For Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge I used vintage Simplicity 8722.  My inspiration was a dress Megan wore in Season 5.

I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out.  I used some type of cotton blend (it has a slight stretch) from Joann’s.  I decided to omit the sleeves.  My favorite detail of course is the keyhole opening!

If you would like to see more details/pictures of the dress and read my funny take on Mad Men visit my blog here.




I used retro Simplicity 4044 pattern to create these 1940′s style pants.  The fabric is a wool suiting.  I absolutely adore the front pleats.  The construction was fairly simple with only 4 pieces and can be completed in a day.  If you love 40′s style I highly recommend this pattern.  The only alterations I made were to reduce the width a bit by bringing in the inseam a half inch on each side.  Read all about them on my blog!

Retro Simplicity 4044




I wanted to share Gertie’s Portrait Blouse from her book Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing.  I can’t stress enough how awesome this book is! Tons of vintage patterns and techniques. Run out and get it now!!


Gertie's portrait blouse


I found this fabric on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I think it goes with this pattern pretty well.  The blouse has bust darts,  front and back tucks and a handpicked lapped zipper.  Let’s not kid here, I’m lazy and used a invisible zipper instead.


Gertie's portrait blouse

You can see more pics and read all the details on my blog post.

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I recently finished Colette’s Peony and I love the vintage vibe this dress has.

I always love it when I put on a dress and my husband says. “Where you going to wear that?”  I say, “Work, why? Is it not work attire?” He says, “Well yeah, you just looked like you stepped out of the 50′s though.”  Mission accomplished!

I added a peter pan collar to this which probably adds to the 50′ish vibe.  I used Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing to draft my own.  Gertie’s book is just awesome!  Get it if you haven’t already!  Check out all the dress details and more pictures on my blog.