To launch #vpjuly, our dedicted month of Vintage Pledge fun, Marie and I are both blogging about our own use of vintage patterns. I love using vintage patterns, although my vintage tastes have changed somewhat since I began sewing in 2010 and first started to use vintage patterns. This was the kind of pattern I was first interested in:
Elegant illustrations and pretty dresses! I certainly made my share of those, but found that they didn't really fit into my lifestyle. Although I made some lovely dresses, it began to make me feel sad to spend my time sewing things that I rarely wore. So this is where my heart lies now:
my proper version, above. I always intended to finish it, and months later I finally have. As it wasn't wearable until 2016, it's fine to count it as part of the 2016 pledge, isn't it? (The answer is yes).
Available here for £2/m
I used a polyester crepe from Regency Rags on eBay at £2.99 per metre. I'm not generally a fan of poly fabrics but I loved the fun heart print and cheap price, plus I also like the easy care aspect. I passed the rest of the fabric on to Franca of Oranges and Apples at a sewing meet-up, who made a top from it. The fit is a little blousier than the gepmetric version in viscose. This fabric is really a little thin to make a whole dress out of but it will be fine with a half slip or for warmer weather. It would be great as a holiday dress as it doesn't crease.
Here are a few recent purchases:
All bought from a vintage shop for 50p each - bargain!
An eBay purchase - I'm planning to make it in a wool linen mix fabric - the middle view but knee length
Essentially what I love about vintage patterns is being able to have decades of styles at your disposal - you can mix and match decades or stick to your favourite. There is something for everyone.