New Dress! Retro Butterick 5880!

Woohoo! I’ve got a new dress, and it’s gorgeous! In a continuation of my life being photographed in vintage and vintage-style dresses, here are the results of about 8 hours of sewing fun!

Here's the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy cotton fabric I found!

Here’s the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy blue cotton fabric I found!

As I’ve said, I love working with fun cotton fabric, because it tends to be less expensive and so easy to work with. This particular fabric was chosen due to the changing of the seasons. I thought it would be a lovely late winter/early spring print that would make the transition nicely. Also, I don’t have nearly enough blue things to wear!

Here's a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It's got two little "v"s to keep things interesting.

Here’s a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It’s got two little “v”s to keep things interesting.

It also works super well with my vintage blue starburst brooch! I did not plan this, however, one of the bursts in the fabric ended up in the perfect “brooch place” on the bodice! Splendid serendipity!

Here's the final product! Isn't it stunning?!

Here’s the final product! Isn’t it stunning?!

Another confession: The lovely swag across the front was *supposed* to be lined, and because I didn’t have quite enough fabric, I just hemmed the raw edge instead! It lies beautifully, however, since the fabric isn’t double-sided, I’ve got to be careful not to let the underside show. When I make another version (which I’d like to do immediately), I will probably choose a solid color, and add a contrasting fabric lining!

I'll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

Isn't he the cutest?!?!

Isn’t he the cutest?!?!

So, that’s the latest sewing project of mine! It was really special because it was my first dress at the smallest size I’ve ever sewn! I only made my standard adjustments to the waist (for petites) and the hem length (super petite!), and it fits so well! As many dresses as I’ve made, it still feels like a gamble with a new pattern, and I’m so glad this one is a success!

Are you working on a new dress pattern? What made you choose it? Which fabric(s) do you like working with?

Vintage Hat & Modeling Brunch 2.0

As promised, here’s a gorgeous sampling of my fabulous models in these dresses I made! These are some super great lookin’ ladies, and I’ve tried to match up the original pattern pictures to give y’all an idea of how amazing these dresses look IRL!

Vogue 8489 - So low cut you'll be embarrased all day at the office!

Vogue 8489 – So low-cut you’ll be self concious all day!

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Laura looked so super hot in this dress I made her take it home!

McCall's 6462 - This is SUCH a fun pattern! It's super fun, flattering and crazy simple to make!

McCall’s 6462 – This is SUCH a fun pattern! It’s super fun, flattering and crazy simple to make!

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I love this dress, and I totally added pockets! Not that anyone could look at the dress when Catherine’s making the best face ever.

Butterick 5748 - I LOVE this dress so much I made it twice! Once in lovely black linen (with bow, and pockets, obvs!) and once with a white eyelet!

Butterick 5748 – I LOVE this dress so much because it’s simple, doesn’t take a huge amount of fabric, and is super flattering. I made it twice!

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This is the first version, made of black linen, with bow and added pockets!

Version #2 - Fabulous white eyelet! It's fully lined, and so easy to accessorize!

Version #2 – Fabulous white eyelet! It’s fully lined, and so easy to accessorize!

Butterick 5603 - Fabulous retro reprint pattern that's got several choices for different bodice styles!

Butterick 5603 – Fabulous retro reprint pattern that’s got several choices for different bodice styles!

This is such a great pattern, and I adore the fabric! It looks like a 1960s wallpaper: buckin' broncos and all! It's also perfect with my red petticoat!

This is such a great pattern, and I adore the fabric! It looks like a 1960s wallpaper: buckin’ broncos and all! It’s also perfect with my red petticoat!

Vintage Vogue 2960 - Requires lots of fabric, like all Vogue patterns, but it's a lovely dress, and totally worth it!

Vintage Vogue 2960 – Requires lots of fabric, like all Vogue patterns, but it’s a lovely dress and totally worth it!

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I made this dress out of a pretty pink linen, added pockets, and closed the front opening, despite the button-closure, upon the advice of another seamstress who made the pattern first. Pro tip – if you can make a pattern after someone else, and they can help you at all, take any notes they have to offer.

Butterick 5247 - A really simple pattern that I made when I was still in my early learning stage!

Butterick 5247 – A really simple pattern that I made when I was still in my early learning stage!

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I chose the “tunic” option, and it was really simple, as well as flattering! I made it out of a silky fabric with a super bold pattern. Next time, there will be pockets!

