click here to shop our fabric collection today!

We’ve collaborated with Shrewsbury based retro lingerie designer and small business owner Abi from @craftypinup, for her take on our brand-new fabric collection. Keep scrolling for a Q&A on all things crafting, sewing and dressmaking. Click here to head on over to Abi’s blog ‘The Crafty Pinup’ for her full review of our ‘Feather Print Crepe de Chene’ fabric, which she transformed into a wrap dress, perfect for Spring!

Lindy Bop: Who or what inspired you to start dressmaking?

Abi: I’ve always grown up with dressmaking around me as my mum has always altered and mended clothes, but it wasn’t until my late teens I thought I would have a go at sewing myself. At first it didn’t come naturally to me at all, but a few years later I tried again, along with starting my sewing blog to encourage me on my dressmaking journey and I’ve been making my own clothes regularly ever since!

I always loved vintage and retro clothes, predominately 1950s-60s but I could never find true vintage pieces to fit me so I thought making my own vintage inspired clothes would be a great alternative. Some pattern companies also offer ranges of reproduction vintage patterns and I’ve loved trying out lots of different styles, made to my tastes in colours & patterns and ultimately made for my body.

Lindy Bop: We love to encourage Boppers to get back into their favourite hobby with inspiration from our new collection, but for anyone thinking about sewing for the first time, what would be your advice?

Abi: Start small and simple! Items like cushions and make up bags are always a great place to learn some basic sewing skills. When it comes to dressmaking, it’s always good to have a basic understanding of how to read a pattern and knowledge about fabric types. Luckily there are so many resources online these days to help new seamstresses! Along with lots of lovely haberdasheries popping up and offering a multitude of sewing classes for all abilities. The sewing community on Instagram is always a great place of help and encouragement too.

Lindy Bop: How did you find working with the new range of Lindy Bop fabrics?

Abi: I used the feather print crepe de chine to make a wrap dress and the fabric was a dream to sew with! The fabric has such a beautiful drape and a small amount of stretch making it the perfect dress fabric. It’ll lend itself to lots of beautiful styles and it worked perfectly with the flutter sleeves on my dress. I think with my small amount of leftovers I’ll make a thin scarf, I want to make sure I use up every last bit!

We’ve loved catching up with Abi @craftypinup, but now it’s your turn Boppers! Y’all thready for this? From makeup bags, swing dresses to jumpsuits – the creative crafting options are endless! There’s only one question left to ask; with the help of Lindy Bop, what will you create next?

If you’ve purchased any of our ten printed fabrics or got back into your favourite crafting hobby with the help of Lindy Bop, tag us on Instagram with the #LindyBopLove.