Vintage Pledge 2016 Plans

I’m participating in the Vintage Pledge again this year. Are you? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a low-key event where everyone makes a pledge of their own choice related to working with their vintage and vintage-reproduction patterns. It’s a good way to motivate yourself to actually use those patterns instead of just hoarding them. Last year I pledged to sew with two of my repro or vintage patterns, but I only actually used one. I sewed that same pattern many times, but I didn’t meet my goal. This year I’m aiming for two patterns again, and hopefully I’ll really use more than one!


I already have one project planned with all of the materials I need in my stash. I’m going to sew Butterick 6055 using this black and red stretch cotton, minus those ridiculous pockets. This was supposed to be my second project last year, and I got everything ready to go, including sewing a muslin of the bodice, but I never found the time to make the dress.


My second project is less thoroughly planned. All I’ve really decided is that I’d like to make something with a fitted skirt, because it can be windy here, and I’m always short on windy-weather outfits. I’ll either make this 60s pencil skirt or this 50s sheath dress. I’m not sure if I have any fabric in my stash appropriate for either of these patterns, so I’ll have to do a bit of digging and maybe some shopping!


If I get the previous two projects done, and can squeeze in a third, I’d love to make this 50s crop top with a matching skirt. I might do a pair using the pencil skirt pattern above or just do a simple circle skirt. But this one is really low priority because I won’t be able to wear it as many often as the other projects.





6 responses to “Vintage Pledge 2016 Plans”

  1. Katie Canavan

    Oooo, I love the crop top plan! That will be super cute.

    1. I love that pattern, but I suspect that I will have to make many versions before I get one that fits right. Thankfully it doesn’t use much fabric!

  2. I also have the crop top pattern and I love it but I’m not sure I’ll ever wear something like this so I doubt I’ll make it. We’ll see.

  3. Stephanie

    Love this idea. Just started digging in my pattern bin and I have a few that might fit the bill.

  4. This is such a neat idea! I rarely sew garments for myself these days, but it would be fun to make it a challenge.

    1. You don’t have to make garments to participate, just use vintage or vintage reproduction patterns.

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