Vogue 8409 - With some prompting by the fabulous Gertie, I made this dress as a simple sheath to accessorize and wear to work!

Vogue 8409 – With some prompting by the fabulous Gertie, I made this dress as a simple sheath to accessorize and wear to work!

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The final product is stunning! I chose a pink jersey that is heavy enough to go un-lined, and light enough to be worn in any season!

Vintage Vogue 8812 - An early 1940s pattern, this is a great simple summer dress!

Vintage Vogue 8812 – An early 1940s pattern, this is a great simple summer dress!

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I chose a fun green print, with dark green accent for this dress! The bodice is flattering, and the length could be reduced depending on how much summer fun you plan to have! Or, it could be made into a cocktail dress with a slinky fabric!

Vintage Vogue 1171 - A lovely early 1950s reprint pattern, it's simple, but can be made with so many different fabrics!

Vintage Vogue 1171 – A lovely early 1950s reprint pattern, it’s simple, but can be made with so many different fabrics!

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I made this dress specifically for the 4th of July! It’s got red buttons with little anchors on them! It’s also perfect for picnics!

Vintage Vogue 2787 - A Lovely pattern, easy to work with, but it still includes some unique details!

Vintage Vogue 2787 – A Lovely pattern, easy to work with, but it still includes some unique details!

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If you recall, I made this particular dress not too long ago! I had to make a couple of simple adjustments, but it was a great way to jump back into garment sewing after a post-holiday break.

Simplicity 5403 - Despite, or perhaps because this is a costume pattern, I love it dearly! It's a handy circular skirt pattern, and I've made it twice - so far!

Simplicity 5403 – Despite, or perhaps because this is a costume pattern, I love it dearly! It’s a handy circular skirt pattern, and I’ve made it twice – so far!

This, the first version, was made out of black and white Elvis fabric! It's glorious, and somehow subtle. The second version is less so, and made out of giraffe print! To be worn exclusively with wooden and ivory jewelry.

This, the first version, was made out of black and white Elvis fabric! It’s glorious, and somehow subtle. The second version is less so, and made out of giraffe print! To be worn exclusively with wooden and ivory jewelry.

McCall's 6083 - So, I tried the pink version of this pattern and it was not awesome, but clearly the "blue" version is WAY better!

McCall’s 6083 – So, I tried the pink version of this pattern and it was not awesome, but clearly the “blue” version is WAY better!

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Obvs Lora knows how to rock the hell out of a jumpsuit! I made this out of a silky fabric so it would drape more ’70s-like, and because I have like 20 yards of that fabric. (Always use what you’ve got!)

I am completely in love with every single lady in these photos!!! Thanks for making my dresses look so fantastic, and thanks again for coming out and modeling! And another big thank you to our photographer, Walter! We’ll do it again soon, I promise, and hopefully even more fab ladies will be able to make it. It’s a wonderful incentive to sew more, and I cannot wait!

Do you have a favorite pattern? What made you pick it? Is there one you’d like to make? One you’ve already made?

Fabulous Vintage Hat Brunch!

Thanks to a delightful selection of the gracious people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, I was recently able to host a super successful vintage hat/modeling brunch! It was not only totally fashionable, but also expertly recorded for posterity! Future generations, be aware that we were gorgeous and amazing.

First, we gathered in the “craft room” to evaluate the mountain of hats available:

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You can count on Lee to be contemplative regardless of how many faux flowers are on her head.

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It takes a unique lady to pull off this hat! Way to go, Nikki!

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A classic yellow suede hat! This one was a particular favorite!

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Looks great on everyone! Especially with Jill’s grey dress!

Britney's the cutest! LOVE this fur hat!

Brittany’s the cutest! LOVE this fur hat!

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Laura’s a smoldering temptress.

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Lee was the only one to pull off this enormous pink hat!

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Fun times with feathers!

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Do it! Put on that turban, Laura!

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The craziest of hats!

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Lovely pink picnic hat, Michelle!

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Fabulous lady captain!

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Lora’s not sure about this one.

No worries, ladies! Much like men, just because you try it on, doesn’t mean you’re required to keep it! (Or be photographed with it, for that matter.) So, here are the “official” photos of each lady with her favorite hats!

The fabulous Brittany:

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She’s so damn snazzy!

