I am addicted to vintage sewing patterns. I have hundreds. I am way to embarrassed to count them up! My love of vintage patterns started at an early age. I really enjoyed rummaging through my Mum’s collection from the 60’s and 70’s. I would often steal a few ideas for my fashion design collection that I was putting together (I was 8). I had grand ambitions to be a fashion designer. Fortunately, the ambition into fashion left me, but the joy of vintage patterns never did. I don’t make as many vintage outfits as I would like, I used to make loads in the 90’s and then I kinda lost my mojo for it. So when I spotted this on one of my favourite blogs, A Stitching Odyssey, I was in.
Here’s what you have to do. MAKE THE PLEDGE YOUR OWN;
- Use your first vintage sewing pattern
- Sew up a specific pattern from your stash
- Explore patterns from a particular decade
- Have fun patterns from a certain range of decades
- Get creative with your vintage sewing patterns
This year, I, Kate, pledge to sew up at least 3 vintage patterns from my stash. It’s out there, now I have no excuse. Please hold me to it!
So just for the fun of it and to get us inspired, I thought I would show you this lovely number I made a few years ago. The pattern is for a girl’s apron, it was produced by an Australian company called Madame Weigel, her business running from 1878 to 1969 – wow! It’s hard to date this pattern exactly, but I would say it’s mid 1950’s.
I must have made this with a very clear head as this is the sum of the instructions. As you can see the pattern pieces have no markings, just hole punches.