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Hey everyone!

Us UK types are waiting with bated breath for the first screening of Mad Men tonight! I’ve joined in with Julia Bobbin’s most awesome challenge: To make a Mad Men dress, in honour of its return!

Mad Men dress challenge

I selected a Joanie dress (like about 80% of everyone doing the challenge!) and used Simplicity 5961.

I reduced the shoulder width by 3/4″ each side and reduced the bodice width by about 1/4″ to the waist area.I had bought ribbon for the trim but bias binding worked much better on the curves. I liked it so much – I stuck it on the sleeves as well!

If you have time pop on over to my blog for more silly pics and info :)

Just gonna mix myself a cocktail and settle in for the night!

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Hey everyone,

Hope the mid January blues aren’t spoiling your sewing mo-jos!

I decided to tackle the Colette Violet after seeing some great vintage-style versions around the blogosphere. The original fit was too loose for me so I took the side seams in and reduced the width across the shoulders for my version.

I used a vintage-style fabric from Walthamstow Market and vintage buttons. It’s some kind of weird 60s/70s mash up now but it works for me! For more pics and deets on how I adapted the pattern please just head on over to my blog.

Colette Violet

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Happy Sunday everyone

I’ve just finished New Look 6000 and the style reminded me so much of Joan Holloway from Mad Men I had to call it ‘The Holloway’, and have a bit of fun with the reveal pics. ;-)

The Holloway

Pattern review: New Look 6000 (View C with gathered waist)

Difficulty rating for me: 2.5/5

Skills learned: Adding a vent, adding a cuff with a kick, pleating, cutting on the bias. NOT a lapped zipper. Adding bias binding to finish the hem.

Will I make again? Hell yeah – love this 50s/60s style. It’s so flattering and grown up. Better get me some kind of serious job just so I can wear it to work now…

For more fun pics and detail about the dress please just head over to my blog at StitchandWitter.com.

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Hi everyone, I guess technically this isn’t a vintage sewing pattern but I hope it’s suitably retro looking to qualify! This is a top I made by copying a garment from Zara. I added a peter pan collar and used a gorgeous bunny fabric from Fabric Tales. I like how simple it is – but I’d love to extend it into a dress. Feel free to pop by my blog to read more about it at http://www.stitchandwitter.com

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