Everything I Made During #VintagePledge 2016 (+ Giveaway!!)

My favorite vintage make this year... maybe. They're all my favorites!

Has it been another whole year of Vintage Pledge?? Here's an "in case you missed it" round up of allll the vintage and repro patterns I made this year--basically everything I sew! This is my second year doing this, and it was fun to look back at last year's list while formatting this one... Someday I'll have a whole stack of these to browse through!

psst: read to the very bottom for an end-of-year giveaway...

I started the vintage-sewing year in January by collaborating with Sarah from Style Sixties and Catherine from Sewing the 60s! We all made shift dresses with collars and cuffs--here is mine (Simplicity 7737, 1968), here is Sarah's, and here is Catherine's.

In February I went with a pink theme and made two Simplicity repro items: first, my hot pink bow coat (Simplicity 1197, originally c.1960s)! This was, I think, my favorite vintage make of the year. Every time I wear it I get compliments! I also made one of my most-worn items ever, a rose quartz rayon dress made with Simplicity 1059 (reprint, originally from 1969). I have worn it to weddings, parties, work, dinner dates... so many places that the rayon is beginning to get a bit ragged--I'll just have to make another!

March was all about crop tops--I made a sheer white cotton faux-crop top, then a tutorial so you could make one too! I also had the pleasure of making a sewing class for skillshare! In the class, you learn to make a gathered skirt, and I made a matching crop top for a two-piece dress look. I wore this outfit a ton this spring!

April and May were slow sewing months for me (as often happens before and during Me Made May, don't you find?) but I did manage a tutorial for a gathered wrap skirt!

I turned to my crop top pattern again in June for a tutorial on making it in lace!

July was a month-long celebration of Vintage Pledge over on Kestrel Makes and A Stitching Odyssey's blogs, and I was honored to be able to show off a fun eyelet dress (Simplicity 4475, c.1960s) in my favorite color...

...and also run a dress-a-long on the We All Sew blog as part of my Bernina Ambassadorship for which I made another Simplicity 4475 (c. 1960s), this version a seersucker dress perfect for the hot days of summer! I loooove this dress. Finally, I also got an interview with Deborah Kreiling, Simplicity's Design Development Creator, about their vintage re-releases! If you missed this, it's definitely worth a read.

I didn't do any vintage sewing in August (besides a retro-inspired longline Sophie bikini) but I made this leopard look in September--it is Simplicity 6820 (1966) and another frequently-worn make! And my my most frequently-made pattern, Simplicity 4475 (c. 1960s) makes a third appearance in two months. I could make 5 more next year and be totally fine.

October and November were once again low on retro and vintage patterns... I did, however, make a 70s-inspired pair of Birkin Flares and a 60s-inspired little jacket!

I closed the year out in December with another collaboration with a wonderful vintage blogger, Bianca from Vintage on Tap! We both made versions of Butterick 5603, a vintage reprint. (see hers here). I also squeezed in one last flippy dress before the new year, a second version of Simplicity 6820 (1966), this time in gorgeous floral rayon by Rifle Paper Co. and photographed with my pink coat... the year comes full circle.

I can't wait to see what next year holds... and don't forget--there's still time to add your garments to the official Vintage Pledge pinterest board!! (Rules and prizes and details here.)

And I promised a giveaway, didn't I? I set myself a goal last January to grow my blog, and with your help, I accomplished just that. I've had some wonderful opportunities in 2016 that I wouldn't have had without y'all's support. As a small thank you, one lucky reader will win $25 to Indiesew and $30 to Style Maker Fabrics--two independent, women-owned and operated businesses that I've had the pleasure of working with this past year. In addition, Michelle has offered all allie J. readers 10% off at Style Maker Fabrics with the coupon code SEWALLIE (good until January 15). Good luck!!

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ps: see last year's wrap up here, and i hope you'll stay for vintage sewing in the new year!

allie J.

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  1. Wow what a sewing year you have had. Congratulations Allie!

  2. You've got some really gorgeous makes there! Looking forward to seeing what you produce this year

    1. Thank you! I'm excited to get sewing in 2017!

  3. I would absolutely love to win this 😍



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