Tuesday, 13 January 2015

2015 Vintage pattern pledge

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....

Dixie O'Dare


  1. That's a good idea, to add in that you're going to use fabric from your stash. I'm going to join the pledge too, but I'm still trying to work out exactly what to pledge. I also am trying this year to sew mostly only stash. Emphasis on try :-P
    So that's great wording of your pledge. I might borrow it!

    The last pattern, the pjyamas, I've got a similar pattern and cut out the top to hip-length, inspired by Amanda of Bimble and Pimble's top here:

    When I looked at your nightie you linked to, I want one of those as well!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you make for the pledge :-)

    Oh and I couldn't figure out how to get the pledge button to work last year, either.

    1. I have such a huge stash of fabric, so I thought it would be good to include that in my pledge. Even I can admit my stash is getting a bit out if control.

      It was hard to decide how many to pledge, I'm hoping to make a few more than 4, but you never know what is going to happen over the course of a year, so I thought it was a safe manageable number.

      The nightie is such an easy design, so I hope I'll find some fabric in my stash suitable for another one.

  2. oh I can't wait to see what you make. Funnily I have the same Australian Home Journal and was thinking about making up the dress of the left too!

    1. How cool Esther! We should sew it up and see what each other comes up with :)