Evening everyone! Just thought I’d share a bit of my excitement at committing myself to the 2015 Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge! If I sound a bit giddy, it’s because I had a day off today, which hasn’t happened for, um, a while… I suppose this does tend to happen when you start one job before quitting another, though.
Anyway, back to the subject. I vaguely followed last years Vintage Pledge from about halfway through, which was fun and I loved seeing what other sewists made, but nothing beats joining in, does it? And since I do have a healthy supply of vintage patterns (well, I thought i did, until I read Marie‘s tally. Which made me feel incredibly restrained 😉 ), and never seem to find the time to make them up, I thought this might give me a bit of a shove. The most common pledge seems to be 5 garments, but for once I’m being realistic, so my aim is 3. Which is totally do-able. Yes, it is. Shut up.
So, now I just have to choose which to go for! I have a few repros, one of which, Vogue V2960, I made up a couple of years ago in a beautiful Ascher pixelated-rose-print cotton sateen. I had a photo on the previous laptop, which unfortunately got on the wrong side of George and a glass of water. It’s lovely, but a bit too smart for everyday wear – this year I’d like to make things I can wear a bit more often! Anyone else feel we’re veering into shirtdress territory? Fortunately I have many of these, so I think we can safely say at least one will be making an appearance…
to a rag-rag of mainly dress patterns from the 40s through to (I would say) mid-60s:
I think it’s pretty clear I have a ‘type’… It’s easy to fall down the rabbit-hole of browsing patterns on etsy and (to a lesser extent) eBay, but fortunately my dress size and lack of cash are useful parameters. Otherwise, seriously, I would have all the patterns. Taking a 38″ bust (invariably and 18 or 20 in these patterns – yeah, it does wonders for your vanity), really narrows down the number of patterns available, unless you want to be grading *shudder*. And since I’m a) broke and b) still retain a small amount of self-control (it’s clinging on pretty grimly), I don’t spend more than £10 on a pattern, usually more like £5. That’s not to say I never would, mind you, but I can’t justify it at the moment, especially when I have so little time to sew them up! To be honest, if I can find a pattern I love for that price, why would I even look at the buy-it-now listing for £18.95?
Here are a few of the details that make it worth buying vintage:
I could go on. One toddler pattern states on the back: ‘Not suitable for chubby girls’. Don’t mince your words or anything… Although, it’s a trapeze dress. How is this not suitable for even the most rotund of 2-year-olds??
And on I ramble… Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting involved with this challenge, and I will be making FULL MUSLINS OF EVERYTHING. I hate it, but sadly am apparently unable to use a tape-measure well enough to gauge what size I need in the first place. Paul’s Jeds are nearly finished, but I am going to have to starve him a bit for them to be comfortable… Still, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed sewing them, and am not too distraught about the discomfort they may cause him, as I’ve kind of gone off the fabric I used – it’s a grey cotton drill, they look like prison-warder trousers, basically. So, you know, we live and learn. The pattern is ace, however, and I will be having another go, when I have worked out what the numbers on that long ribbon-like thing mean.
Right, I’m off to learn to count, so you have a great Friday (aren’t all Fridays great??) and see you soon!