My Bigmama, a New Look revisited, and my Mad Men obsession continues…..

Good evening all!..I’m just sitting here enjoying my last few hours of relaxation before I head off to start the work week in the morning…I decided to write this post because I really wanted to share other stuff besides my cool new dress….I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but my family is chock full of seamstresses, quilters, and tailors; yayyyy me amiright? (on my Daddy’s side of the family)….A little tidbit of information that made my instant take to sewing out of the clear Blue sky much easier to understand….My Mama sewed for us too when my Brother and me were little….
My Auntie Brenda (my Daddy’s Sister) was cleaning out some closets at my Bigmama’s house and found a suitcase full of fabric….She of course called me and I came and picked it up….In my mind I KNEW that fabric was going to literally throw me right back into my Mad Men obsession…..I have been forever obsessed with the older styles; like the 50’s and 60’s and when Mad Men came out with that killer story line AND killer fashion I was hooked….I immediately started to look for patterns and fabric to whip up similar stuff….My Bigmama’s suitcase though; was fulla’ fabric that actually came from that era….Nothing but Mad Men stuff; there was no other way (or at least I didn’t feel the need to look for one)…..Sooooo last night at 11:32 pm I decided to start a new dress (yeah, in the middle of the night smh), my trusty New Look Pattern #0167…it has five super vintage-y views and I’ve sewn the majority of them….I whipped up View C and I promise you its that neckline that gets me every time….IMO, you don’t have to accessorize as much when you have super cool design features on your clothes…
I used a very sturdy, Olive green, tartan kinda fabric; however I don’t know what kind it is….its so and strong and awesome….it kinda reminds me of denim….it sewed up real nice because its so easy to work with so the dress was finished this afternoon….I put the sleeves on and hemmed it and was done….it photographed a kind of pea green but its really more Olive…I’m still in the market for a camera that takes sharper piccies….
I’m thinking I’ll pair my new dress with some Navy boots I have in my shoe stash….I’ll take more pictures later when I wear it too; if I don’t add the photos to this post I’ll make a short one and just share this one again with it….
I LOVE THIS DRESS….I LOVE THIS DRESS….DID I SAY I LOVE THIS DRESS?….not only is it from my beloved Bigmama’s fabric stash, it’s also satisfies my need to dress from another era, and lets me show off one of my favorite New Look Patterns once again…..Yasssssssssss….and of course I added more retro coolness by taking to my vintage zipper stash….and my luck allowed me to have a 22″ zipper in Navy….Yeah baby!!!!! (in my Austin Powers voice)….the fabric smelled kind of stale so after I finished sewing it I put it in the wash and air dried it…..its now damn near perfect….
Well let me share these pictures because I can literally talk about my sewing and the ties that bind for-ever…..I’ll share myself modeling it soon as I can but for now Pink Cookie has to assist….Belle didn’t wear it well this go ’round….Que Sera Sera right?

the beginning, well at the end of the night….the sewing bug is very rude around here….just bites whenever it wants and the only way to stop the biting is to get on up and sew….sheesh…lol


Pattern pieces getting laid out….My Bigmama had at least three yards of this fabric in her stash….I wonder what she was going to do with it?….probably caught it on sale and just bought it…
I do that A LOT….


all cut out and ready to go!


Vintage goodness; booty from one of my thrift store trips….installed like magic too! 😉


just need to add the sleeves….it was three in the morning when I said okay I’ll finish “tomorrow”….I didn’t choose the sewing life, the sewing life chose me! (LMAO)
Neckline awesomeness….


the finished product, aaaaaand a very sh*tty picture of it…..excuse it; I swear I’ll take better ones  later when I wear it……
My Bigmama would be proud…..Her grandbaby SEWS…..


Shot of that zipper…..Vintage everything…well, the boots are new…..

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Nichelle Shayne

I sew a whole lot, I buy waaaaayyyyy too much fabric, and I have an obsession with books (especially sewing books and magazines), shoes, and fat quarters (and I don't even quilt)...Bags will always hold a special place in my heart; I still make em from time to time.....random fact about me**the pin cushions on the front page were made by my Mama and me....She made the yellow one and I whipped up the red one.....I can ramble all day about sewing and I feel a good ramble coming on sewwwww I'll stop here (pun intended).....Oh! My name is Christy but all my friends call me Chris!

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