Just in the nick of time, I'm proud to announce that I've successfully completed my 2015 Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge! Before I launch into some details, I wanted to remind you that there are still two days left (excluding today) to enter our end-of-year competition with awesome prizes up for grabs. In the meantime, Kerry and I are cooking up plans for #VintagePledge 2016, so watch this space!
I chose the rather beautiful Simplicity 4147 from my stash and paired it with this gorgeous rose-print jacquard from Weaver Dee, alongside some black taffeta. I wanted a perfectly festive dress and I got it...a bit too late for Christmas, but still in time for New Year's Eve!
Undeniably, the most stunning thing about this pattern is the bodice design. It's a tricky little mistress for sure, but well worth the effort in my opinion. I blogged about the interesting construction, but I must admit that I was lucky my choice of fabrics were a pleasure to work with, much to my surprise.
As with most vintage patterns, I had to do a fair bit of tweaking to get the fit right, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out! All in all, I had to shorten the bodice pieces by 2cm, pinch 2cm out of the front neckline, increase the back neckline dart, slim down the sleeves and shorten the skirt by 18cm.
The pattern came with instructions for a bow belt, but I decided it was high time to give Tilly's popular tutorial a whirl and I'm glad I did. It really does add a lovely finishing touch to the dress. There was no way I had the patience for hooks and eyes though, so I chose to fasten mine with a well-hidden button/buttonhole.
Did you join the #VintagePledge this year? The creations are simply phenomenal!
Are you up for some more #VintagePledge shenanigans in 2016?