Recently I have been spending many hours reading different sewing blogs. I came across a very interesting post; The Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge, courtesy of A stitiching Odyssey. I can’t lie, I loved the post but was a bit disheartened when I saw that it was posted back in February. I thought I was too late!! However, further reading made me find that Marie had pledged about using at least 5 of her Vintage patterns in 2014…and we are still in 2014…woohoo!! I can get involved.
So I pinched the button and realised that my first dress could be part of my very own pledge! I think it is a great idea to get involved in projects that other bloggers are doing. This little button on my blog also spurred me on to make the other dress from the 2 patterns that I bought from the antiques store a couple of weeks ago!
So here it is! The Butterick 3379 – 1970’s pattern!!
I needed to adjust the pattern for my hips and bust but apart from that the construction was pretty straightforward if you paid attention! Unfortunately, I did not pay enough attention and ended up cutting the pattern for the back at the tunic length, rather than at knee length! Luckily, I had enough material to sew in the extra on the bottom of the back piece, phew! This dress also had a yolk on the front. I have never come across this before and I found it OK. It looked easier than it was. I found the corners quite tricky so ended up with a little bit of extra material, hopefully this isn’t that noticeable!
Upon hemming the dress, I made it slightly shorter than suggested to suit me better. In doing this, I actually removed most of the extra bit that I had needed to put on the bottom at the back!
Very pleased with this. I love the length, the contrasting zipper and the little puffy sleeves!
10 thoughts on “The Vintage Sewing Pledge”
This looks great! I especially like the zip and the neckline! I was looking at vintage patterns in a charity shop today, there was one I. My size but in a style I just wasn’t sure about On ebay all of the vintage patterns I’ve seen have about 80 watchers, who knew they were so (sew!) in demand?!
Oh, this is super cute!!! Thanks so much for taking part in my #vintagepledge, it’s great to have you on board. Your makes have been added to the dedicated Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/stitchodyssey/vintage-sewing-pattern-pledge/
Thank you…. this is very addictive!! 😀
Looks like a nice easy project for me… I like the pattern
My handful of 1950s dress patterns are my favourites. They are difficult to come by and the sizes are all different, but old patterns are well worth the effort!
Definitely! I will be looking for a 1950’s pattern in the future, I think the shapes will look much better than the 70’s look! Old patterns are worth the effort, I always wonder who else has used and loved it as much as me 🙂
You know, I sometimes forget “vintage” includes the 70’s, duh. I always tend to think of 1950’s on back; don’t know why.
Thanks for the reminder. Now I’m of to check out your blog.
Oh, and Natalie,
Thank you girl for deciding to follow me AND include my lil blog in your widget listing. How kind of you; I’m thrilled.
Thanks 🙂 No problem! Always nice to see and hear what others out in the blogging world are up to!