Sunday, June 2, 2013

60's Vibe



Do any of you remember the cute clothes Mary Tyler Moore wore on the old Dick Van Dyke show? That's what Vogue 8886 reminds me of...I love the cap sleeves and collar!
 



This beautiful brocade is a mystery fabric I found at an estate sale a few years ago. It washes and dries beautifully and based on a burn test I'm guessing it is some blend of cotton and Rayon.




This was a simple pattern to put together and I think the most time consuming part was the roll in the collar. The zip I used was too short to allow this close fitting top to go my dress form and this garment really needed to be steam-set around a pair of shoulders. So, I padded a hanger with a thick towel and then tucked a tightly rolled kitchen towel up into the collar and shaped it. I then went over it several times with my steamer and let it dry completely.
 



If you have never used a professional steamer it will change your life! I was lucky enough to inherit one from my sister when they paired down two households into one and she had an extra Jiffy steamer. I lovingly call him "Swamp Thang" and he is awesome:
 



I really like this outfit and aside from a few fitting adjustments described on my Pattern Review, it was easy and fun. Thanks for stopping by!

15 comments:

  1. that is definitely a Mary Tyler Moore outfit - very fetching.

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    1. Thanks, Pauline, I see you just posted a review and I need to go read it!

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  2. What a pretty and interesting fabric! And I just need to know the pattern you used, so I´ll go read your review! You do look 60´s! :)

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    1. Duh, thank you Merche, I completely forgot to add V8886 to my review. Thank you for the reminder! and I will forward you some of that fish panel print if you have to have it to make an Archer!

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  3. Very Mary Tyler Moore. Love it! ~Teri

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    1. Thanks, Teri. Need to lose about 20 lbs to really be Mary...lol

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  4. Cute! I have this pattern and looking for just the right fabric to make it up

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  5. Yes, very Mary Tyler Moore. I love it on you.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, nice to hear from you!

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  6. Very cute and, yes, I can imagine MTM wearing that. Audrey Hepburn, too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Shams, yes, both of them had those nothing figures that wear this style so well. Not so meant for curves, but what's a girl to do? lol

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  7. OMG, you look too cute in your vintagy outfit! I have a swamp thang too. I will have to cart that big ole steamer to my overcrowded sewing room. I bet it takes care of big ole bits of fabric super quick.

    ~Claire

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    1. Thanks, Claire. YES! Your daughter would be adorable in this. She's built way more like MTM than me! Dust the cobwebs off your Swamp Thang!

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  8. Gorgeous fabric! What a great looking outfit!

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  9. What a fun outfit, Dorcas! I can see MTM in it right now! Love your new blog look too!

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