Monday, January 25, 2016

Vintage Pledge 2016
It's back! #VintagePledge 2016 is a fact. I first encountered this challenge last year. The idea is simple: you set a goal for yourself and have the entire year to live up to it.
Last year I set my goal at making 3 vintage-/reproduction patterns or vintage inspired patterns. I barely was able to finish it! My initial goal, however, was to only make vintage or repro patterns. But throughout the year I adjusted it. So this year I got my gameplan better adjusted to what is possible and I feel better prepared for this challenge. Even better: I already started this challenge. My goal for 2016: 
My goal for 2016 is to make at least 3 different pieces of clothing out of 3 different vintage- or reproduction patterns.
This means that if a pattern includes a pant as well as a blouse, this only counts as one. However, if I use one pattern for a blouse and another for pants, this counts as two.
How about you guys? Want to join this challenge? Then go and have a quick look at A Stitching Odyssey! Share your projects on Social Media with #VintagePledge!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Looking back to the past

Do you know the feeling when you're thinking about something and it finally hits you? Well, that's the feeling I experienced today. Normally I'm not really one to dwell in the past, I'm more the kind of person that lives in the present but is longingly looking at the future. So it doesn't hurt to keep two feet on this planet and look back to the past to see what you've accomplished. To really realize it, not just know it. There is a difference. It's like that I know that my sewing skills have improved, but it wasn't until just know that I did realize it.

There is this Facebookgroup called We Sew Retro Sew & Tell, by the founders of We Sew Retro. The vision is a simple one: post your own Vintage and Retro (inspired) makes and people will comment on them. People also frequently ask questions to expand their knowledge. This time someone wanted to know why people draft there own patterns because she wanted to learn how to do it. I immediately thought of my wool winter skirt from last month. But then it hit me. 

I was telling myself a lie. Because when I first started to sew, I made a selfdrafted A-line skirt. Even better, I wrote a tuturial on how you could make one yourself. At the time, I was very pleased and proud that I drafted my very own pattern and I wore the skirt to bits. But today I can see the mistakes I made, not only in sewing, but also in drafting. The zipper was all wrong, the skirt didn't fit and kept crawling up. For a beginner however it was a really good starting point. Throughout the years and years of adapting printed patterns to my own measurements, I began to know how a pattern worked, what it meant if I tweaked this or that, ... Adapting a pattern is as much creating one as drafting a pattern. I would say drafting is the difficult part, but as I read the comments of people who draft and adapt their patterns, I came to realize that perhaps drafting is the easier part. It just depends on what you know, what you're comfortable with and whether you've done it before.

But back to where this is all about: below you'll find a picture of the A-line skirt from August 2010 and one from December 2015. (Gee, has it really been 5 years already? Time flies when you're having fun!).

A simple and beautiful A-line Skirt (only Dutch, never translated it)

A wool winterskirt

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Wool Winter Skirt

In my Sewing Spree last month, I also made a little winter skirt. One that I wore so often ever since I made it, that I didn't have time to photograph it. But I couldn't keep this little pearl from you! 

I made the pattern myself, after coming across this Pin on Pinterest. You do need a basic knowledge of adjusting patterns. If you are used to adjusting any pattern to your own measurement, I do believe that is all it takes. After all, that's all the experience I have and I was able to pull it off!

The skirt has deep pockets on both sides. A little to deep. That's something I'll need adjust next time. The zipper is just an ordinary zipper. The fabric doesn't cover the zipper in the picture, but that is because I didn't iron the skirt before photographing it.

This truly is a new wardrobe staple of mine. Next time I'll tweak it a little bit more: I'll raise it so it hits my natural waist and make the pockets a little shallower. I already chose the fabric: a nice checkered wool.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Social Media

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