Friday, April 12, 2013


Hello friends!  I hope everyone had a great week. I've got some updates from my sewing room to share with you.

  • Up first, I've finished my Mad Men dress! It's not the most beautiful thing I've ever sewn, but it was fun to sew along with the Mad Men theme. I'll have a full post and more photos very soon!

  • I've also picked up an early 1960s dress and some vintage zippers in my recent antique store and thrifting adventures. Please excuse the horribly lit, tiny photos.

new vintage dress

cute floral print on dress fabric

vintage zippers picked up at Goodwill


I, Sue of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one me-made, refashioned, or (if I'm really stuck) vintage garment each day for the duration of May 2013.

This is my first time participating in the challenge, so to kind of ease into it, I gave myself the option to wear something vintage if I've run out of pieces I've sewn or refashioned myself. I'm also not restricting myself to "no repeats." Baby steps. :)

  • So, my last post was all bout finding the perfect floral fabric of my dreams. 

You guys gave me some really great suggestions and links to beautiful fabrics to help me along. In the end, I gave up on having the exact fabric content I wanted, and compromised my nice, rayon hopes and dreams for a very pretty floral cotton fabric. Is it quilting cotton weight? Basically. Do I care? Not really - I'm over it now. I searched high and low for something more drapey or flowy, and couldn't find any non-cotton fabric I liked anywhere near as much as the original dress fabric. So it goes, I suppose.

Here's what I pulled the trigger on:

Lamda~Mu recommended it to me in the comments section, and linked to it here.  I found it for sale on Etsy and bought a couple yards so I can try my hand at making my own floral dress, inspired by the one I loved at Modcloth.

Okay, those are all of the updates I've got for today! Stay tuned for more details on my Mad Men dress in the next few days.


  1. I'm glad you found a fabric even though it is not the rayon you were looking for. I wish you could come to my fabric store! Like I said before, I am pretty sure they have the exact same pattern as the one you were originally looking for!

    1. Blerg, I wish I could come to your fabric store TOO!

  2. That fabric is fab and a great substitute!

    Bundana @

  3. So glad to see you found a close-match to that wonderful floral fabric. It's going to be gorgeous!
    Love the bow on the green Mad Men dress - looking forward to seeing you in it!

  4. The green dress looks adorable. The bow came out great!

  5. Oh wow, that green dress is to die for!!! Can't wait to see you in it!

  6. Love the green dress! That bow is perfection :)

  7. The green dress looks gorgeous!!


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