Vintage pledge 2015…projects and plans

I loved the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge from last year, it was started by Marie from A Stitching Odyssey, and it is all on again this year….I sew from vintage patterns all the time, and I’m making my pledge based on some more challenging skill building projects, I’m going to make a vintage suit, and at least two of my vintage Couturier Design sewing patterns.

This is what I’m looking at using for my first vintage tailored suit! I have been gathering ideas and ‘how tos’ about vintage tailoring techniques for a few months, and have shortlisted two patterns:

sewing patterns

My other intention is to do some fabric stash busting, so I’ll be looking to work with fabrics I already have – or have a very good reason for looking elsewhere..!

My other plans include, McCall’s 3468

McCalls 3468 pattern

I’d like to make this for cooler weather, I have a similar style dress in a wool crepe, which is my go-to in Autumn and in winter with a warm coat. Fabric to be confirmed! This is the back of the envelope…

McCalls 3468 pattern back

How about this beautiful dress!

Vogue 8817

I have some rather special 40s (maybe?) curtain fabric, which looks unused, thank goodness, which I think may be perfect….just need to do a test pattern lay up.

Vogue 8817 pattern and fabric idea

I love the feel of this fabric…nice condition huh?

Vogue 8817 pattern and fabric reverse

Then there is this very noir dress, still planning fabric at this stage, but I have some unusual curtain fabric in a darkish silver grey. It has a nice drape, which I have been looking at….might just be worth using for a wearable muslin.

Vogue 273 Couturier design

Not sure yet…but I have all 2015!

Vogue 273 Couturier design detail

My other Couturier Design sewing pattern is this Patou, which is already underway….

Vogue 1195 Patou Purple

During 2015, I, Angela Carter, will sew up one vintage suit, and two vintage Couturier Design sewing patterns.

I’ll still be working on my vintage sewing day wear, so more vintage separates, plus I have revisited my sewing project pile, and I have five vintage sewing outfits waiting to be completed! They’ll be on the list for 2015.

So, are you taking the pledge? xo




  1. You have some stunners in your collection. I’m especially smitten with the idea of that Vogue in the red brocade/curtain fabric. It’s going to be beautiful! I have a few suit patterns I’d like to try also. I haven’t narrowed down my pattern goals quite as thoroughly as you have. But I have started sewing my first #vintage pledge project already, so that’s something. 😀


  2. Yes, I’ve also joined the Pledge again!
    And I love the patterns you’ve shown here. Especially the 1940’s dress with the bustle-style back drape and that glorious Patou…
    I haven’t really planned my patterns for this year’s Pledge (and I don’t think I will. Making it up as I go along tends to work best for me with these things) but I am also thinking about making a suit this year. Either vintage or self-drafted with a vintage look.


    1. Thanks for your message Lauriana, cool, I look forward to seeing what you make this year.
      Sounds like there are few people planning or dreaming of suits, so it will be great to see other people’s takes on the ‘vintage suit’.


  3. I found your blog through Beccie’s sewing group. I joined the pledge for the first time this year, I think it’s perfect for me, as I have tons of patterns and sewing magazines, and piles of fabric, so I really have more than one reason to make some projects in 2015.
    I totally adore your red and white damask fabric, it will certainly look gorgeous on that dress!

    Regards from Switzerland, Doris


    1. Thank you for your message Doris, I like that the pledge is open to any vintage pattern, or project, so there is a wide range of makes. I was very inspiring last year for me.
      I look forward to seeing what you make x


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