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Shades of Audrey Hepburn, am I right?!

The marvelous Michelle:

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I adore this hat! Michelle looks so fab in feathers and polka dots!

The endlessly effervescent Jill:

Rockin' the cloche!

Rockin’ the cloche!

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Really loving this bonkers beret!

The petite lady with tons of attitude, Catherine!

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Throwing shade in a classic black hat with funky feathers!

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Keeping warm with this amazing white fur hat!

My favorite duo, and their too-long-in-coming reunion – Laura and Nikki!

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Just two ladies musing together.

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Inspiration at last! *haughty, self-important laughter*

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She’s so provocative!

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I’m pretty sure no one is supposed to be this adorable.

This funky, fresh lady is not only gorgeous, but literally the coolest: Lora!

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Amazing combination of white tux coat and this straw hat with green feathers!

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Didn’t I say she’s the coolest?? Rock that hat, you mad woman!

Another of my favorite ladies, Lee’s doing everything best!

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So cute, yet elegant and approachable in pink and green!

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Not too approachable though. Don’t mess with women wearing bears on their heads.

Thank you again to everyone who came out and modeled for me! I’ll add the dress photos later this week, as they are equally amazing. Another big thank you to our photographer Walter (Wally) Rodriguez, who was gracious enough to brave a ladies’ brunch so I could have pictures taken with a real camera. (He also ate like 15 delicious cookies.) Clearly the combination of beautiful people and vintage hats is a win all around, so we’ll be doing this again soon, and I think a picnic is in order!

Which hat is your favorite? Why? Would you model vintage hats? Do you have a favorite style?

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

One of my favorite acresses, and a truly wonderful lady, she’s turning 92 today! A red letter day, too, because it’s Michelle Obama’s 50th! Another fab lady who’s aging gracefully, and has made quite an impact during her tenure as First Lady! As amazing as our current FLOTUS is, however, she is no Betty White!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

She started on the radio in the 1930s, and then proceeded to charm television audiences for decades! Her love of animals, and always perky, charming, slightly naughty attitude have endeared her into the hearts of the American public. The first woman to have her own tv show and to win an emmy, plus she’s been awarded (among the many others) the Screen Actors Guild Life Acheivement Award!

So sporty!

So sporty! Betty was rocking the monochrome and contrasting shoe look since the ’50s!

OMG, y'all. Seriously??? She's SO CUTE!

OMG, y’all. Seriously??? She’s SO CUTE!

Pretty sure no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower.

I’m absolutely certain no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower. I also adore her polka dot blouse!

Look at that dimple!!! She's literally the most adorable person ever.

Look at that dimple!!! She’s literally the most adorable person ever.

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

Again, the setting is fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

The settings fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

 

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

She even did guest appearances on Mama's Family!

She even did guest appearances on Mama’s Family!

Her start was really on the early TV game show circuit, where she met her late husband, Allen Ludden.

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

Obvs, I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls, and remain totally obsessed with all four fabulous ladies! Betty, as the last surviving member of this illustrious group, is definitely holding her own! She’s still on tv, was the oldest host of SNL, stars on both Hot in Cleveland, and the hilarious Off Their Rockers.

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

AREN'T THEY THE BEST?!?!

AREN’T THEY THE BEST?!?!

I could write about Betty forever, but since I’m going to see Elvis Lives tonight, this will have to do for the moment! Enjoy reading about this amazing lady, and being inspired this weekend by her many accomplishments and gorgeous/fantastic style!

Are you a Betty White fan? What’s your favorite character?? Who’s your favorite Golden Girl?

Golden Globes Frocks that Rocked!

Those of you who did not catch the 71st Annual HFP Golden Globes last night are likely being inundated with the results, flubs, and fashion today. While I do have intense opinions about some actors, hair and makeup, and the majesty that is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together on stage being amazing, I’ll keep most of those to myself, and comment purely on the fashion-y aspects of last night’s alcohol-soaked celebrations.

They are so fabulous in all the ways.

As much fun as it would’ve been to hang out with Amy and Tina all night, there were other stars to see, and each and every one of them looked gorgeous. Yes, there were definitely some ensembles I would not have chosen (for them or myself), however, these people are confident enough to appear on live, internationally-broadcast television wearing whatever they chose, so everyone deserves an A+ for bravery! That being said, there were some absolutely breathtaking gowns this year, so enjoy:

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses! They both looked incredible, stylish, and uniquely gorgeous!

