Sometimes when I see all the fab garments being made by sewing bloggers using 'hot off the press' patterns from independent pattern companies, I feel a bit left out. I can't keep up with that sewing pace and can't justify buying more patterns either. My sewing output these days is much more focused and considered than it once was - I spend a lot less time sewing and more time thinking about what I want/need to make.
(Really should have moved that abandoned pushchair, It adds an unintended melancholy edge to the photo...)
All in all I'm happy about that as I've been finally getting around to using some nice fabrics from my stash and breaking out my pattern stash - including the vintage. The great thing about the #vintagepledge challenge is that everyone is united under the banner of sewing vintage together, you have a whole year to do it and you can sew whatever you like. I blogged last year about wanting to sew this dress and so I am delighted that it fits perfectly into the challenge.
This is the first pattern from my pledge:
Simplicity 7578 - "MISSES DRESS OR JUMPER: Top stitch dress or jumper gathered to yoke has collar, armhole bands, tie belt and front snap closing above pleat."
I do love a good vintage pattern. And this 1970s Simplicity number was indeed a good pattern. Let's focus on some of the nice features - the top stitching, short kimono sleeves with band of contrast fabric, the cute rounded collar and the central pleat. I have to admit I hadn't even noticed the pleat and collar shape until I started cutting out the pattern but I was delighted. I love these little features that make the dress stand out.
And of course, there's the top stitching. I threw myself in 100% by using a bright contrasting colour and getting proper top stitching thread. The stitching is so obvious that any little wobbles stand out, and though I do have some, I can live with them. It really sets off the dress.
There are no zips on the dress, it's just a 'pull over your head' number and you use snap fasteners on the front placket.
And now I've got the first of my 3 #vintagepledge items under my belt too!
Sorry for the quality of photos in this post - I tried on two different days so it's either dull & inside with dress ironed or too bright & outside with dress crumpled