Friday, 27 May 2016

My Belated 2016 Vintage Pattern Pledge!

Yay! The "Vintage Pattern Pledge" is back for another year - and it started in January and it is now May. I am of course fashionably late (Dahlings).


I have sewn nothing yet but I have bought a shedload of patterns. Taking part last year actually got me to sew three vintage patterns which might not seem a lot but I think was pretty good going all things considered. Choosing the patterns that I sewed was a bit hit or miss.  This year I have decided to be a bit more organised *cough, cough* and am going to pick them from my ever growing pattern stash and try to fill in my wardrobe blanks.

So I, Kelly from Mother of Reinvention, pledge to sew 6 vintage patterns (or more) from my collection, including one that will be drafted by me from an original garment, one that will be lingerie and at least one using vintage fabric.

Here are some of my choices for 2016. Choosing six gives me about a month to sew each pledge. All of these pattens are already in my collection and are ones that I think will be most useful. The ones that I will actually wear without feeling like I am in fancy dress. Although I love the era I don't think that I could pull of the 50's look - it's too polished and lady-like, all things that I am most definitely not.


I have always loved fashion from the 60's and 70's so this year I am going to oscillate between unleashing my inner Margo Leadbetter, my inner Mrs Slocombe and channeling some GTO chic.



Mrs Slocombe - Style icon, cat mama and the absolute queen of the double entendre.

I am hoping to make some stuff that will be useful as there are huge holes in my wardrobe. I think that apart from M&S-style work clothes I have a shedload couple of things I can't fit into and that is about it. I have no evening or party wear and nothing that fits what I would like to wear when I am not at work apart from jeans and very faded band t-shirts that should have been retired to dusters a long time ago. So hear are a few patterns that are possibles.

DRESSES?





TROUSERS?



RANDOM STUFF?



I have shedloads more but you may have seen them and I didn't want to put too many pics in this post as I have a couple of the garden.


Even though the place has been really neglected while I have been away there are little things that have self-seeded themselves and are making the place look pretty. Forget-me-nots and purple aquilegias are all over, even my 50p daffs and grape hyacinths from the bargain bin at B&Q look great. I think that the aquilegias might be "Black Barlow", if you are interested.


I have bought some herbs at Sprogzilla's school plant sale to fill a raised bed. Hopefully going to excavate a place for it this weekend and get them all in before the weather gets too hot and they have to be watered all the time.


Mittens is not impressed at all.

So are you doing the Pledge? Is sewing vintage your thing or would you not touch it with a barge pole? Do you even like sewing pledges?

Sending you all happy Spring vibes!

Kxx










14 comments:

  1. OMG, that teal maxi wrap dress is a stunner! Make that one!!!!! I'm loving the 70's vibe you've picked out for most of your patterns - seems like easy chic dressing for summer!

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    1. Thanks Gillian. That one is an absolute knock-out but it is such a fabric hog. I think that it takes about 8 metres of fabric which is quite a lot if I mess it up. Thank goodness for cheap stuff on eBay. I do love the 60's and 70's vibe. It is very chic. I used to have lots of pairs of flares and would wear them every day if I still had them. Hope you house move went okay. Xx

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  2. I too love the 70's vibe. I really like that slip pattern and I am intrigued by what you may do with the "boot" pattern.

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    1. HI Rhonda, I am a real sucker for the 1970's. I just love the relaxed vibe from then. Do you know I fell in love with that boot cover/spats-thingies pattern from Peter from "Male Pattern Boldness's" Pinterest board of terrible patterns. I scoured the internet for it for ages. It is a bit 60's go-go boot-like. I think an embroidered pair would be great. Xx

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  3. I'm not a sewer, Kelly, but those patterns are beautiful. I particularly find I'm drawn to the maxi dresses/skirt - they're all gorgeous and I like the skirt with the waistcoat. Love the loose, flared from the hips trousers, too.

    I shall look forward to seeing your final choices - and finished garments!

    Have a great week

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Veronica, me too! :) I have actually been spending some time over this long weekend tracing patterns and washing fabrics. I have no idea why I am not doing more sewing at night time when I am away. At least it would be a productive thing to be doing. I do love a maxi dress too but only have a couple of skirts. Really looking forward to giving some of these patterns a go. Xx

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  4. Simplicity 6613 brings back memories... I made one, either that one or one very very similar back in the late 60s, in a purple with tiny white flowers cotton fabric. Those were the days when I could show a bit of chest! Sorry, decollete, dahlings... as you would say! Looking forward to seeing the results.

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    1. Hi Edwina, thanks I do love that pattern. It would have been gorgeous in that purple fabric. I think that I have some very similar 60's fabric that I have had since I was at school. That is a few years. It's a very "Margo" Pattern and I am sorely tempted to make one with bishop sleeves. Don't think that I can get away with much décolleté these days either. They are definitely southward bound in my old age. :D Xx

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  5. Great patterns! Welcome to the Pledge, better late than never lovely! Can't wait to see what you make!!!

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    1. Thanks Kacy, I really do like taking part in TVPP. Last year was a hoot and I actually wear what I made. I have been tracing patterns but as I am only home at the weekend anything long will have to wait. I don't have a big enough desk to do the frocks and stuff. Boo! Xx

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  6. I'm dying over the fabulousness of that Simplicity 9553, I'm going to have to hunt one down.
    A wonderful array of patterns, Kelly - several are in my collection, too.
    Good luck with the challenge, I meant to join in but always worry about suddenly losing my sewing mojo and not having the will to make anything for months.
    Lush plants from the plant sale. Hope you managed to get them bedded in.
    Mittens is gorgeous. xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix, isn't it amazing. I have wanted to make some boot covers for ages but didn't want anything too Steampunk, more something streamlined. You have great taste in patterns. I could definitely see you in some of these. I am the same but it made me sew stuff last year, where if left to my own devices I would have probably admitted defeat. Are you going to take part in the Simplicity Blogger Challenge? There is only one vintage pattern, S1365, and it is right up your street. You would look ace in it. The link is here: http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/sewingchallenge Xx

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  7. I love vintage and I love those patterns! Your photos are lovely, too. I also love your profile pic. :)

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    1. HI Linda, Thanks for your lovely comment. I love vintage clothing and patterns and collect them a bit obsessively. I have quite a few now, probably more than I will ever sew. eBay and charity shops are great enablers. My profile pic is one from when I was about 14. Not going to say how many years ago that was but it has zero's in it! I love your blog, we could all do with a bit more peace in our lives and nice to see you love cats too. Xx

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