It’s January, and January means there’s a whole host of new sewing chat going on across the interwebs. Out of all of it I’m very excited about Rigel Bomber Jacket January (I’ve got a hold of the pattern and some pretty interesting fabric, so hopefully get cutting out this weekend) and the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge.
I missed this last year, but this year I thought I’d try and join in because I’m getting a little bored of some of my sewing habits. I have a fair whack of vintage patterns which I’ve not really got enough use from and this will be a good way to spur myself on. I was also excited to hear that Kerry is co-hosting this year!
My pledge is to make at least one thing from a vintage or repro pattern from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Here’s a peep at what I’ve got in my stash.
This might actually be my first pledge project as I’ve been planning to make the wide-leg trousers from this Simplicity pattern and have muslin fabric all waiting to be cut. I’ve made shorts from it previously – but I need to make some adjustments and the real fabric is silk so I don’t want to risk it.
I also have this blouse pattern which is either 40s or 50s (it’s not dated) and a gorgeous shape.
I’ve few a couple of these but also had a couple of fails from them – especially the Butterick B5605 which ended up a bit of a sad sack. I’m trying to decide between the off-the-shoulder Vintage Vogue V1094, which I got as a present and love but have never made properly, and re-making Butterick B5707 which I have always wanted another version of – possibly in a jersey.
Seems like I am really fond of 60s patterns or 60s style patterns! I’ve made a number of these, dresses, skirts, and tops. For a challenge, and because it’d be a useful make, I’d like to try one of the suit jackets from this pile. But I’d also already planned to remake the Butterick 2907 in some jade-green scuba I picked up in the Remnant Kings sale so that may come first.
I’ve made the first two of these but not yet the shirt dress, which I’m hoping to try. I might tone down the lapels which are slightly Harry Hill.
It was only after I’d decided on my pledge that I realised I don’t actually own any 80s patterns. When I think about it, this isn’t that surprising because, as a child of that decade, I still find it hard to sentimentalise or appreciate the fashion (other than bomber jackets, natch). I do have this Madonna pattern from Famous Frocks, which I’ve never made before. I might keep an eye out for an alternative – suggestions welcome!