My Plans for The BIG Vintage Sew Along

by - 4/19/2016

Like I said in my previous blog post about the Vintage Pledge, I'm a total newbie to this online sewing world! But I'm diving right in! And in my research early this month I discovered The BIG Vintage Sew Along. Another community style sew along with my name all over it.

Being a vintage style pattern hoarder (most of which I am still yet to make...), a lot of the patterns included in the sew along were quite similar to what I already had in my stash. My pattern hoard is a lot of 1950s style dresses, and I normally don't go for 1940s inspired anything. But when I saw the Butterick 5209 pattern I knew I could make it work for me. Even though I like the halter neck style, I'm not sure if I would realistically wear it, so I'm going to be making option B with the little sleeves. I hope I can make a sweet vintage style tea dress, perfect for every day wear, but also smart enough to take out for cocktails.

The Butterick 5209 dress pattern from 1947. Available to buy HERE

Even though the satin sample on the right here is super gorgeous, it's a little fancy for what I had in mind...

So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and came across these two gorgeous 1940s dresses, very similar to the styles of the Butterick B5209 pattern.

I realized I'd spotted this (left) near identical viscose fabric on Minerva Crafts a couple of weeks back. And I think it could work perfectly! Plus it will get me out of my black/gingham comfort zone. But even though I'm 99% sure I won't be making the halter-neck style just yet, I fell in love with this vintage pastel floral number. Wouldn't it be beautiful in a Liberty floral cotton lawn fabric? I will buy that (right) Liberty fabric for something eventually. 

So anyway, those are my plans for my first Big Vintage Sew Along. However, don't be surprised if I change my mind completely! There are so many gorgeous vintage patterns included in the sew along, it's certainly hard to choose. Hopefully I'll end up making more than one garment, I have my eye on the vintage inspired blouse and practically all the 50s dresses.

All the patterns I have my eye on for The Big Vintage Sew Along!

I'm aiming to start my first dress for the sew along early May. It'll make a fabulous birthday dress! Find out more about the Big Vintage Sew Along, the good cause behind it and how to get involved below: 
Click here to find out more

Which patterns will you be sewing? I can't wait to see everyone's makes. I've already seen some beautiful garments popping up, which have been so inspiring to see!

Thanks for reading, pinups. Stay tuned to see how my dress turns out...

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  1. Great choice!!

    I made this dress last year, and I just wanted to point your attention to the fact that the bust line is crazy high on this pattern! (egotistical link to my post in 3.. 2.. 1.. It's not the worst thing in the world, but I would definitely measure from the top of your shoulder to your underbust to make sure the finished item will sit right!

    1. Thank you so much for the heads up, I'll be sure to check my sizing. Your dress still looks fab though - beautiful photographs! Thanks for making me aware of your gorgeous blog too <3