Mad Men dress using Simplicity 5961

By on March 27, 2012

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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1960s | 1970s | Blouses

A vintage-style Colette Violet

By on January 17, 2012
Colette Violet

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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1950s | 1960s | Dresses

New Look 6000

By on January 8, 2012

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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Vintage Sewing

Retro-stylee Bright Eyes top

By on September 10, 2011

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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