It's turning out to be a heck of a year for vintage sewing lovers, dontcha think? As well as the extravaganza Kerry and I have planned for our year-long #VintagePledge, there are a couple of other exciting initiatives that you may or may not know about...

Frankly, I'll be a little surprised if you haven't heard about Butterick's BIG Vintage Sew-along, but I've been meaning to shine a well-deserved light on it for a while! You have until October to take part, by sewing up your favourite pattern from a specially and beautifully curated selection spanning from the 1930s to the 1960s. Apart from the selfish fun to be had, the best thing is that funds raised go to The Eve Appeal charity which strives for the better detection and prevention of women's cancers. 

There's a comprehensive roundup over on The Foldline, featuring the full pattern selection and outlining ways in which you can get involved through social media. I'm joining a number of bloggers in sewing along, so look out for my make on 8 July!

The other really cool initiative is the Vintage Suit Sew-along, hosted by Mermaid's Purse and Chica Chica Boom Chic. April has been about sharing inspiration, in May the duo will share tips on muslins and fit, and then June is for sewing up and sharing your suits. 

Although my lifestyle doesn't really call for a sophisticated suit, I can't help but get all wistful when I browse the sew-along's sublime Pinterest board. Aren't the pins to die for?!?

The closest pattern I have to a suit is this McCall 1940s jacket, whose scalloped view I've had cut out as a muslin for years. I'm seriously considering plucking up the courage to give it a go thanks to Angela and Amy's virtual kick up the butt! Are you tempted to join them in sewing your dream vintage-inspired suit?

Do you know of any other vintage sewing initiatives this year that I should be aware of? I'd love to hear about them!

Hello friends, it's been a while! I first want to thank you for your kind and comforting messages about my grandfather's passing...they mean an awful lot to me.

But on a brighter note today, let's talk about the #VintagePledge EXTRAVAGANZA that Kerry and I have planned for July. It includes a jam-packed schedule of guest blogs from fellow Vintage Pledgers, as well as daily photo prompts and awesome prizes on Instagram!!!

July Contributors

Friday 1 July - Introduction - A Stitching Odyssey & Kestrel Makes
Saturday 2 JulyJet Set Sewing - A Stitching Odyssey
Sunday 3 JulyMy Happy Sewing Place - Kestrel Makes
Monday 4 JulyGussets & Godets - A Stitching Odyssey
Tuesday 5 JulyMichelle, ma belle...tres bien ensemble - Kestrel Makes
Wednesday 6 JulyHandmade Jane - A Stitching Odyssey
Thursday 7 JulyNicole Needles - Kestrel Makes
Friday 8 JulyA Stitching Odyssey #bvsewalong - A Stitching Odyssey
Saturday 9 JulyModern Vintage Cupcakes - Kestrel Makes
Sunday 10 July Lady Sewalot - A Stitching Odyssey
Monday 11 JulyBeyond Measure - Kestrel Makes
Tuesday 12 JulyUntangling Knots - A Stitching Odyssey
Wednesday 13 JulyHandmade By Heather B - Kestrel Makes
Thursday 14 JulyElena Knits - A Stitching Odyssey
Friday 15 JulyKestrel Makes #bvsewalong - Kestrel Makes
Saturday 16 JulyBlack Tulip - A Stitching Odyssey
Sunday 17 JulySewin' in the Rain - Kestrel Makes
Monday 18 JulyFadanista - A Stitching Odyssey
Tuesday 19 JulyMermaid's Purse - Kestrel Makes
Wednesday 20 JulyI Want to be a Turtle - A Stitching Odyssey
Thursday 21 July Lavender & Twill - Kestrel Makes
Friday 22 JulyMiss Kacy Sews - A Stitching Odyssey
Saturday 23 JulyBetty Stitchup - Kestrel Makes
Sunday 24 JulyUp Sew Late - A Stitching Odyssey
Monday 25 JulyVery Kerry Berry - Kestrel Makes
Tuesday 26 JulyThree Stories High - A Stitching Odyssey
Wednesday 27 JulyAllie J. - Kestrel Makes
Thursday 28 JulyPetit Main Sauvage - A Stitching Odyssey
Friday 29 JulyThe Vintage Knitter - Kestrel Makes
Saturday 30 JulyBy Gum, By Golly - A Stitching Odyssey
Sunday 31 JulyThe Story Sew Far - Kestrel Makes / Seamstress Erin - A Stitching Odyssey

#VintagePledge Sponsors

We'll be releasing details of our Instagram activity and specific prizes nearer the time, but I can tell you which generous sponsors have already pledged their support. Without these guys #VinatgePledge wouldn't be half as fun, and the good news is, we have even more sponsors and prizes in the pipeline for July and for our end-of-year competition!

That's a pretty cool line-up of guest bloggers and sponsors, don't you think? I hope you're excited as we are!!!

Don't forget that you can sign up to #VintagePledge at any point in the year. Make the pledge your own and join us for as much or as little of the activity as you like. And you can always stay motivated and inspired by following our dedicated #VintagePledge Pinterest board - details of how to become a pinner here.

That's it for now, but have a stitchin' weekend all!