Skip to main content

Outfit Envy & how to make.

 I've been watching Pan Am again!!I really don't think this show is good for me besides having complete outfit envy every time I watch I now want to be a stewerdess!!!
This week saw episode 5 and 6 of the first series and this outfit worn by Christina Ricci's character Maggie caught my attention, I thought she looked really elegant and chic with her little biker gloves really setting off the outfit.

I want this outfit!!!
Rather than buy it, it's surely more fun to make it, yes!! here are the patterns I would recommend to do so ......

                 Butterick B5566                                                        Mccalls  M6038

 Both are nice patterns but I would consider using the butterick as I think it has some lovely options to be used again and again, although the mccalls pattern is more accurate to Maggies outfit, but both are suitable.

                 vogue V9771                                                                    simplicity 2599

The vogue pattern has a nice option for a cowl neck line and could be a nice feature especially if your not fussed on using a print fabric or if your a dab hand you could alter the neck line to be more like the outfit.. The simplicity pattern is the nearest to the actuall top but you would need to leave off the ruffles and bow.

or rather than buy new patterns to make it, go through your stash and see what you can find, it might need the odd tweak but it'll leave you with a bit more dosh to splash on your fabric

The belt...
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Maggie has a corset type belt on, I don't think it's part of the top as it has princess (vertical) seams running through it and it looks to be coming away from the body than attached to the top. You could buy a belt similar, or you could attempt to make one y using a pattern that is close fitting with princess seams. see example below

Take this Burda 3477 pattern for example, trace out the waist area making sure it is around 8 -10 cm wide, you may also need to include a 1.5cm seam allowance all the way around it including the  center back seam where the zip would normally go, but not on the princeess seams or side seams. 
Cut out the material twice once for the front and the other to act as lining, you may to add interfacing too for stability. Assemble the princess seams and then the side seams leaving the back open and do the same for the lining. With wrong sided together then stitch round the pieces leaving the one end open, turn it to right sides out and slip stitch the open end together and then fasten as you wish you could use a hook and eye, Velcro or poppers, if you wish add a narrow belt abound this belt for added clinched-in effect or piece of ribbon wich you could tie into a little bow.

Now all you need do is add shoes, earrings, gloves and a clutch bag and your ready to rock Maggie's look.

and before I go fabric choices for the skirt...

Something like cotton sateen, cotton jersey, baby gabardine/bi-stretch, twill or a little more extravagant silk dupion or stretch satin.

 For the top, a nice satin or silk would work well or an overlay of chiffon. 

If you chose to make a belt, light weight leather, medium weight twill or duchess satin would be good choices.

feel free to add comment other suitable fabrics if you wish and I will add them to this post.


  1. Let me say to you that have exquisite taste in fashion! So now I am bitten by the bug of TV series and I'll take a look .... I am anxious to see this model of dress or top and skirt maybe on you.

  2. I watched this episode last week and I made my boyfriend rewind and pause on this outfit - one of favourites from the programme so far! Can't wait to see how you recreate it!

  3. Rosy you must have a look at Pan Am, I'm sure you will love it especially the costumes.

    Marie- I watch this with boyfriend too, I didn't think he would be fussed but I think he likes it as much as me lol!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Inspiration Wednesday....

Images from pintrest

Sewing Fashion Trends: Joggers

Sport luxe is pretty popular right now with the cuffed jogger being top of the list. I think is a good basic to own for those day where your mostly at home but might need to pop out a few times to run errands. 
Comfy enough to relax in, stylish enough to pop out in. I even like the more high end look of pairing them with heels and a jacket, but for me I'd probably stick to a slip on trainer style shoe and slouchy off the shoulder T.
What I really like about this trend that when it comes to sewing it, the indie patterns are running the race. Burda of course are always there, but I'm struggling to find any looks from the other big pattern companies- Go Indie's:
A Closer Look At The Patterns....
 Papercut Pattern: Anima Pant

Described as a 'must have staple' I think these are pretty cool, I also love how they come with three variation, full length, 3/4 pants and shorts. Papercut are also running a anima competition right now if your interested.  

 True Bias: The Hudson …

How To: Inserting a side seam zip with pocket

This skirt was meant to have a center back zip along with side seam pockets. Instead I put the two together and combined the zip into the side seam pocket and thought I would share with you how I did it or basically winged it ;)

What You should Know First:
This is easier than it looks all you need to do is be able to insert an invisible zip. The waist band was faced but I found it easier to attach the facing once the zip was in place.  This skirt also had lining but the lining fabric is treated as a single layer with the fashion fabric.
Prior to inserting the zip and pockets and treating the lining and fabric as one layer, I made sure both side seams were over-locked 
Construction Tips: These are by no means a definite way to do this, just the way I did it.  . 

1.  Pocket pieces should be kept separate, which makes it easier to place on the the skirt.

2. Taking the one pocket piece (Ignore that I have two in the pic) I lined it up on the right side of the skirt, with the correspondin…