Ruffles and Bows and a #vintagepledge

Friday 29 April 2016

This year I've decided to sign up to the #vintagepledge dressmaking challenge .

I know that it's April but thanks to my Mum and my pattern haul I'm going to join! Today I'm sharing which patterns I'm going to sew up this year and why...

 Yesterday Mum was over and I were going through my pattern box (we do this from time to time a Mother and Daughter thing!), we were searching for a jacket pattern for my brother's wedding. Mum commented on how many old fashioned patterns I had. I thought why not take part in Marie's vintage sewing pattern challenge. Here I am....

I love sewing old patterns from my Mum and my Grandmother's old sewing boxes, they are just...beautiful and mean so much. Even my Wedding dress had a bolero jacket made from two of my Gran's old patterns. It's a little part of family history, some families keep books, we keep dress patterns.

So this is my #vintagepledge 2016

 I have chosen four lovely patterns -

Style 4771 - a knee length skirt with a pretty detailed shoulder detail. The shoulder detail is really unique with a kind of bolero look. I think this would be great for the Autumn.

Simplicity 8217 - a pattern from Gran's box. The dress has a flair skirt and V or scoop neck. I love the bow and the side curved darts.

Simplicity 6535 - My Gran's shift dress with long curved shaped darts on the bodice. This pattern has so many variations on the sleeves, neckline and those bows!!


Style 3686 One from the family pattern suitcase again, a puffed sleeved flair dress with a ruffle front.

So there you have it, a lot of bows and ruffles and a 60s and 70s style going on. I've picked dresses as I need more dresses in my wardrobe for Summer days, less toddler picking up (dresses have been a no for a few years!)

For more vintage inspiration visit the Pinterest board -

Happy Sewing,

Samantha x

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