Sunday, 14 January 2018

#VintagePledge - 2018 plans

After four fabulous years, the #VintagePledge is taking a well-earned rest for a while. But I've decided that because it gives me something to aim for (if not always achieve!) that I'll make a pledge of my own anyway.

I could keep making the 1940s and 1950s styles which I love, but I've decided this year to push myself to do something different. I've somehow acquired quite a few patterns from the sixties, seventies and (heaven help me) eighties, and it's time to actually do something with them.

So my pledge this year is this:
During 2018, I, Black Tulip, pledge to make up at least three of my vintage patterns from the period 1960 - 1989.

Obviously one candidate high on the list is Vogue 9004.

Vogue 9004, 1984

So that's the 1980s covered, what about the other decades? Here are some of the possibilities.

Although this was clearly a pattern aimed at young people, by today's standards it's a very conservative look.

Butterick 4384, 1967

Last week some friends were complaining about the lack of pockets in women's clothing - certainly not something you could say about Vogue 8194!

Vogue patterns from (L to R) 1965, 1968 and 1971-2

I keep putting off doing the alterations for this pattern because I know that it's going to be tricky, but I really should give it a go.

Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, 1976

I have absolutely no use for a floor length dress, but I am strangely tempted by the long versions of these two!

Simplicity from 1972 (L) and 1977

Finally my favourite brand of the 1970s and 1980s; Style. As with the Simplicity patterns, there is a real difference in the look of these two, despite only being a few years apart. 2828, with its raglan sleeves and no waist seam, is so of its time.

1974 (L) and 1979

So all in all, I have plenty of inspiration to choose from.


  1. Good luck with your pledge! I look forward to seeing what you make.

  2. Ooo, I'm looking forward to seeing these made up! You've got some good patterns from the latter half of the 20th Century, nothing too fashion faux pas, all rather stylish. Good choices!

    I have quite a few patterns from the 60s and 70s that I can't let go of in the hope that one day I'll run out of 1930s & 40s things to make. Yeah, right! xx

    1. I'm not holding my breathe for that happening!

      Believe me, there are a few patterns from this period which I acquired via auction lots and which will NOT be seeing the light of day! xx