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Vintage Pledge Number 2

P1040920 Vintage Pledge Number 2

Not a whole lot different from Vintage Pledge Number 1 to be honest. Same pattern (Vintage Vogue), same slash neck option.IMG_1603[1]Fabric-wise though, I opted for an old-fashioned rose pattern. I thought that I’d seen it somewhere before. Perhaps on my grandmother’s aprons. Or even on her bedroom walls.

Swept off my feet by the romance of nostalgia, I bought 5 metres of the stuff, convinced that it must remind me of my childhood.  At least on a subliminal level.  Later, as I was watching TV, I realised that I had seen it before. Adorning the wall. In a Flora margarine advert…

P1040920Flora. Rich in polyunsaturates…  Annoying what a mind holds on to.

But now I had 5 metres. And I had to do something with them. Thankfully none of my friends watch TV as much as I do so I forged ahead.

And here is the finished garment.

P1040936                                                              front view

I like to wear my 50’s vintage dresses with a wide black belt, but, with this fabric I think the black creates too harsh  a contrast. The pattern includes a sash in the same fabric – I might have to make one.

P1040933                                                                     back view


The pattern also includes delicate button loops for the shoulders. I tried and failed at these (evidence now in the bin) and so I prefer to sew the shoulder openings down and sew buttons for decoration ( I just slip the dress over my head, then zip it up at the side).  Delicate button loops are a lovely detail but…

had to go for a delicate colour instead.

pale pink fabric buttons


I then rummaged round my wardrobe to see what I could wear with it.

First up is a neat ( as in possibly too small for me) bolero.


I like this but the black belt is wrong.

P1040938Next for critical appraisal is the denim jacket. I’ve worn this today and although it doesn’t look great on Fifi my ‘model’, when I put it on today it dressed down the 50’s vintage vibe, which, when you’re off to the supermarket, is not a bad idea. The black belt looks fine here.


Then I uncovered a rich seam of pink cardigans. Not only did I find a pink bolero, but, crumpled on the floor of my bedroom, under the washing basket, I found this. Once ironed it goes really well, picking up the pink in the rose.

P1040944 I even managed to pull out a handknitted cardigan with 3/4 length sleeves and uneven frill (I remember rushing to finish).

On a cardigan roll, I couldn’t stop. Trying white for a good-girl-Sandy-in-Grease look (sadly not, nor has ever been, me). Then blue, for a nearly-goes-but-not-quite feel (which unfortunately is more authentically me).

P1040952But then I found it. My two metres of sewn-to-make-it-look-like-a-silk-wrap lining material. A devil to iron, but I think it works. Clearly not to wear for work but as I’m going to a couple of weddings soon I think I might have found an outfit. Or rather, the outfit.

P1040949P1040948Just need to change the belt and hit the charity shops for a matching bag. I’ve got apair of old silk pink shoes hanging around. Somewhere. Might take me some time to unearth them but I know they’re there somewhere. And I might even make a frou-frou petticoat.

As for the leftover dress  fabric, my friend Elizabeth is having a knicker-making party. Could take it to that. But that might be going too far…

LINKFILE  and price info

  • 5 metres of floral fabric  £3.95 a metre ( I always buy a little more than I need. Perhaps I will make matching knickers!)    £19.75
  • 1 pale blue zip   60p
  • 1 reel of pale blue cotton  £1.42
  • 6 delicate pink buttons at 59p each    £3.54

TOTAL :  £25.31

all from fabricland


Vintage Pledge

Vintage Pledge

Black and white gingham – done. Vintage Pledge and Sew Arty Challenge (Frida) – to do.

And so, next on my list is the Vintage Pledge.

Step 1find a vintage pattern.IMG_1602[1]I chose a Vintage Vogue pattern.  ‘facile’?  ‘J’espère…’

Step 2 : find a vintage fabric.

Or perhaps not. This pattern needs nearly 5 metres of fabric . Imagine! That’s a lot of material and a mistake would be costly.  And so I get me down (again) to Fabricland  to get metres and metres of cheap fabric.

Up and down the aisles I go. Until I see this.

IMG_1600[1]I can’t explain why, but somehow this fabric sings vintage to me. Must be the beach huts.  And it feels quite heavy.

But I walk away.  What am I thinking? Novelty fabric. That’s what it is. I would look like a clown. Think polka dots Isabella. Polka dots. But the ones on offer are either too big or too small.

‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside‘ goes round and round in my head. But before I get back to the beach hut fabric someone picks up the roll  and takes it to the checkout.

That’s it. I MUST have it.

I stalk the beach hut fabric purchaser. Find out she wants to make cushions for her caravan. That doesn’t put me off although I raise my eyebrows (it’s an involuntary thing).

5 minutes later I have 5 metres of beach hut fabric with which I intend to make a vintage dress. 50’s. Perfect numerically for oh so many reasons.

Step 3 : make the dress

I pin out the pattern but have to re-pin. There is a repeat pattern! I immediately think ‘wallpaper’ and match up the pattern accordingly.

Then it’s time to sew, sew, sew.

IMG_1714[1]And 3 hours later Fifi ( my dressmaker’s dummy extraordinaire ) is wearing a fab fifties vintage frock. Fun.

And the pattern matches up!

IMG_1720[1]I add a belt.

IMG_1718[1]Then a mustard bolero cardigan (goes with everything at the moment)

Fifi looks great! Time to try it on myself…

IMG_1643[1]Such a full skirt!

IMG_1646[1]Frou-frou view from behind.

IMG_1626[1]Rather creased…

IMG_1619[1] The camera angle makes it look longer than it is!

It’s a Vintage-style dress. And it fits! Don’t think I’ll be wearing anything else for the next week or so.

Just hope that the weather is sunny because I do love to be beside the seaside. Oh I do love to be beside the sea… and to wear a beach hut dress might not be such a good idea when it’s chucking down bucketfuls of rain.

Or, you could say that, in Britain, it’s just right. A summer dress for the great British summer weather. Get the parasol up before the heavens really do open…Now I understand the point of the beach hut. Time for a brew.