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler! They both looked incredible, stylish, and totally unique in their elegance!

There were lots of black dresses, which is appropriate for a winter event, and each of them was lovely in a different way!

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Emma Roberts, wearing a vintage-inspired Rosemary Clooney throwback. LOVE this neckline!

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Jessica Chastain’s dress is gloriously beaded, with a corset-inspired bodice, and elegant sweetheart neckline.

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Julianna Margulies looking fabulous in her black and gold, with a plunging neckline for edgy-ness, and IT HAS POCKETS!

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Ok, some people are McHatin’ on Julia Roberts’ dress, and even though she has literally every choice in the world, this gown fits her nicely, and looks fabulous with her bouffant hair and makeup! Also, let’s face it, sometimes you don’t want to show off your arms, no matter who you are!

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LOVE THIS DRESS! Melissa McCarthy looks so simultaneously edgy and elegant! The collar is amazing, and I adore the beading! Fabulous dress on a fabulous lady!

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Sophia Vergara, always amazing, opted for black, with an serious bustier and statement necklace. It shows off her magnificent shape, while looking completely elegant.

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The incomperable Emma Thompson (while her shoes were still on) looks AMAZING! I love the lines of this dress; they are both slimming and elongating, and the material is so beautiful!

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It’s wonderful to see Elisabeth Moss looking so gorgeous! Her sheer, beaded gown is a piece of art, and her shoes are fabulous!

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress ever! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamour look, and it was perfect.

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress EVER! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamorous look, and it was perfect.

There were also lots of reds!

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Amy Adams was clearly recreating her American Hustle look, and accomplished it with absolute perfection. I love the contrasting reds, the fabric and the fit! Her hair and makeup are elegant and simple. She looks so lovely!

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Lupita Nyong’o chose this ravishing gown that is off the shoulder, and fitted, but not too tight, and the cape-y sleeves are WONDERFUL! She looks fantastic!

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Emma Watson is the coolest!!! She looks fantastic, and totally modern, but also chic and completely elegant! No idea how she does this, but I’m so glad we get to appreciate her!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is SMOKIN’ hot! She looks glorious, and her hair is pulled back in a beautiful ponytail, which makes the ensemble more playful.

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Modern Family‘s favorite “nerd” sister, Ariel Winter looks incredible!!! The color and draping of this gown is insanely flattering! It’s amazing/totally terrifying that she’s only 15!

A gaggle of silver and winter whites!

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Jennifer Lawrence looked elegant and edgy in her gathered gown, and completely badass hair!

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Kerry Washington glowed in her custom dress, and was totally adorable as always.

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Although we didn’t see much of her during the show, Michelle Dockery looked glorious! Her beaded gown is classic, and fits her like an elbow-length glove!

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Another “Downton” player, Laura Carmichael is rockin’ it! Lady Edith is, let’s face it, the worst, but this starlet looks fantastic!

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Robin Wright looks phenomenal! Her hair is completely awesome, her dress is gorgeous, and she looks super toned and confident!

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Naomi Watts wore a dress almost identical to Robin Wright’s, but her silvery sheath included some strategic cut-out patterning on the bodice!

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Rashida Jones managed to look completely incredible! I LOVE this dress, the beading and pattern are completely Hollywood-propriate, and her hair is perfect! Fun, flirty, West Coast elegance!

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Full disclosure: I have not seen (nor will see) Wolf of Wall Street, however, this emerging starlet, Margot Robbie looks gorgeous! Her dress is beautiful, with emerald and diamond beading, and her green shoes are icing on this delicious lady cake!

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One of my favorites from Game of Thrones, the dragon princess herself, Emilia Clarke looked gorgeous, as usual! Her dress is lovely, and looks like some kind of white dragon scales! Love the fit!

Also featured, bright colors, sequins and even more beads!

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I adore Sandra Bullock’s dress! The fabric, fit and colors are gorgeous! I love the contrasting lining!!! Also one with sneaky side pockets! She looks so elegant in this fun mix of classic and modern!

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Well hello, Reese Witherspoon, you look FANTASTIC!!! This is a simple gown that is unbelievably flattering, the color is gorgeous, and her hair makes it a fabulous look all around!

