#vintagepledge!

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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.

My first ever vintage pattern purchase!
My first ever vintage pattern purchase!

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…

As far as the patterns I have to choose from go, they range from repro…WP_001340

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through a few children’s patterns…WP_001344

to a rag-rag of mainly dress patterns from the 40s through to (I would say) mid-60s:

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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:

Fortunately I will never need to rag-curl my children's hair.  If you go a day without brushing they've developed dreads already.
Fortunately I will never need to rag-curl my children’s hair. If you go a day without brushing they’ve developed dreads already.
'Xmas 1955' - the same pattern is marked on the back 1952, so I guess it was well-used in its day!
‘Xmas 1955’ – the same pattern is marked on the back 1952, so I guess it was well-used in its day!
Patt-O-Rama!  Patented, no less.  I have yet to work out what this is - it just looks like a regular unprinted pattern to me...
Patt-O-Rama! Patented, no less. I have yet to work out what this is – it just looks like a regular unprinted pattern to me…
Original mailing envelope, complete with recruitment advert...
Original mailing envelope, complete with recruitment advert…

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!

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