Birhday Bombshell

A little late to the party here, but this ensemble was my take on the I-Dream-Of-Tiki sew-along earlier this year – a 50s Shaheen-inspired dress and bolero, made for my 21st birthday!

Also check out my amazing birthday cake, courtesy of my talented grandmother!

The dress was made using patterns from Gertie’s books, altered to suit the design I had in mind. The bolero I made using a free pattern found online. I sewed the whole thing on my vintage singer 201P, using vintage techniques such as bias-bound edges and a waist-stay.

It came out even better than I’d hoped, the perfect outfit for a wonderful night! You can read more about the design process and construction, and see more photos here on my blog :)

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

Summer Whites – Butterick 5920


I was gifted with some vintage fabric this spring, so a fun project this summer was to engineer a way to squeeze a 1950s dress out of the minimal yardage! (and why are vintage fabrics soooo narrow??) I pulled out my trusty Butterick reprint 5920 and after playing a bit of pattern Tetris, I succeeded!


The finished product is perfect for sunny days- light in color so it doesn’t soak up extra heat, and covered on the neck and shoulders so I don’t have to worry about sunburn!


Stop by my blog Mode de Lis for more details and photos!


70’s Wrap dress

Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam

Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam

SO this was my first time sewing an actual vintage pattern. I totally get what all the fuss is about! The details on this pattern were just awesome! This was my contribution to my Maxi Dress Sew-Along and also my first time sewing linen. Lots of firsts, right?

And my first backless dress.

And my first backless dress.

I usually don’t go for the 70’s look, but I think that may be a mistake! This dress is super flatttering, and VERY comfortable. While this one is a bit of a fabric hog, it’s totally worth it. It took me a second to wrap my brain around sewing a backless dress, I kept looking for the rest of the bodice pieces. Buckle down and follow the instructions, though, and it’s a breeze. For full details, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

Butterick B5209 in Bare Nopal Gloom

Hi everyone! It’s been a loooooong time since I have posted on here.

I’ve recently started using way more commercial patterns instead of making my own like I used to when I more-frequently posted on here, but I wanted to show off my recent Butterick project! This is B5209 which is a reproduction pattern from 1947. I made it in an Art Gallery fabric, designed by Leah Duncan. It’s a very lightweight voile and was absolutely perfect for this dress!

I also usually do more 60s retro, but I couldn’t pass up making this one!





Butterick 6354 #RetroTikiCollab Project

Wow, didn’t Abi from the Crafty Pinup do an amazing job on her Bustier to Skirt Pattern Hack Gertie’s 6354 Butterick pattern as part of the #RetroTikiCollab project.

I was also lucky enough to be apart of the #RetroTikiCollab project along with d Abi from The Crafty PinupChristina fromGussets and Godets  and Bianca from Vintage on Tap.

Retro Tiki Collab Project

I’m thrilled to be apart of this project with such talented seamstresses.

For my take on this pattern was to rock the original, by making the pattern as directed.

This was the first time I worked with boning so I was a little nervous but think it all turned out well.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab

I’m really surprised how good this came out.

For this project I used a cotton navy blue fabric with a golden tropical flower print on it. Not necessarily  very tiki, but I had just enough fabric and I need more blue in my wardrobe.

The entire pattern only took a day and a half to put together, so I was quite pleased with the simplicity of this project.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab

The shorts and bustier is great for hot days

I wasn’t sure how much wear I would get out of this pattern, but since I’ve made it I’ve worn it a couple of times. This outfit is great for hot days, especially ones we’ve had recently that have hit a 100+.

I’m really glad to be apart of this #RetroTikiCollab project and had a lot of fun making this project. Also, as part of this project I decided to host a fabric giveaway.

Akram's Ideas: Fabric Give Away

Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Thursday August 11, 2016

The deadline for the giveaway is tonight (Thursday August 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CST) , so there’s still time to enter.

To enter this giveaway and to read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (



Butterick Patterns by Gerite B6354 – Bustier to Skirt Pattern Hack! #RetroTikiCollab

Hi everyone!

As promised, here’s the second part of my Butterick Patterns by Gerite B6354 – Bustier to Skirt Pattern Hack post! Part of the very exciting #RetroTikiCollab I’m participating in with fellow vintage style sewing bloggers. You can see the first part of this post HERE, all about my rather sassy Wanda Woodward style wearable toile.

But for my main post, this pattern just had to be tiki, so I went for it 100%! I picked up my Hawaiian style fabric a while back in my local Textile Express store in their bargain bin. At the time I had no idea what to use it for, I just knew I needed it. Then this collaboration appeared and it was meant to be….





For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!