Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sew Weekly and 30DoC: Pin-Up or Use a Photograph for Inspiration

Ok, so it is crazy fabulous that these two challenges fell during the same week.  Huzzah!

With the Pin-Up challenge, I knew that if these pictures were going on the blog, there needed to not be a whole lot of skin showing.  So...classy pin-ups.  I specifically started looking for redhead pin-ups.  Lucky for me, I follow the Pinterest boards of Max, who has curated the most amazing collection of redhead pictures and even has a board devoted to redhead pin-ups.  Seriously took all the searching dirty work out of my hands. 

I found the perfect inspiration:

Isla Fisher - Vanity Fair Vanities by Michael Elins, November 2006

So my goal was to have a very fuzzy sweater and some itty bitty bottoms... but tasteful itty bitty.  I don't want to make something I will never wear again.

So here is my first item for the Hand-Me-Down Hussy outfit: a black (cashmere? super soft acrylic?) v-neck sweater that was originally my sisters.  I stopped wearing it because I like my sweaters a little bit longer normally.

Next, we have this dress ... which I think was my sister's Confirmation/High School Graduation dress?  Not sure.  Either way, it was hers, but now it is mine.

I was going to donate this dress when Mama Grand was trying to pass it off to me, but she said, "Why don't you do something with the buttons?"

Brilliant, Mama G.  I will look twice before I donate anything again.


I sliced up the front of the sweater, bias trimmed the edges (hot pink for a little thrill), added some vintage lace from the stash and added buttonholes for the fabulous pearl buttons.  For the skirt, I shortened the pieces of the pattern I used for this skirt here (found the third pattern piece - yay!), cut the pattern out from the dress fabric, added a zipper and voila!

I love the way the outfit turned out!  The sweater is incredibly warm, so it's perfect for the impending deep freeze, and the skirt flows beautifully.  The only issue with the skirt is that it is more than a bit see-through.  While it probably won't be worn again until summer since it's so lightweight, I may continue tweaking it - possibly adding some lace to the bottom? 

A full shot of the outfit here.  I've added my sassy face for good measure.

I like this picture because I look evil.  This makes me giggle.

Many thanks to the Rob for finding a clear space to take these pictures.  The room you see to the right is the office/sewing area.  He was propping the camera on a ladder and standing in the middle of a sea of dropcloths.

While the outfit didn't make me feel incredibly pin-up-y, the red lipstick did.  I will never underestimate red lipstick again.

Friends, what are your thoughts on said lipstick?  Does it make you feel daring and a little bit reckless, too?

Have a fantastic day, all! 


  1. great outfit!
    oh, and I think red lipstick makes me feel as though I'm now dressed up. In fact, one day, dressed for work in my usual, I felt the need to tuck in my shirt and button an extra button up top, to match the "style" my lipstick was putting forward.
    you can never go wrong with a good red lipstick!

  2. love the sweater refashion and the combo with the fresh white skirt is perfect. if it is see-through, while you wait for the deep freeze to melt, maybe a slip? it would definitely add to the vintage feeling...


  3. Love the refashioned sweater and awesome skirt! YAY! And the pics are great too...glad you found a patch in your place to take pics...I couldn't even tell but the last picture is funny admist the moving/DIY backdrop :) Well done!!

  4. I LOVE it! In the scary-face picture, your hair looks super-duper shiny and red. And props to you for being able to do a legit sexy face - I always look incredibly stupid. Red lipstick is fabulous. I even put some on this morning to complete my weird work outfit. It might have been the only part of the outfit that worked...

  5. What a great outfit!! The pearl buttons add such a pretty touch!

    Red lipstick? A necessity in my life! Nothing perks me up faster than a quick coat of L'Oreal Flame. Booyah!

  6. meg, great refashion... And 'fiuu fiu'

  7. You look very cute an pin-uppy! :)

  8. Pretty! I love how the buttons combined with the lace embellishment give the cardi an elegant retro vibe!

    Red lipstick: hell yes! I don't wear lipstick a lot, but if I do, it needs to be bright red. :D

  9. <3 your white skirt, the godets look fab and add a lovely shape. Your pics made me laugh too :)

  10. What a totally saucy photo! You should print it out, sign it and put kiss marks! I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren't any sewing linky parties to show off vintage sewing. But you can post anything fabric related too! Kids stuff, knitting, crafts... I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!Justine @ Sew Country Chick

  11. i bet rob likes your evil picture for a totally different reason.