Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Vintage Pledge 2016 - Number 2

After the success of my first Vintage Pledge, I carried on by making Miss V a bias cut skirt. I chose Simplicity 7504 from 1976.

Pattern description:
Child's Blouse, Bias Skirt and Bag. The blouse softly gathered to yoke has square neckline and set-in sleeves gathered to armholes and with elastic casings, forming self ruffles. Bias skirt has front waistband, back elastic waistband and optional tie ends.

You may remember from my cat appliqué dress that I had some rainbow striped fabric. I wanted to use it for a skirt and was inspired by the striped version (number 3) on the pattern packet. I decided to make the stripes go up rather than down to make it look more like a rainbow.

As the pattern was a size 4, I had to grade it up and ended up adding about 4 inches to the length!

I spent a long time making sure that the stripes would match up, this was the first item I've made where I made an effort to pattern match. I was thankful that it was only a small skirt!

After that difficult part, the skirt came together quite easily, until the time came to add the front waistband. I think my grading hadn't been quite right as it wasn't lining up as the pattern suggested. I had to wing it a bit, but I think it worked out ok!

Miss V liked the colours and it had a nice twirl, but it has a major disadvantage: there are no cats on it!

I may make the top and bag from this pattern in 2017, perhaps for my new Vintage Pledge? I like the idea of adding embroidery, of course it would have to include a cat!

Vintage Pledge 2016 - Number 1

This was my first year of taking part in the Vintage Pledge and I set myself the target of making 5 items. Well it's December already, so I can safely say that I will NOT be meeting my target!

However I'm pleased to actually have something to contribute. I decided to make my daughter a few things for Christmas. I was looking through my vintage patterns and decided on Style 2762 from 1983.

Pattern description:
Child's Dungarees in two lengths, Pinafore and Shirt. Dungarees and Pinafore (with flared, four gore skirt) are elasticised across back and have bib with pocket, front waistband, side front pockets and top stitched trimming. The attached scraps are crossed at back and button fastened at front.

Miss V loves skirts and dresses, so I decided on the pinafore dress. Instead of a pocket on the bib, I   decided to make a paper pieced cat appliqué! I found a template on bejeweledquilts I liked. To make it even more simple, I used a rainbow striped fabric for the main part of the body instead of having to piece it together! I used the same fabric for my other Vintage Pledge make which I'll post soon.

After attached the finished appliqué I sewed the pinafore dress and decided to add some bias binding as a trim around the skirt. I made the binding from the rainbow striped fabric to match the cat and I'm very happy with the result! The main dress is refashioned from a black sheet.

Luckily Miss V loved her dress! It has a cute cat, pockets and twirls nicely. She's already requested another dress with a different coloured cat!

Vintage Pledge item number 1 is now complete.