I was a bit late in re-joining the blogging world in 2014 to join the Vintage Pattern Pledge then, but to my utter delight, Marie, from a stitching odyssey has decided to repeat the pledge for 2015 so I had to join! I have so many vintage patterns accumulated that I haven't touched, because I'm too lazy to grade them up to my size, when I can get reproduction patterns that already fit. Well no more! This year I will get out my tissue paper and pencil and grade up those lovelies (and maybe share some of those patterns with my readers) It is difficult to choose how many patterns to pledge to make, but last year some of the participants pledged only to make 2 or 3, and ended up far exceeding their goal, so that is always an option. With that in mind, I think I will aim for 4 (one each season) as that is a very attainable goal, and if I exceed that number, then yay me!
I, Dixie O'Dare, pledge to make garments from at least 4 vintage patterns from my stash, also using fabric from my stash.
I know my husband wont be too pleased to read this, as he wants me to focus on sewing things that I get paid for, but I need my creative outlet for myself, plus I'm sure he'll be happy if I use up some of my fabric stash (which currently fills the sewing room, spare room and garage....)
I have already chosen my first pattern for this pledge, and have started grading it up.
I chose this to start, as I think the sleeveless version will make a great summer top, that will hopefully go with a few of my skirts that I have already made. Plus, it seems fairly easy to grade up.
As for the next 3, I'm not sure. I have a few lovely 50's/early 60's full skirted dresses, as well as a couple of quite fragile looking 40's style dresses, and some delightful 50's style suits (for winter perhaps?) Not to mention the vintage nightie pattern I used for the Vintage Pyjama Party hosted by Carla from Tiny Angry Crafter, which I would love to use again if I can find another suitable fabric for it.
Here is a photo of most of my vintage patterns, I found more after taking the photo....
And chosen the ones I'm most likely to make this year
I love the neckline on the dress on the left
This is the only vintage pattern that I have found and bought in my size. Unfortunately, it is missing the main front pattern piece :(
Ive been wanting to make a dress with a matching bolero/jacket for a while, after seeing a few cute ones at Elsie George.
Just a lovely dress
40's style dress. Maybe out of a gorgeous velvet?
Another nightie pattern, very similar to the one I used for the vintage pyjama party sew-along, but these have cute matching bloomers.
At least I have a bit of time to decide my next one.
Now I just need to work out how to get the button for the pledge to work on my blog.... I have no idea....