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I love this silk coat. It has a waist larger than 20″. It’s beautiful. It’s not wool, so I could wear it often whilst gallivanting around Austin. It is $500. Why must I always choose between beautiful vintage clothes and money for rent? Alas for me, rent always wins.

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Julianna of Oh My Cavalier posted some new lovely paintings yesterday on her blog. I really want to hang this lady on my wall.

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I. Need. This. As soon as I saw these pop up on The Blackwing Diaries, I showed the website to my brother and declared “THIS is what I want for my birthday. Or Christmas.” Never mind that it is 11 months away or that I will probably break down and buy it as my birthday gift to me (like I did last year). When I worked at Disneyland, I would ride It’s A Small World and Alice in Wonderland just to stare in awe at Mary Blair’s handiwork. I would then hike to the Disney Gallery (may it RIP) where they had some of her original Small World artwork on display, which I could stare at for hours and hours. Oh, Mary Blair, how I wish I had your eye for color and design aesthetic.

I am in awe of miniture knitting. Who else is excited to see Coraline?

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I was browsing through Anthropologie for no apparent reason yesterday (’cause a girl is entitled to dream) when I was suddenly struck by a few items that screamed “MAD MEN!” at me. So today I bring you what I think Betty, Joan & Peggy would wear if they walked into an Anthropologie store today.

Betty

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Joan

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Peggy

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We are fast approaching Valentine’s Day, so I think I’ll be switching things up around here until I regain my sanity (haha!). I recently aquired three 1950’s Montgomery Wards catalogs, so I might just be posting vintage images for inspiration for the next few MMFM. We’ll see how insane it gets.

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I love this. How did they manage not to get their skirts caught? And who knew that the British Film Institute had a youtube channel?

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Pink has been a reoccurring color in my life lately, which is a bit odd, considering it is not my favorite color in the world. Chocolate brown, coral, plum and green in every shade I love—pink, not so much. Favorite colors aside and continuing on with the pink theme, this week we’re taking a closer look at a dress Betty wears during dinner at home in episodes 2 (Ladies Room) and 7 (Red in the Face).

Pink Striped Dress

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Pink Striped Dress

This would be a pretty easy dress to re-create and if you already have a stash of vintage patterns, chances are you have something similar to this or a pattern that could be easily altered. But more on that later. First up, fabric! I personally would make this up in a green stripe, but if you have your heart set on pink, here a just a few choices I found (mostly natural fibers, because I hate polyester):

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Okay, so you’ve picked out your fabric and bought matching buttons & thread and even found some vintage faux pearl earrings because you are going to do this the right way. Now you need a pattern! These are two possibilities I like a lot:

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In both patterns, the girl in plaid smack dab in the middle is the look we are going for. I really like these pattern as is—but with a little tweaking it’ll work for our version of Betty’s dress.

We’re going to swap the pleated & gathered skirt for a full circle skirt with the seams in the front and back. Do not be scared. This is really, really, super simple and anyone can do it. You may even have a pattern piece from a different pattern you could use for this. If not, don’t worry, because it is really easy to make your own. I’ve gone through the steps on flickr, but I hope to make this into a PDF file sometime soon so it will be easier for you to follow at home. The first thing you need to do figure out the finished waist measurement on the dress, which is usually printed in the instructions, or on a pattern piece. From there, use the following formula, chart and tutorial to draft your pattern:

Circle Skirt Pattern Calculation Full Circle Skirt Chart

Circle Skirt

Both of these patterns I’ve shown you have the right collar for our look, but what if it didn’t? What if you bought the pattern at a thrift store because it was a quarter and then you discovered you were missing the collar pieces (can you tell this has happened to me on more than one occasion)? Have no fear, Christine is here with another tutorial! It may look a bit intimidating, but it’s mostly tracing, which we all learned in kindergarten, so I think you can handle it.

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There you go, two tutorials in one day! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll do my best to help you out. And please let me know if I missed a step or if something is unclear—I will admit that I was running back and forth from my sewing room to the living room watching the inauguration parade & other festivities…so I was a bit distracted…but happily so.

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Delayed

In case you were on pins & needles waiting for this weeks entry—it isn’t finished yet and I’ve lost all my light to take decent pictures in, so it has been postponed til tomorrow. I promise it’s worth the wait, though. Well, at least I hope it is. You’ll have to let me know.

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Jane Austen Pleated Bag in PinkA quick update to let you know that another Jane Austen bag is available in my little shop, this time in pink! And while we are on the subject of Austen, I recently finished reading Searching for Jane Austenby Emily Auerbach and highly recommend it to all you Austen fans. It’s a wonderfully researched, thoughtful and well balanced look at each of Austen’s novels and her early work. I really enjoyed learning about the many references that Austen used that her contempary readers would understand but may escape the notice of a modern audience. It was also refreshing to read a book on Austen by someone who has similar opnions to my own on Austen’s life and novels. I don’t think Austen was a prude spinster who longed for marriage and thus wrote as an escape and to pen her own “happily ever after”. I read Austen, not for the romance (but I will acknowledge that I adore Mr. Knightley and Henry Tilney)  but for her biting look at human nature—and she makes me laugh.

“At the bottom of Kingsdown Hill we met a gentleman in a buggy,
who, on minute examination,
turned out to be Dr. Hall —
and Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning
that either his mother,his wife, or himself must be dead.”

~Jane Austen from a letter dated May 17, 1799

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I love Star Wars (and before he says anything, I would like to clarify that my brother, Daniel, knows more about Star Wars and LOVES Star Wars more than I ever could). I grew up with Star Wars, so I don’t really understand how someone can go through life without watching the original trilogy. But apparently those people exist:

While we’re at it, here is an old but hilariously adorable video of a 3 year old girl explaining the plot in A New Hope.

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