April Vintage Pattern Giveaway

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Up for grabs this month is this vintage late 60s/early 70s spring dress featuring long bell sleeves (or short variation). It’s suitable for knits, it’s a very easy, very vogue pattern in four pieces so won’t take long to make up at all, perfect for the spring days ahead. It’s a 38 Bust.

If you’d like to enter comment on this blogbelow

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Visit my facebook page like and comment on the post related to this blog:

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or visit my twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet:

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If you do all three you’ll get three entries.

I’ll pick a winner on 30th April.

Good luck!

Mad Men: Series 7 Episode 1 – Style File

Mad Men kicked off in the UK on Wed and I wasn’t disappointed, great opening episode to the final series and I honestly have no clue where it’s going to end for some of my favourite characters but I am sure it’s not going to be the happy ending we’d all love for some of the biggest, and most flawed, of the Mad Men cast.

On a brighter note (and to avoid any spoilers for those who haven’t watched it) here are some of my favourite outfits for Wednesday night’s show.

Dawn:

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Joan:

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Joan & Clara:

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Joan:

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Margaret:

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Megan:

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Neve Campbell’s Cameo appearance:

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Peggy:

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Peggy & Shirley:

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Peggy:

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Shirley:

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I absolutely LOVE Dawn’s dress and jacket combo and as always I am drooling over Joan (and her massive bell sleeves). Best of all I have a few patterns that are carbon copies or easily adaptable to make a few of the above outfits of my own. Two days is too long to wait for episode 2!

Mad Men Inspiration

The final season on Mad Men is almost upon us, the UK air date is tomorrow and I’m equally excited and sad, it’s bittersweet to know it won’t be gracing our screens after these final few episodes play out.

To say Mad Men has been a great influence on the patterns I pick and fabrics I choose would be an understatement.  I have always loved vintage fashions but being a (now retired) burlesque performer meant that I was more inclined to dress 50s/rockabilly than anything else. After a while it lost its appeal, dressing up in that way for a second job meant that it felt more like putting a uniform on than wearing 50s fashions for fun.

So when I discovered Mad Men, and devoured the first three seasons in a matter of weeks, I found something I loved much more than the Jessica Rabbit style 50s attire that a lot of burlesque performers wear the late 50s/early 60s look that I adore; classy enough for work, sassy enough for a night out.

I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise when I say Joan is my absolute favourite style wise; whenever I look at a pattern I often think WWJD? I like the use of block bold colours that they use in her wardrobe with little feminine touches along the way to soften the structured almost armour like shapes of her clothing.

So where to start when you’re thinking about creating a Mad Man inspired outfit? Gathering images is the best way to start. I set up a pinterest board a while ago where I collect Mad Men stills or Mad Men inspired images which I like the look of.

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I then source vintage patterns from Etsy, Ebay and various other online places checking them against the images to see if they can be adapted and styled into an outfit from the stills, or I find patterns that are of a similar ilk to the show’s costuming and I find material that fits in with the period and put something together that even if it wasn’t actually on the show it certainly could be.

Some of the Mad Men inspired garments I have made are listed in my previous posts, but here are a few snapshots:

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This is my most recent and my own take on Joanie’s green blouse:


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So put your feet up, tune into Sky Atlantic and enjoy the feast for your eyes that is the final season of Mad Men, and remember, even thought it may be finishing your sewing adventures are not! I can’t wait to see what gorgeous garments there are to drool over.

Wee Little Stitches: Dumbledore

If you haven’t seen the lovely designs from Wee Little Stitches where have you been? The’re a perfect mix of geek and cross stitch and I absolutely adore them.

When I found out my friend was expecting and I saw their fantastic Dumbledore pattern I just knew I had to make it as a present. Harry Potter is something that is very close to both of us and we have shared experiences of, we lived together for a while and we queued up to get our books at the midnight openings in Waterstones then raced to finsih them at home.

I think the quote says it all really. Congratulations Gillibrands can’t wait til your over from Aus so I can meet the ankle-biter, massive loves and fan hands 😀

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Dumbledore big close up

 

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Sneak Peek at what I’ve been sewing

I know, no posts for a week BUT I have been making progress with some Gertie pedal pushers in 3 different ways (2 done, 1 to go), then I was a little bit poorly and this weekend I was in London an got home super late last night.

Perfect excuse to show my Gertie’s off in the Natural History Museum on Saturday, here I am just chillin’

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More to come soon! 😀