Sew Over 50

These are the SewOver50 blog posts that I’ve written so far, they will gradually be added to as time goes by, the most recent to be published will be added at the bottom of the list. I hope you find them interesting or useful, and enjoyable to read. It’s a wonderfully welcoming diverse and inclusive sewing community to be a part of, we are always sharing tips, advice and support between ourselves over on Instagram so make sure you follow the account as well as your favourite inspirational sewers and makers.

In August 2018 I wrote the first post which became a catalyst for the whole Sew Over 50 ‘movement’, on the 18th of August Judith Staley started the Instagram account.

The follow-up post asked if we were being ignored by pattern companies, the answer was a resounding yes!

In November 2018 10 of us, including Judith and myself, went to Love Sewing HQ for a photo shoot and the article appeared in the February issue the following year. Since then we’ve expanded to almost 20K followers and we are now a very varied, and worldwide, group.

Early in the new year 2019 we launched the first ‘Visible’ Challenge, when we asked you to choose a pattern which featured an older in its advertising. It was much harder than you might think but it did mean that we all started to discover lots of new pattern brands which used a more diverse range of models…still a lot to be done by some brands though, and I don’t just mean age.

There was a follow-up post that added extra patterns which had been brought to our attention since the launch of the challenge.

When the challenge finished, and randomly-chosen winners were announced, I rounded everything up with this post.

Sandy’s next idea was a ‘Flat lay’ challenge so here’s a round-up of how that went.

I examined whether anything had changed in the months since SewOver50 had come into being, and was there more we could do to encourage change.

In August 2019 we celebrated our First Birthday! In this post I spoke to several of our stalwart supporters from all over the world. They generously answered many of my questions and explained to me what @SewOver50 has come to mean to them.

We asked for your sewing advice for newbies, so it’s all here in one place

You came up with so many ‘go-to’ T-shirt patterns and I’ve listed them all in this post for you.

The first (and so far only) official SewOver50 meet-up in London, February 2020. It was very popular and well over 60 people travelled from far and wide to be there. We really hope that eventually there will be more of these happening around the world, but please don’t take unnecessary risks. Check out the #so50meetup to see where fellow-sewers have had get togethers.

We launched the second #so50visible challenge early in 2020 which many of you enjoyed joining in with. The numbers of followers to the account have grown so significantly that lots of you weren’t a part of it when the 2019 challenge took place.

We covered some varied topics on the account during the lockdown, one of the most popular was a discussion about our fabric buying choices. You can also listen to me chatting about it over two episodes on the Sew Organised Style podcast with Maria Theoharous.

We had another wide-ranging discussion about our cutting and sewing habits-do you just cut and sew one thing at a time, or are you a batch cutter? you decide…

This year’s Sewing Weekender (a really popular and over-subscribed two day event in the UK) went online. As a result it meant that close to 2000 people could attend regardless of where they were in the world, and it raised over £23K for 4 worthwhile charities. I was invited to contribute so I filmed my first ever video in which I chatted about the #so50visible challenge. You can have a read, or a watch, here.

We’ve just been celebrating TWO years since Judith launched the first post on @SewOver50, and the grass certainly hasn’t grown under our feet! I summed up a few of the activities many of us have shared, especially during the pandemic and lockdown. It’s clear that Sew Over 59 has been a huge source of comfort and support, as well as inspiration, in the midst of it all.