Shirts

Colette Jasmine

By on August 8, 2012

I finally finished my Colette Jasmine shirt! I first put a much too heavy of a collar on the shirt and it looked just awful. I ended up picking it off and going to a much lighter nylon. I am happy I did, the look came out great. In this desert heat, this shirt is great to wear!

Next time I would make the collar a tad wider. Due to my football player shoulders the collar looks a bit small in contrast. The shirt looks great tucked in, untucked, with a skirt, or with pants.  I was a bit too fluffy to wear it tucked in on the shirts debut, so I wore it untucked with cigarette pants. More about it here.

 

Please ignore the goofy face, I had just finished a 9 hour drive!

 

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Modern Patterns

The ‘Modern Garden Party’ Dress

By on May 16, 2012

I made this dress about a week ago but wanted to share it with all of you.

I decided it was time to make my version of Lady Mary’s garden party/flower show dress from Downton Abbey.  I had the fabric and the inspiration, but just had to settle on the pattern and my final vision.  I wanted to do a modern take on the dress because I don’t wear things that are too heavily vintage.  They just don’t fit in with my own personal style and I wanted to be sure that I would wear it.  I played around with several pattern ideas until finally Colette announced her newest line of Spring/Summer patterns.  As soon as I saw the Hazel dress I knew exactly what I had to do.

So I set to making my own version.  A shorter dress to keep it modern and because I hardly wear long dresses with the California weather.  I very much live off of my Spring/Summer sewing as it easily shifts into something wearable for Fall.  Throw on a sweater and tights and you’re set for Winter too!  I added a bit of lace trim and vintage buttons to the neckline, so it was reminiscent of the original dress I was being inspired by.  And to create the effect of the darker band at the waistline, I made my own belt from a kit from a Fashionable Stitch.

I love how the dress turned out and I know it’s going to get a lot of wear!  More construction details and sources for my materials can be found on my blog, What’s Up, Cupcake?

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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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1940s | 1950s | Blouses | Modern Patterns

Sailor style

By on December 22, 2011

Alright, ok, you got me, it’s not retro…but I’m making it retro!

I have a little problem with sailor addiction everyone, yes, its true, I’m a nautical freak! I love that 50’s pin up aesthetic, the red and blue, the hats! I mean, who doesn’t want to look like this. I totally do!

My attempt was with Colette’s Jasmin pattern, not strictly sailor until I got my hands on it.

my attempt at a sailor salute!

Fine white wool with contrasting cuffs and collar in navy and white polka dot….hell yes!

More about it over here on my blog

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