1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired

Another Megan Draper inspired dress

By on April 28, 2014


Last year I made a dress inspired by Megan Draper from Mad Men and this year I did the same. What can I say, I think she’s awesome! 🙂

I used fabric from Mood and the Colette Patterns Laurel dress pattern with the bell sleeves. The construction for Laurel is so straightforward and great for those days when you want a dress by the end of the day. It’s my third version and has become a TNT pattern in my sewing life. It’s also cool because it’s a good base for making adjustments or additions to end up with a different look. I chose to do a simpler version because my fabric choice is so wild! For more photos please check out my newly revamped blog.

Happy Monday! xo

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1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired

A Megan Draper inspired dress

By on April 23, 2013

For Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge I sewed up this Elisalex dress in a canvas like woven fabric I bought from Mood. While the fabric and pattern are not vintage, I think that the combination of the two gives a look that Megan Draper would possibly wear during this season of Mad Men. Paired with my Elladolce earrings I almost feel like Megan 😉

I think this dress holds the record for the most time I have spent on a garment. I traced the pattern, sewed a muslin, retraced the pattern (went down a size from the original muslin, did a FBA, went in an additional size at the shoulders), made another muslin, and then got started on the final dress. While the fit is still not perfect (will it ever be?) I am still pretty happy that I corrected the initial problems with the baggy shoulders, tight bust, and baggy front. Doing a FBA made such a huge difference, but man, it was NOT fun making the changes for a princess seam bodice. Thank you to those of you that helped me with my fit issues!

For more photos please check out the post on my blog.

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1960s | Dresses

Burdastyle Shift Dress

By on February 1, 2013

Hello! My first make of the year is a shift dress from the new Burdastyle book, Sewing Vintage Modern. It was a quick dress to make as there are only four pattern pieces and the directions are very straight forward. I simplified the pattern even more by omitting the zipper which saved time. The fabric is a mystery fabric (aka I don’t know what it is) that has some stretch to it, which is probably why the dress can fit over my huge head 😉

If you would like to read more or hear about the inspiration behind my dress, please check out my blog. Happy weekend!

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Dresses

Truffle muslin

By on April 6, 2012

Hi everyone! For Sew Colette last month the project was sewing up the Truffle dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook. I made a wearable muslin with this fun sixties fabric. I am so happy with how it turned out! It was my first time making a wearable muslin and my first time sewing with a stretchy fabric. The fit turned out so well that I didn’t have to make any adjustments, yes! 🙂 Here is a link to my muslin post and here is a link to the second/final version of the Truffle.

Have any of you sewn this dress? I love it, I plan to make it again in the future.

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1940s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

1940s slip

By on December 15, 2011

Hello! I am Erin and I blog over at Miss Crayola Creepy. I followed a sewalong for this slip and I am happy to say that this was the first sewalong I have successfully completed! It was for the 1940s slip pictured above.

I used a red cotton for the top portion and a blue with red polka dot flannel for the bottom portion. It’s really warm! Please forgive me, the nightgown looks crooked in this photo, but I just hung it at a weird angle. Oops.

The back darts that you can barely see with all the wrinkles.

 

Of course I couldn’t have done it without my sewing assistant, Stella! For more photos of my sewing (and cats!) please stop by my blog.

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Capes

Capelet

By on November 3, 2011


I finally finished the capelet I was working on! Sorry about all the keys in the background. My husband and I own a locksmith shop and I decided to take my photos at work 🙂

I used the pattern by Meg Allan Cole from this book to make the Rockin’ Retro Capelet. The second I saw the pattern I had to buy the book immediately!

I like the pattern, it was easy to sew for someone new to sewing like me, and there were only a few pieces. I used the fabric that I bought from my trip to Mood and I feel like it was the perfect choice! I bought the pink lining fabric locally. The pattern actually didn’t require a lining, but I like the color combination and feel, so I am glad I included it.

If you would like to see more photos please visit my blog.

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