The One with The Competition

Hey Everyone,

It’s Competition Time!

I don’t watch a lot of TV but when a bunch of people you trust tell you to watch something, you watch it. That’s what happened with the Amazon original The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. I was in love right from the first scene and it only got better.

Poor Joe must’ve been soooo sick of hearing “woah, look at that dress, look at that outfit, look look look…” but that’s basically what it was like watching it.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, it’s about a 50’s housewife in New York whose life gets turned upside down and the journey she takes. It’s funny and clever and oh my, the costumes.

I used to wear a lot of vintage fashion, especially 50’s and 60’s which tend to suit my shape. IĀ  lived in Birmingham, UK where there were lots of vintage shops so it was easy to come buy at reasonable prices. However, in 2014 I moved to the USA and the places I lived in didn’t really have much on offer in the way of vintage. Fast forward and I’m sewing pretty much everything I wear but I haven’t really sewn that many vintages inspired pieces, despite having found tons of patterns in charity shops!

Mrs Maisel has inspired me to change that and I’d like you to come along for the ride!

Here’s link to the trailer if you’re still on the fence:

From 5th May to 5th July I’m asking you to make some kind of 50’s inspired garment. It can be from a real vintage pattern, a vintage inspired modern pattern or even a hack on any old pattern you like.

It doesn’t have to copy anything on the show, it’s mostly for inspiration, but there will definitely be some brownie points in it for you….especially if you manage to create the red dress Midge wears visiting her friend Imogene in the hospital in the 2nd Season and send me details on how to do it – ha! šŸ˜‰

It also doesn’t have to be a dress, Susi and the fellas in the show wear some pretty great stuff too!

Based on creativity and general awesomeness I’ll pick 3 finalists and you, the fab Insta sewing community, will vote for your favourite, giving us:

  • a grand prize winner
  • second place
  • runner up
  • Plus, just to make it more fun and fair,Ā  2 more randomly selected winners

Our sponsors are:

The wonderful Vintage Pattern Shop, the perfect place for all your vintage needs

How to Do Fashion, a indie pattern company with a modern take on vintage style, plus some generous Etsy sellers.

FiberstofabricĀ a fantastic fabric store based in Mumbai, they have the most beautiful hand block printed fabrics.

Vintage Patterns Sew Bee ItĀ , an Etsy store selling both beautiful original a digital reproduction vintage patterns in great condition.

Jem Vintage PatternsĀ an Etsy store selling digital vintage reproduction patterns.

Last but not least, The Pinkie PinĀ , BeadoloFlute, and Astrological Boutique great pin stores on Etsy.

We’re so lucky!

Now, the good stuff, the prizes!

Are you ready for this??

The first prize winner will receive:

The second prize winer will receive:

The third prize winner will receive:

The Two randomly selected runners up will receive:

The great part is, the competition is open WORLDWIDE!

To enter, just tagĀ  me in a photo of you wearing your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #madelikemaisel by 5th July 2019.

Over the course of the competition I’ll be posting lots of inspiration pics on Instagram and making pattern recommendations/pairings here on my blog so be sure to come back and visit.

Be sure to check out the sites of our sponsors so you can see what you might win!

Oh and some boring legal stuff – this is a fan competition and is in no way affiliated with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel or Instagram.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with and in the words of Susi and Midge – “Tits Up”!

The One Where I Learned a Lot

Howdy ho Sewists!

I finally got some pictures of my first successful 2019 Make Nine projects (the story of the failures is for another day) so thought it was time I shared the journey.

This is the tale of making the New Look 6567 and I’ll give you a heads up, it is going to be a long post as it was quite a trip. However, as the title says, I learnt a lot so who knows maybe you will too? I think this will be especially helpful for those petite sewists or anyone who has had trouble with gaping necklines/narrow shoulders out there.

Go on, have a read “The One Where I Learned a Lot”

The One with the Bits and Pieces

Happy Autumn guys and girls!

It finally showed up here in Asheville and while I will always try to hold on to those long hot summer days (I was born on the wrong continent for sure) I’m trying my best not to be too sad they’re over. Thinking about my Autumn/Winter sewing projects is helping that.

This post is a bit of a hodgepodge, just a chance for me to tell you all what I’ve been up to and an excuse for me to get things straight in my head if I’m being honest. It’ll be a quick one I promise. Go on, have a read “The One with the Bits and Pieces”