hello, it’s been too long! I’ve been distracted by birthdays and sick children, but I’m now back into the swing of things and the sewing machine is back out.
I’ve a few other items to blog about but I thought I’d start with my ambitions for my vintage pledge. I have pledged to make one item to start off with. I had intended on another pattern, but I realised that it would be far too small and I don’t think I have the skills to upsize! So I looked for a similar pattern on line and found this one McCalls, Misses Two Piece Dress ‘easy to sew’ (I hope!) I LOVE it. It’s my prefect style and if I had my way I would dress up like the lady on the front cover all the time, but I don’t have the life style to suit! So I plan to attempt to update it to fit into my wardrobe.
I do seem to be slightly obsessed with this neckline! I bought this vintage dress 6 years ago and I’ve worn it to some weddings and I still love it. I will fit it in again… I will!
I have also been lusting over this top for work as well and I’m hoping that this top will be a cool version of this top from Boden.
I recently made Tilly and the Button’s ‘Coco‘ which has also has a similar feel about the neckline too. So I think this pattern is the prefect continuation of a steady theme of my wardrobe.
So this is my first attempt at sewing a vintage pattern and I am a little nervous about it. I have decided to make a top and not the full dress. The pattern is a 2 piece so this should be easy. I am going to make the long sleeve version. I love the fact the sleeves have darts in them.
I hope that my sewing skills can live up to it! So far I have cut out a muslin so I can see if it fits. I find fit tricky so I’d like to get this sorted before making my final version. I also need to figure about how much fabric I need and what type to use.
The boden top is made out of a double knit or Ponte de roma. My vintage dress is made from a scuba like fabric. I like the idea of Ponte as it will give structure of the neck line and hold the shape. I will need to do lots of research on how to insert zips into ponte. That saying I like the idea of making the top out if a chambray or another woven structured fabric. Hmmm decisions decisions…
Wish me luck! If you have any suggestions for fabric or advice then please let me know,