Mad Men Inspired

 

So, I found this amazing pattern for a smoking jacket from 1951, Butterick 1769. Despite being neither a smoker nor an idle rich guy from a Hollywood melodrama, my Husband decided he needed one in classic satin and quilted velvet. He accompanied me to the fabric store on a Saturday (an event never to be repeated), where he picked out this gorgeous Asian style brocade. We splurged and bought the fancy dress velvet to do the collar and cuffs. I made up a muslin sample, which actually fit him pretty good. I just needed to shorten the sleeves and he decided he would prefer a belt to buttons, so I drafted one. This is where the fun ensued. Slick satin just refuses to be sewn, especially when you are trying to meaningfully join it to any type of napped fabric. Sheer hell. Puckering. I ended up using tissue paper between the layers, which helped some, but not enough. I had to hand baste the batting to the velvet to do the quilting, which took forever and isn’t totally even. The piping was a pain, and in retrospect I should have used a finer weight cording. To top it off, I forgot to cut the back pleat into the lining, which I didn’t discover until I handed the jacket to my Husband to try on. I had to buy more fabric to recut it. Despite the hellacious and neverending trouble this pattern gave me, I still think it turned out pretty good. My Husband likes to strut around the house with a martini while wearing it, so mission accomplished. The moral of the story is that choice of fabric and finish details can make a BIG difference in your work load!

 

 

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It has been quite a long time since I have made a post here. I haven’t been doing a lot a of sewing lately due to a back injury I have been dealing with. The lovely Heapha made a post showing off her vintage inspired Avengers costume, which has inspired me to make a post about my own vintage take on a Marvel character.

I have been a huge fan of the X-Men since I was a little girl. Rogue is my favorite character, so when I decided to go to Comic Con St. Louis last spring I knew I wanted to pay homage to her. I didn’t want to do anything traditional, so I decided to put a vintage 1960′s twist on my outfit. I used The Wiggle Dress pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. It went together very smoothly for what little time I had to finish it. I finished both my dress and my boyfriend’s Spider-Man motorcycle style jacket at around 2 am the day of the convention. After seeing photos I wish I would have spent some time on ironing my dress a bit more. I got lots of super amazing compliments from people, which was super exciting. The best part though was getting to meet Stan Lee, one of my heroes while wearing this costume.

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

This is my newest make, the Stepford Wife does Christmas Dress. This dress is actually the result of one of those rare ‘happy’ sewing mistakes that apparently do pop up on occasion (who knew!).

 

This dress started out originally as a plain red Anna dress, number one on my Summer Sewing List. The bodice came out beautifully, with absolutely no adjustments needed. In fact, I may have squealed when I tried it on because this bodice is so darn flattering!!

The skirt on me unfortunately, was another matter entirely…

 

For more details, head on over to my blog!

And I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas :) I hope you all get to spend some quality time with your loved ones (and your sewing machines, which probably count as loved ones right?).

xx
Jen

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Hi all!

I just wanted to share a dress that I made over a year ago! I’ve been wearing it a lot lately since I have to wear all black to work. My only regret is not making the matching bolero and cummerbund. One day!

I used Simplicity 2955 from 1955 and used a linen mix for the fabric. I love the feel of the fabric, but it does wrinkle a lot!

Here’s the dress!

For more pictures from my Mad Men inspired shoot, check out my blog!

Until next time!

-Allie

 

 

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