Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

How many of y'all have already seen or are planning to see the fabulous looking film Saving Mr. Banks this weekend?? I am going to see it soon and am ecstatic!
Mary Poppins was (still is) a family favorite movie in my family.
And, I have to say...I am unbelievably tired of all of the brainless action movies that keep getting released in theaters. Last Christmas, Les Miserables came out on Christmas day. That was such a breath of fresh air! A wonderfully deep, artistic film with a stellar cast.
This year, Saving Mr. Banks is being released as the "Christmas movie" to go see. And go see it I shall!
Did I mention that this is a period piece? Set in the 1960's....If you haven't seen the trailer do watch it.
On another interesting note, while watching behind the scenes videos, I noticed an extra wearing an adorable 1960's dress made of fabric that I own! Hopefully I can get a post about that later.
Have a wonderful day!
Olivia Kathryn 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Evening Gown Inspiration

As some of you know, my next sewing project I am planning is an evening gown. There are a lot of things that can go wrong in sewing formal wear...Anyone out there reading this who has worked extensively with fabrics like silk chiffon? If so any tips? I have chosen to use a silk chiffon for my evening gown. Silk chiffon is so incredibly delicate (and expensive) I am really quite scared of using it.

     I want to sew two evening gowns eventually. A red version of Grace Kelly's To Catch a Thief gown and a black 1940's formal dress. First up on my list is Grace Kelly's To Catch a Thief dress.

Won't this be fabulous in a deep red? I thought about replicating the original dress by making it white.. but after thinking about for a while I decided against that. (It would look far too much like a wedding dress in my opinion)

Here is some red formal gown inspiration!

Have a wonderful evening
Olivia Kathryn 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Photoshoot With a Friend/Vintage Style

Right now I am heaving a big sigh of relief. I have just completed my first semester of college. ( I am a dual enroll student) So I only took two classes. The finals were today and I am done now! Or at least on Christmas break till the next semester. :)
      Here is part two of the photo-shoot I did with my photographer friend Brenna. I had tons of fun pulling out my old vintage hats and a pair of 1960's cat glasses. Enjoy the photos!
 (Brenna also took photos of two retro dresses I have recently sewn. I hope to get a post on those within the next few days)

I found these two fabulous vintage suitcases under a pile of clothes at a thrift store. They were each 2$. I was soo excited about it! I currently keep my summer vintage clothes that I have sewn in them...Perhaps not the best storage technique, but it works. 

This is a 1940's hat I purchased at an estate sale. I will have to post more close up pictures later. It is really something! 

Have a wonderful night! Olivia 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Here they are! Lots of photos of the wonderful winter coat I made a few months ago. These photos were taken by my talented photographer friend Brenna.
The pattern for the coat is Butterick 5824.
       I was incredibly intimidated by the thought of sewing my self a winter coat. I spent much time agonizing over what type of fabric to choose , colors, linings etc...In the end I opted for a simple black striped suiting fabric with a striking red lining. Because the shell fabric for the coat is a bit thin I double lined the bodice, which I am very glad I did. It gave the bodice a much stiffer shape and more warmth.

Favorite feature of this coat??
THE SKIRT! Oh this coat has an amazing full skirt that is just too fun to twirl around in.

I decided to put on my seamed stockings for this photo shoot. I generally don't ever wear these, however they fit very well with the style of the coat and the whole retro feel. 

Olivia Kathryn 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1940's Evening Gown

Lately I have been thinking alot about sewing. I have a closet full of vintage dresses, skirts, and blouses. Which may sound like variety, but I want to try and challenge my self when it comes sewing. A few weeks ago I had never sewn a winter coat before (or any king of jacket really) I have now completed Gertie's Retro coat pattern. Butterick 5824. It turned out WONDERUFLLY, I can't wait to post photos! 

Anyway, I just want to try new things in my sewing routine. There are projects that have always been on my "sewing bucket list" And I intend to start plugging away at them. 
They include...
one more winter coat 
1940's evening gown
Atonment green gown (who doesn't want to make/wear this dress??)
old fashioned corset
Some period style costumes 
Various dresses just challenge myself by working with more difficult fabrics
Breakfast at Tiffany's black gown 
Marilyn Monroe's white dress 

I picked up this fabulous pattern for the 1940's evening gown 

I will be making the full length version on the left.

What are some of your sewing plans?
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

South Pacific Sewing/McCall's 6331

And so it has begun. Today marks the first of many rehearsals to come in the next few months for the production of South Pacific. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was sewing fabulous 1940's beach wear for the show. I have had so much fun! Even though the cold months are upon us, I thought that I would post one of the playsuits I have made. Enjoy!

I used McCall's 6331 for the pattern. 

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bow Blouse On Wednesday Outfit Post

Earings- Old Navy 
Shirt- T.J. Maxx
Skirt- Kohls
Shoes- Payless 

Have a wonderful day!

Olivia Kathryn 

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