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Looking a bit sad and uncomfortable, Lena Dunham went for a daring dress in an even more daring color, and it is an absolute win!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded gown!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded, Art Deco-inspired gown! It’s unusual, daring and fits her curves so well!

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Olivia Wilde is learning everyone about looking great all the time, no matter what, always.

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This gorgeous lady, Taylor Schilling, looks elegant in a dress that few could pull off at all. The color is great for her, and she looks so glamorous!

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Helen Mirren, my hero, and the woman I want to be when I grow up, also taking ravishing to a new level in a green beaded gown. Seriously, no one else could do this, but she looks amazing!

Not only were the Globes rife with laughs this year (even a magnificent vagina joke!), but these gowns are also fabulous inspiration! They were all so exquisitely made with such gorgeous material, it’s delightful to see the stylistic choices, and imagine even more possibilities. There were so many more dresses to feature, but these are some of my absolute favorites. (Check out some vintage faves, too!) Usually, I don’t go in for award shows, however, the combination of incredible hosts and fabulous fashion was impossible to turn down, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching!

Do you watch award shows? Did you catch the Golden Globes this year? If so, which dress was your favorite, and why?

Vintage Vogue 1940s Scissors Dress!

It has been too long since I sewed a dress! My patchwork Sally dress for Halloween took an enormous amount of effort, and then the holidays happened, so recently I decided to remedy this by making a simple pattern with a fun print!

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Vintage Vogue Pattern #2787! I found this great red/black scissor fabric on sale at Hancock’s and couldn’t pass it up!

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn't an impossible dream.

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn’t an impossible dream.

I have an armoire full of fabrics, but most of them are either insanely fancy (dupioni silks, and the like), or inappropriate for the season. So, in an effort to ease back into sewing clothing, I knew I would need a straightforward pattern, but not one I’d sewn before (there’s no adventure in that!), and fabric that’s not difficult to work with. This, to me, usually means cotton, because it tends to be inexpensive and/or on sale, plus the prints are fun and the fabric is super cooperative/non-stretchy.

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This is my final product! Although you can’t see it, there’s a closure in the black I framed with eight black jet buttons! It’s pretty darn cute!

As a general petite-person rule, I shortened the hemline by (an insane) 8 inches! Since this is a 1940s pattern, fashions dictated longer hemlines, however, as you can tell, it still comes to my knees. If you are on any kind of budget, make sure you have a working idea of where you prefer your hemline. (You’ll save enormous amounts of time, money and fabric this way!) If I hadn’t removed the extra length before cutting out my pattern pieces, I would have needed an additional yard of fabric! As it was, I managed to make this dress using only three yards (sans the suggested shoulder pads), and it is completely appropriate for work, or as a vintage-style cocktail dress!

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I opted for knee-high, black suede boots, and victory rolls to really punch up the 40s glam!

This pattern was definitely simple to sew, and although I did need to make some adjustments, they were all completely doable with a minimal amount of seam ripping! For my figure, that included taking larger darts (front and back), amending the curved front seam, as well as taking in the side seams between the sleeves and hips. All of these changes were made due to my “hourglass” shape, which requires making a larger size to accommodate my bust/hips and then making the necessary changes through the waist and shoulders.

So many curves!

So many curves!

Not only did I manage to create this dress with slightly less than the suggested yardage, but I have enough left over to make a matching hat! (When I do, no worries, I will absolutely post the final results/fab ensemble!) During one of my estate sale excursions I found, and immediately purchased, an un-covered hat form. It just so happens to be a lovely 40s-style, wide brim just aching to be covered in scissor fabric, with a contrasting black under-brim and ribbon! Also, I’m officially on the lookout for antique and/or vintage tiny scissors to help create the feathered accent piece! (It will double as a brooch for those rare occasions that aren’t hat-propriate.) If you see some, let me know!

Brimming with possibilities, isn't it??

Just brimming with possibilities, isn’t it?? (Ha!)

The brim is so perfect! It's off-center, so it is supposed to be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

It is so perfect! It’s set off-center so it can be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

For those rare occasions not requiring a hat, a fabulous 1940s inspired hairdo will definitely be an acceptable substitute! I know there are lots of tutorials, inspiration, and celebrity throwback styles to choose from! Some of these styles are easy to reproduce at home with some hot rollers and bobby pins, but obviously there are others that require finesse, four arms and extra eyes, so maybe go to a stylist. Here’s some vintage hair inspiration to help you decide!

