Monday, October 26, 2009

Modern Maid Marian | Take Three

I'm sad to announce that today is the last day for Maid Marian's Wardrobe: A Fashion Event. :-(  How very sad. Amanda, I'll be eagerly awaiting your next event! Hint, hint. ;)

I did plan to show you three outfits that I had  put together, but sadly, I ran out of time. I'll just have to show them to you'll some other time. :-)

- What I'm Wearing -
Wrap Around Jean Skirt - made by me for the event 
Cream Turtleneck - St. Johns Bay JCPenny
Brown Moleskin Vest - Same as before
Crimson Scarf - from Portobello Road, London
Burgundy Cloak - Made by me
Borrowing my brother's sword - Vision Forum 
Black Boots - Bass

Today's outfit was inspired by Maid Marian's Nightwatchman outfit.



Modern Maid Marian | Take Two

I'm having so much fun putting together modern Maid Marian outfits for this week-end! I'm one who likes to dress with a theme. Like I had the Anne of Green Gables phase and Little House phase. :P Well anyway, back to today's outfit.

 What I'm Wearing:

Brown Moleskin Vest - Made by me (Same as yesterday)
White Blouse - IZOD
Orange Scarf - Target
Brown Plaid Skirt - Worthington JCPenny
Black Boots - Bass (Same as yesterday)

See you all tomorrow for the final day!

P.S. I'm sorry about the bad lighting in the pictures.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What I Wore | Modern Maid Marian - Take One

Today I put together a Modern Maid Marian outfit for me to wear. I combined Marian's love of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood, with her life in the castle which is more feminine.

What I'm Wearing:

 Cream Ruffle Tank-top - Gap
White long-sleeve T-shirt - Gap
Moleskin Vest - Made by me for this event
Green Pendent Necklace - 1928 Jewelry Kohls
Jeans - St. Johns Bay JCPenny
Black Boots with buckles - Bass

  I believe the ruffles and necklace show Marian's feminine side. While the vest and boots remind us of her more rustic, Sherwood Forest side.

Simplicity 2556 - Maid Marian Vest

For my vest, I used view A. Except for my version, I didn't add the lining. Shh! Don't tell anyone. Instead, I used the serger to finish the insides, so it won't fray.

I used brown moleskin for the vest, which works great! This is the same fabric I used for my Nightwatchman mask.

Friday, October 23, 2009

DIY | How to Make BBC's Maid Marian's Nightwatchman Mask

Here is a step-by-step on how to recreate Maid Marian's nightwatchman mask for yourself.

1. Study the picture of Marian’s mask to get a feel on the shape and fit. Draw the mask on paper in any size. This is to get more of feel on how the curves are and work.

2. Measure your head from the front of your ear to the front of your other ear, horizontally.

3. Next measure from the middle of your forehead to just above the tip of your nose.

4. Take these measurements and draw the mask again, on regular paper, using your measurements for how long and wide the mask will have to be to fit you.

5. Cut out the pattern. Pin to what ever kind of fabric you want the mask made out of. Cut.

6. Finish the edges of the mask using either a serger or a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

7. Cut out two lengths of ribbon that will be long enough to tie in the back of you head. Attach ribbon at corners of the mask.

8. Try the mask on to find out where your eye holes will be. Cut out the holes, once you removed mask from face. Finish the eye-hole edges with a zigzag stitch, and you are finished!

I hope this helpful! If it is not helpful, let me know and I’ll try to help you out.


Medieval Maid Marian | "Nightwatchman" inspired outfit from BBC Robin Hood

Today I'm going to start with my medieval outfit, as my modern Marian outfits are still being sewn. :D

I sewed this outfit back in August just for fun, after gazing at all of the Robin Hood BBC pictures on Amanda's blog. I had fallen in love with Marian's outfits, with a list of what I wanted to copy a mile long! =) I knew I need to make at least one of them, so I went with a Nightwatchman inspired look.

This picture was inspiration for my mask and cloak.

While this red dress of Marian's was my inspiration for my red dress - just minus the beading and sleeves (which I love).

::My Version::


::Patterns I used::

I used McCall's 4491, view C for my dress.

I'll do a separate post on how you can make Maid Marian's mask for yourself sometime latter today. As it is quite easy and simple.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

DIY | Turn Your Old Jeans into a Skirt

Have you ever wanted a jean skirt, but could never find one you liked in the stores or, one at all?!? Well, I have struggled with that problem since I outgrew my old jean skirt.  :) My solution was to turn a pair of my very old jeans into a skirt. Problem solved.

This skirt is very simple and easy to make. It only took me about 15 minutes to whip up this skirt. Plus, I added two fun trims, brown bias tape for the hem and cotton lace for the insert in the front.

I got the idea on how to make the skirt here:


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fashion Inspiration ❘❘ The 1940s

I was surfing through the Life photos on Google images and struck inspiration! There are so many inspiring images! Let me share with you some of my favorites from the 1940s.

First off, Little Boy's Clothing -


Woman's Fashion -

Young Ladies Fashion -

Aren't these pictures simply drool-wrothy? I'm now full of inspiration to go down to my sewing machine and start sew something 1940s inspired. =)



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