The Vintage Pledge 2016 & Other Sewing Plans

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 scrutinised 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 pernickety 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!

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10 thoughts on “The Vintage Pledge 2016 & Other Sewing Plans

  1. Cate says:

    Yay, I’m doing the #vintagepledge too! I’ve also been thinking about doing the Big Vintage Sew-along but found the information so limited. Now I know it’s for the whole year I’ll definitely join in. I do love the skirt you’ve chosen but think it’s too similar to my own pattern, but I do like the blouse that goes with it, particularly the pussy bow neckline one. I am rather tempted by the yellow dress too, so if I run out of things to sew (yeah right!) then I give this one a go as well. xxx

  2. Jenny Frances says:

    I was really tempted by the yellow dress too, but I wasn’t sure if it was a subconscious ‘it’s yellow and therefore I must have it’ kind of attraction! I know I could make it up in yellow wool crepe fabric, but I’m not sure at the moment. I did think that skirt was similar to your one – which I love! I know what you mean about limited information on the Big Vintage Sew-along. The website is a bit lacking, there is more info in the supplement that comes with Love Sewing Magazine this month though. It actually made a nice change to purchase a sewing magazine, I usually only read Harpers Bazaar or original vintage magazines. Glad you are doing the #vintagepledge! Excited to see what everyone is making! xxx

  3. brigidboyer says:

    Good for you for joining in these sew-alongs! I participated in the Historical Sew Fortnightly for a few challenges one year, and really enjoyed it. But then I experienced some major sewing burnout (fellow hater of sewing-according-to-preset-deadlines over here! I prefer setting my own deadlines and not telling anyone about them 😀 ), so I decided not to do it anymore. I can’t wait to see what you end up making!

  4. The Homemade Pinup says:

    I just decided to participate in the Vintage Pledge earlier this evening, and after reading your post, I’m convinced to do the Big Vintage Sew-Along as well! I love seeing people make up vintage patterns, it’s going to be fun! I’m especially looking forward to your 1914 creation.

  5. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Brigid, oh no – not sewing burn-out! I know what you mean though, sometimes a break from sewing is definitely required 🙂 I love seeing all your sewing plans on your blog, and congratulations on expanding Brijee Patterns, how exciting! xxx

  6. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Lauren, Haa ha, I’m looking forward to seeing my 1914 dress too! At the moment the only thing I have is the pattern, and I have no idea what fabrics I want to use either. I think a blog post gathering inspirational images may be in order for me to focus my mind! I have a deadline of the start of June for the dress, so I had better get moving with it (of course AFTER Kieren’s jacket is finished too – which I have yet to start. Oops.) xx

  7. Jenny Frances says:

    I’m so excited to be taking part! I think it will help me to focus more on the items that I want to make, and to push myself out of my comfort zones a bit too. Thanks for running such a great challenge! xx

  8. Jessica Cangiano says:

    How wonderfully exciting! Huge props on putting yourself out there and tackling these exciting sewing challenges. I hope that they go as smoothly as the finest silk for you, sweet lady.

    ♥ Jessica

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