Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Mojo Dress


2015 has not been very kind to me so far with sewing projects.  I had a string of sewing/shopping disasters, so I finally got fed up and took a break from anything costume-related for most of February.  But inspiration comes from the strangest places, and for me, it was seeing the horribly tacky 60's/70's clothes in the new Mad Men promo pics.  I know most people would run screaming from all that pastel, plaid, and big hair, but I love it like crazy!  It's hideous and glorious and it made me want to sew something RIGHT NOW, so yesterday I whipped up my own pastel plaid monstrosity to wear to a retro-themed bowling event today.  It felt great work on a no-stress dress for a change, and hopefully it will help me get my sewing mojo back on track again.

To make my dress, I used a very simple mail order jumper pattern from the late 60's or early 70's.  The fabric is vintage wool plaid that I found at an estate sale many years ago.  This is actually my second garment that uses this fabric - it also made an appearance in a pair of Victorian pants.  What can I say?  I LOVE crazy plaids!  The dress is finished off with a few vintage buttons that were given to me by my mother-in-law, but unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention and make the dress button on the wrong side.  Whoops!

I also used today's outing as an excuse to wear my Vintage Coat of Awesomeness.  That was another amazing estate sale discovery.  God, I love that coat!


So that's about it.  It was fun to make, fun to get dressed up, fun to do something different, and fun to indulge in my Mad Men obsession.  A perfect palate-cleanser project.





14 comments:

melissamary said...

You look absolutely lovely! I'm glad the sewing goddesses are being kind to you. I can't wait to see what you create next! <3

Cathy Raymond said...

It's so period! It's not my favorite period, mind you, but it's so period, like your other creations. I salute you!

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Loren Dearborn said...

You look totally mod girl! I love the hair and earrings too. I think you might need to buy some go-go boots for your next outing in it. ;)

Loren Dearborn said...

You look totally mod girl! I love the hair and earrings too. I think you might need to buy some go-go boots for your next outing in it. ;)

Draped in Cloudlets said...

This looks absolutely adorable! Love your big hair, also :-)

cathgrace said...

I love this like WOAH! you look perfect!

Josie Smith said...

I adore this outfit, we have a common love of plaid and "so horrid it's awesome!" Costume fun. I'm so glad you got to bowl and get in a joyful day of sewing. You remind me of photos of my mom from before I was born so I'd say you nailed the look! Very late 60's!

Cori Gagnier said...

That is too funny! I was born in the 60's and wore mini versions of your dress growing up. My mom loved to dress my older sister and I in matching outfits so I had the pleasure of wearing the same dress two years in a row. Those tacky plaids, you gotta love them!
Your mojo dress is perfection and your coat is gorgeous!

Siri Andersen said...

Love the dress, and your do is fabulous!!!

Black Tulip said...

Fabulous dress, it looks great on you.

OldFashionGirl said...

Super cute and fun!

ista said...

It's a great dress!

Eleonora Amalia said...

Gorgeous! And such a perfect updo!

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