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Betty Grable looking stunning in victory rolls that are glossy perfection! Don’t be fooled, during the process there’s a lot of teasing. It’s only smooth on the top!

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Rita Hayworth has iconic hair, and you can absolutely recreate that gorgeous wave! Even with shorter hair, just use smaller curlers!

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Veronica Lake created a sly, sexy persona with her deep part and lovely wave curls! Again, grab those curlers and this one’s an instant success!

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Diane Kruger’s modern interpretation, complete with beautiful flower fascinator, proves that a vintage style can be done with fine hair and still look stunning!

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Last, but never least, the fabulously coiffed Dita von Teese in all her 1940s glory! Everything about her is flawless.

See?? You could absolutely do that! If I can pull together a couple of victory rolls before 9:00AM with my unwashed, super fine hair, you too can recreate a glamorous vintage-inspired look! Besides, once you invest in a set of hot rollers (I bought these several years ago for $15 at Walgreens!), you can create almost any 40s-60s hairstyles. It all comes down to effort, brushing, and maybe some teasing. It’ll all be worth it when you look amazing and feel super confident! So, if you’ve got fun plans this weekend, try out a retro outfit and/or hairstyle and enjoy the compliments!

Do you wear vintage and/or vintage-style clothes from the 40s? What about hairstyles? Would you pair a vintage hairstyle with a modern/trendy look? Why or why not?

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

On this day, January 8th, 1935, a poor little baby child was born in the ghetto of Tupelo, Mississippi. That child, Elvis Aaron Presley, grew up influenced by gospel and country songs, and eventually changed rock n’ roll music forever.

Happy birthday, you crazy, hip swingin' rock n' roll vagabond!

Happy birthday, you crazy, gorgeous, sultry, hip swingin’ rock n’ roll vagabond!

As I have mentioned, I super LOVE Elvis. His voice, and animal magnetism made him an incredible performer, and his unique style resonated with millions of people all over the world, not only his generation, but their children and grandchildren! I think it was his bold, totally unapologetic outrageous-ness that made him a mega-star. He was so completely confident in his vocals, costumes and persona, he still draws people in years after his death.

Look at this cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on tv) before Elvis.

Look at this hep cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on TV) before Elvis.

During my brief time at Graceland, I was fortunate enough to see some of his amazing jumpsuit/costumes in person! They are masterpieces of craftsmanship, and quite impressive in their own right, with or without an Elvis in them!

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The entire former racquetball court is now filled with awards and jumpsuits! It’s incredible.

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SO MANY SEQUINS! Also awards. You should know, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Up close they’re amazing! (They also weigh like 50 pounds each.) How many dudes can pull off a TIGER JUMPSUIT?!?! He was so great, y’all.

As a seamstress, and a lover of vintage things, it’s completely understandable that I am all about Elvis. He was an incredible showman, and continues to live as an enduring piece of the “classic” rock era. He also sings like a sexy angel, and was kind of a badass. I love a good theme, especially for Christmas time, so a couple of years ago I did an “Elvis Christmas!”

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The whole tree! Simple, but pretty! I did a silver and blue theme to support my awesome EPE-certified ornaments!

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Sexy blue jumpsuit!

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Amazing gold and purple! Look at those ‘burns! You can really feel the heat.

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So jovial with his guitar!

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PRETTY SURE I SAW THIS ONE AT GRACELAND!

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I bought this yard of fabric that was specifically an Elvis tree skirt!!! It also made two round ornaments!

A couple of years later, I was given another AMAZING piece of cross-cultural Elvis paraphernalia!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too! I did a gold and white tree that year to match!

As you can probably tell, Elvis Presley continues to fascinate and delight, not only little ol’ me, but folks all over the world! His lasting legacy has endured because he was outlandish, original, sexy, talented, and a dedicated performer. His career included stints as a musician, singer, soldier, and actor. My favorite is Blue Hawaii!

It's so silly, but it's set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury's in it!

It’s so silly, but it’s set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury’s in it!

Although he was not a perfect man, he was an amazing talent, and remains an enduring icon of the 20th century. For his voice, his music, his performances, his sex appeal, and his over-the-top taste, I say: Thank you, sir, and I wish you a very happy birthday!

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you been to Graceland?? Would you like to go someday? Which Elvis hit is your favorite??