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I know I’m ridiculously late with this, but between “real life” and the day and a half I spent downtown during SXSW, I am exhausted. So this will be short and sweet.

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The above young man is not a character in the new Wes Anderson film, but is Arlo Weiner, son of Mad Men creator/writer/executive producer Matt Weiner. He is clearly made of awesome. Be sure to read GQ’s article on Arlo, complete with a slideshow of outfits with commentary from Arlo himself.

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HELLO SPRING!

Before I head downtown to catch a few South by Southwest shows, I thought I would pop in for a quick picture post. Do you recall this snapshot I posted back in February?

Spring?

Just the tiniest glimmer of green.

Last week, I took a photo of the same trees during our week of dark, cold and wet weather. I do not like grey skies. They make me sad.

Gloomy Texas

And today, on the first day of spring, I went outside and snagged yet ANOTHER picture of my trees.

Spring is here!

What a difference a week makes. So a hearty welcome and “HELLO!” to spring. I’ll enjoy these few weeks of “cool” weather before summer starts.

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This week, Austin plays host to one of the greatest conference/festivals in the world: South by Southwest. A week of films, interactive media and above all else, bands (also, free drinks!). Hundreds of bands from all over the world playing every kind of music you could imagine. It’s a good week to be an Austinite and great week for anyone involved in creative arts. With all this creativity on my brain, I decided that this week I would highlight an artist who expresses her love for Mad Men through digital art.

Dyna Moe is the talent behind these fun illustrations. Her snarky comments on her MM illustrations are priceless (like the above picture of Sal: “DO download and use this lovely invitation for any Holiday- or New Year-themed soirees you might be planning. DON’T use it to make a VHS cover for some ghastly porno.”).

Perhaps my favorite (and clearly the most amazing) thing Dyna has made is Joan Holloway paper dolls. You can either print them off from flickr, or order a deluxe print (complete with more outfits!) from zazzle.

Be sure to check out Dyna’s flickr for more Mad Men illustrations and read the story of how she met Matt Weiner (creator & writer of MM) backstage at the Saturday Night Live taping when Jon Hamm hosted. Lucky girl.

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Yellow Eyelet DressImage courtesy of AMC.

Hello, dear readers! This week we are taking a peek at this buttery number Betty wears in episode four, “New Amsterdam”. I have to admit that I’m a bit jealous of January Jones in this costume. I am a fair blond myself, but I cannot wear any shade of yellow without looking like death (perhaps it’s because Betty’s people are Nordic and mine are German), so I am a little resentful that she wears yellow so very well.

I love the fabric in this dress, it is so very dainty and sweet, but I’m afraid I couldn’t find anything that was a close match available online. If you want to troll around your local fabric shops for a suitable substitute, be sure to check out all the screen shots I uploaded up flickr—it’s a little ridiculous how many I took, but when I do research I like to look at as many photos as I can from every possible angle and I know there are other people out there who like to do the same, so these are for you, fellow researcher.

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Vintage Dresses on Etsy

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Maybe your people are Nordic or perhaps you are a brunette who can rock yellow like no other color—either way, these dresses are for you. However, if you are like me and people constantly ask you if you are ill when you wear yellow in any shade, shape, size & form, maybe you should go for this green shirt dress instead…..

Vintage Sewing Patterns

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….or you could make your own version! All four of these patterns are nearly identical to Betty’s dress—and they are in a myriad of bust sizes and price ranges, so snap your favorite up before it’s gone. I’m partial to the top left and bottom right, not only for the pattern but also the handwritten notes. I think there is something magical about finding vintage sewing patterns & books with notes written all over them. I know some people don’t like buying & using/wearing/reading vintage & pre-owned items, and maybe it’s the wannabe archaeologist in me, but I like feeling connected to a previous owner.

That’s it for this edition of MMFM. I have a few random sewing projects I was going share with you later this week, so I hope to see you then!

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Pink Dress

So how about last weeks MMFM, huh? The best yet, I think. Oh boy, I am lame. I have no legitimate excuse—I think V-Day week finally caught up with me and I basically slept the weekend away and before I knew it, it was Tuesday night and I hadn’t typed a word. Oh well. That is the way life goes sometimes. But I am back and on track (for now) and I’ve got some grand plans for future entries, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

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It’s been a while since we took a closer look at Joan’s sheath dresses, so I thought we would start with this hot pink number she wears in episodes 3 and 7. I can’t find a pattern that has a midriff detail similar to Joan’s, so I’m pretty sure it’s a design the costumer came up with on her own. Simplicity 1410 (below) is a simple wiggle dress with kimono sleeves that would make a perfect base pattern if you wanted to add your own midriff detail. Or if you already have a sheath dress that you love, why not accessorize with a vintage gold brooch? These are two I found on etsy that are similar to the ones Joan wears.

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To complete the ensemble, Nerdybird at etsy (I love that shop name) has this amazing vintage handbag for sale.

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I’m trying to find more ready-to-wear options that I think have a similar style for those of you who don’t sew (or rather, who don’t sew yet…I’m going to do my darndest to convert you!) and right now, J Crew has these two fabulous wool sheath dresses on sale. These would be the perfect staples to keep in your closest to get a jump on your winter wardrobe for next year!

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That about wraps it up for this edition of MMFM, hope you enjoyed it! If you have any requests for future posts (such as, “I want Betty’s yellow dress in episode 4–help me!”), please leave me a comment or send me an email—I’d love to hear from you and I’m always looking for new suggestions.

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