I've been mulling over my choices for this year's Vintage Pledge. It's the third year for this initiative from Marie and Kerry and I really enjoyed taking part last year and seeing the range of vintage styles that were sewn up.
I'm concentrating on tops this year; it's what I wear and my wardrobe could definitely do with more.
These are all vintage patterns that I've had in my stash for some time and have been looking forward to sewing rather than just looking at them adoringly. The Betsey Johnson's are always my first choice-and both these shirt patterns remain as possible options.
This is a fun pattern- looks like a dress but it's really separates and the blouse has some neat details and style variations. I like the darts at the neck for a little extra shaping and the sleeveless/collarless options. The turn back cuff appeal too so I think this one is a definite pledge item. The bust measurement is very close to mine although I guess it will need a little smoothing out and the waist will need an extra couple of inches, I'm hoping the alterations will be minimal and relatively straightforward.
I like the look of this knit top which has a woven placket and neck. I've bought a lot of these henley style jersey tops over the year, I've made a modern version and this looks like a slim fit so another good candidate! I envisage a Liberty lawn trim with a marl jersey.
I've had this Style pattern for a few years. It is fragile and the instructions are missing but I love the pleats at the waist and lower bust- similar to the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress. Not totally sold on the long or short sleeves- the cuff has a V shape and is a little overly ornate so I may simplify this. It's a likely choice I have made the trousers before as a mash up with Deer and Doe Chataigne and it's one of those patterns that instinctively feels like it will be a good fit and I've been looking forward to making it.
What you pledge is up to you. It doesn't have to be clothing, Kerry from Kestrelmakes has included a glorious animal themed cloth book using a Vogue pattern from the 1970s as part of her pledge. Unfinished items can also be part of the pledge. I have an unfinished unblogged jacket from last years pledge that is mid-construction and I'm undecided whether to continue with it. The fit is not right, despite tissue fitting and alterations before I started sewing. It seems a shame to abandon it but I have a sneaky feeling that it is never going to look quite how I want it to. My pledge is going to concentrate on tops as an incentive to get them sewn!
"I, Kerry Green of Verykerryberry, pledge to make three tops- woven or knit- using vintage patterns from my collection."