Join #VintagePledge 2017!

Wowzers! How are we over halfway through March before I'm announcing this year's #VintagePledge?!? I'm returning solo for the fourth annual #VintagePledge in 2017, which has blossomed into more than I could ever have imagined thanks to the support of Kestrel Makes and your growing enthusiasm.

If you’re unfamiliar with the pledge, it all started in 2014 when I realised I was hoarding vintage patterns faster than I could sew them. To put things right, I invited you to join me in using vintage patterns more regularly and last year over 200 of you did so, sewing up nearly 400 makes between us! Those figures are double what they were in 2014, so I have high hopes for 2017!

For some serious inspiration check out the dedicated Pinterest boards for 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.


I'm scaling back a little this year due to conflicting demands, but rest assured that we'll still have a fabulous time during #VintagePledge 2017. I'm hoping to bring back #VPJuly with daily photo prompts on Instagram for the chance to win cool prizes - it was really fun last year! I’ll also be keeping the momentum going throughout the year with round-ups and highlights of your makes, so please use #VintagePledge across social media to make sure I don't miss you out.


Your pledge can be as specific or as flexible as you like, the only ‘rule’ is that you must use vintage or reproduction patterns. I'm afraid that contemporary vintage-style patterns don't count.

  • You can sew as many or as few items as you like. You may want to choose one or two if you're new to vintage and/or sewing, or create a whole vintage-inspired wardrobe
  • 1990s patterns are eligible for the pledge as they’re over 20 years old, which scarily makes them vintage by definition
  • As well as genuine vintage patterns, you can also use reproduction patterns
  • It's not just about dressmaking for you or the special people in your life (kids, partners, etc) - you can also join in if you like to sew accessories, toys, homeware and so on
  • Make the pledge your own - there are many ways to do this! You could pledge to use your first ever vintage pattern, sew up the oldest pattern from your stash, explore patterns from a particular decade or set yourself a numerical target
  • Knitters are welcome too - the same criteria applies
  • Use #VintagePledge when sharing projects across social media

As in previous years, I've set up a dedicated Pinterest board to show off your makes and inspire others.

  • If you’re on Pinterest, you can add your own makes to the board, but please stick to just one picture per project. To pin your own you need to first follow the dedicated board, then ask me for permission to pin by letting me know your Pinterest name - the name that displays at the top of your Pinterest page when you log in (usually your real name) and not the user name that appears as part of your Pinterest board’s URL
  • Alternatively, you can send me a link to a specific blog post (or photos if you don't have a blog) and I’ll pin them for you
  • To request permission to pin your own, to ask me to pin for you, or if you have any questions you can leave a comment on my blog, email me on astitchingodyssey[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk, or contact me on Twitter or Instagram - don’t forget to include #VintagePledge
MY #VintagePledge

During 2017, I, Marie Koupparis, pledge to sew at least one pattern in my stash from each of the following decades: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Are you in? If so, grab one of the buttons below and spread the word!

Happy vintage stitching!


  1. Hi Marie! I have a question: I've got a vintage drafting book (1969) with some pretty fabulous gems in the illustrations - would drafting and sewing up something from the book, even though it's not really a 'pattern' count for Vintage Pledge?

    1. Hey Kat! More than happy to make an exception for this! Welcome on board, I'm excited to see what you make :o)

  2. Excellent pledge, I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make! I'll have to think what to do for my pledge.

    Love the button - I take it Charlotte's been hard at work again?

    1. Yay! So happy you're thinking of joining in again :o) And yes, Charlotte is the creative genius behind the badge of course <3

  3. Yay! I love the badge :)

    I'm in, I'll blog my pledge in the next couple of weeks, and I've been sewing already...

    Please do add me to the pinterest board.

    Looking forward to seeing your makes xx

    1. So excited to have you on board again Angela, you're a force to be reckoned with! Just sent you an invite for Pinterest, so happy pinning/stitching :o)

  4. Count me in! I am just entering the final year of my PhD so I'll keep it simple... I, Porcelina, pledge to tackle 3 vintage patterns. Exciting! Please add me to the Pinterest board x

  5. yay, so glad this is back and have grabbed a button. Will be blogging in the next week what I'm going to pledge to make! I've definitely been thinking what to make this year already but I think a part of my pledge will be to finish of a bunch stuff I started last year, have a few dresses and shirts that need finishing.

    looking forward to seeing everyone's makes.

  6. Well, I'm in, although I'm not sure of what my pledge will be this time as I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself this year. I'll have to have a good think. Can't wait to see what everyone is doing! xx

  7. Hi! :) Great reminder that vintage knitting patterns are in as well. And I plan to do 2 knits from 1940s this year, and I pledge to sew at least one vintage pattern. :) matkailijakirppu

  8. I'm so happy you are able to bring back the vintage Pledge this year! Thank you for all that you do and to Charlotte for the beautiful button. I, Paula Haven, pledge to sew two vintage patterns from my existing collection.

  9. So excited to for this! This year I'm going to pledge to make 4 vintage patterns. Can't wait to get started ;)