For some reason, the idea of taking part in sewing challenges scares me. In part, I think it is because it feels like I am putting myself ‘out there’ to be judged and scrutinized by complete strangers, a prospect which is kind of terrifying. I know my fears are pretty ridiculous, because I have been putting myself ‘out there’ for a few years now right here on this blog! And I know the sewing community is not comprised of big scary persnickety people either, so to surmise – YES, I know I am being irrational and ridiculous.
The Vintage Pledge 2016
With that in mind, I am taking part in the #vintagepledge this year! Gulp. I have read about it for the past few years, and gazed in admiration at everyone’s makes. So this year, I am quelling my fears and taking part myself.
So – what am pledging to make? Well, I am hoping that this challenge will give me the push to actually make more items in my personal sewing time, both for myself and for Kieren. One of my aims is to make Kieren a 1940s Windbreak Jacket from an original pattern reprint (from the Vintage Pattern Shop), a prospect that Kieren is extremely excited about, whilst I am a tad apprehensive. Menswear is something I have very limited experience of, I specialised in womenswear and design at university, and I have only made a handful of male garments. Also – just a note in case anyone was wondering, the Vintage Pledge allows you to make garments from original vintage patterns, AND reproduction patterns. Hurray!
I also aim to make a 1914 Afternoon dress from a vintage pattern reprint, an era I have not previously worked with. This is my pattern below from Nehelenia Patterns.
So I think the #vintagepledge for me, will be about working with eras previously unexplored by me, and venturing into Menswear.
The Big Vintage Sew-along
Another sewing challenge I want to take part in this year, is the Big Vintage Sew-Along, hosted by McCalls. The idea is, you choose a vintage or vintage inspired pattern from their edit; and get making! So far, I just have one make planned for this – the McCalls 6993 skirt from their 1933 archive. I must admit, the patterned version B on the envelope didn’t excite me all that much, but the straight cut, pleats and front yoke of version A definitely excited me!
What attracted me to these challenges (other than the focus on vintage sewing); is the fact that they run all year long. So no looming deadlines to panic about – although I know we are 1/3rd of the way through this year already. With the Vintage Pledge, I have chosen not to specify a number of makes or garments, as for me I feel that would make me feel pressurised and not result in me producing garments I actually wanted to sew. I mean, I love sewing, but who wants to sew out of panic or just for the heck of it? Um no.
Also, Love Sewing Magazine has a great supplement this month dedicated to the Big Vintage Sew-along (which is where the above image is from). This was the first time I had purchased a sewing magazine, and I was pretty impressed!
Are you taking part in any sewing challenges this year? Do let me know and we can be long-distance sewing buddies!
Until next time dears!