Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jean Skirt - Simplicity 7111 (1975)

I decided that I would do a pattern review of the jean skirt I wore in my last "What I'm Wearing" post. I didn't plan on making this jean skirt, it only came about as I had enough left over fabric from my jeans. With AmandaBeth's Maid Marian Wardrobe event coming up, I though I would copy one of Marian's skirts in the BBC TV show Robin Hood for the big event.

::The Inspiration::


::My skirt::

::The Pattern::

Pattern: Simplicity 7111 c. 1975
Pattern Description: Misses skirt .

Pattern Sizing: My pattern was a size 14. The pattern is suppose to rest on your waist, but as mine is a little too big mine rests on my hips. So you can go a little bigger on the pattern size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I had no problems what so ever.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern, super cute and stylish!

Fabric Used: A nice denim from Joann's. (It's the same as my Old Hollywood jeans.)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Nope.

Would you sew it again? Yes!

Would you recommend it to others? Sure would, though I would warn that the skirt flaps open as it is a wrap skirt. I solved this problem by using a safety pin, I would eventually like to replace this with clasps, just like Marian's. 

Where you can buy this pattern: I found size Size 10 and Size 8 online for sale for those interested in buying the pattern.


As a side note, this is Bramblewood Fashion's 100th post! How exciting is that! And we've only been blogging for 6 months.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Vintage looks for Today....

I love clothing with a vintage flair. Anything from....well any time period is fine with me, so long as it isn't over done. I thought it would be fun to recreate some vintage inspired looks for today. I warn you that some of the pieces I used are expensive, so for those just look for cheaper versions. That is, if you if you want to recreate the look. =)

A 1950s Dior look for Today

A classic look of the "little black dress". Pair your black fabulous dress with some great heels. Add a layer pearl necklace and silver jewelry accents.  For a more vintage look add gloves!  

Purple Spring

Floral shift dress, t-strap heels, unique headband, over-sized shades,  layered necklace, plus don't forget your clutch. And you are on your way to a vintage style that can look oh, so modern.

A Girl with a Bicycle

For the Summer wear a nice summer dress with heels. Add a large handbag and your handy shades to block the sun out of yours eyes. For you don't want to be blinded in such a stylish outfit!

Grace Kelly - Style 1

Pair a simple skirt with a top full of ruffles. Add flats that have a statement to them, pearl earrings, layered necklace, light-weight silky scarf, and a nice handbag.  

Baby Blue - Audrey Hepburn

Belt your sundress, add a brooch, romantic looking earrings, heels or flats. And don't forget a statement necklace!  


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Ashley

-What I'm Wearing-
Jean Skirt - Made by me!
Cowl Neck Shirt - Christopher & Banks 
Black Fashion boots - Bass Shoe Outlet
Simple Earings - Claire's (got my ears pierced last Saturday)

An Award....

Gabrielle and I have been given The Beyond Your Imagination award by Atlanta. Thank you Atlanta!


1. List 8 stories or books that you would like to live in (for two weeks?)

~Ashley~ *In no order*

1. The Five Little Peppers series

2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Little Woman
4. Cranford
5. Nancy Drew (any of the old books 30s-40s)
7. The Chronicles of Narnia
8. Sherlock Holmes

~Gabrielle~ *In no order*

1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Elsie Dinsmore series
3. In Freedoms Cause by: G.A. Henty
4. Cranford
5. Little Women
6. Crown and Covenant series by: Douglas Bond
7. The Five Little Peppers series
8. Pollyanna

2. List 8 other bloggers who deserve this award.

1. Natasha -
2. Disney -
3. Amanda -
4. Amanda -
5. Hanne-col -
6. Anna -
7. Jasmine -
8. Melanie -

3. Comment on their blog, and tell them they won an award.
Will do.

Me and Jo March

Growing up I was always a little tom-boyish. I enjoyed climbing trees, playing all sorts of sports. But, I also enjoyed reading through mountains of books, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and doing just about every craft there was. And I still enjoy doing all of these things.

With my two younger sisters, there are now four girls and one boy total, we would put on plays or sing in our singing group called, The Step Sisters because we all stood a head above each other. Besides singing and acting, I would also write and illustrate stories. My best stories being inspired by  Thornton Burgess, Brambly Hedge, and Curious George.

Today I'm more like how Jo was in New York - sewing and writing. Maybe I don't write as many stories as before. Instead I do something different - blog posts. Though once and awhile I write a story or two. ;-)

I didn't read Little Woman until I was 16. But after I first read it I fell in love with the March sisters. Since then I have read it several times, and learning something new each time.

Little Women of 2010 event


I forgot to mention in my last post on why I was doing a Little Women post. It is because there is a Little Women event going on this week hosted by Rebecca at A Young Lady's Blog

Read all about the event here.

See the other entries for the event here.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Jo March Dress

Created for fun! 


At first, I didn't realize that my dress looks like Jo's in the '94 Little Woman. Until several ladies on the Sense & Sensibility board pointed it out to me. 

It is fitting though. As I made my dress for my 18th birthday.


And guess what character I was? That's right, I was Jo March. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to make your own Valentines T-shirt


 I thought it would be fun to do a little how to for valentines. Of course, you don't have to use hearts every time you do this. You can do any shape you want! You could even use letters or numbers to spell a message. :D 

1. Find a solid t-shirt. I'm just using a black one that I had in the back of my closet. 

2. Decided what you want on the front of the shirt. I'll be using a heart.

3. Draw the shape on a piece of paper and cut out. This will be your pattern.

4. Find some fabric for your shape. I used some fabric I had leftover from my valentines dress. 

5. Pin shape to your fabric. Cut.

6. Pull your shirt on the ironing board. 

7. Cut out matching hearts out of "Paper Backed Adhesive Web Sheet".  Apply webbing to the hearts with the iron.

 8. Decided on where you want the heart placed.

 9. Tear away the paper back.

10. Turn over the heart, the side with adhesive should face the shirt. Make sure that the adhesive doesn't face the iron, because it will stick leaving you with a mess! :O Press.

11. Repeat if you want more.

12. Now, you are going to want to do a simple stitch, either by hand or machine, around the edges of the hearts. This will make sure that the hearts don't move.    

 13. And then you are done! :)


If you have any questions, just ask! :)


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Ashley

~What I'm Wearing~
Cream ruffle shirt - Chaps (Kohls)
Brown Vest - Made by me
Silk Skirt (this doubles as a tunic) - Portobello Market, London, UK
Cream stripe tights - Kohls
Brown Wedges - Target
Cameo Necklace - Portobello Market, London, UK 

Please pardon the blurry pictures. :)

Nancy Drew's Style

We had a reader request a Nancy Dress post and I thought, "why not? I love Nancy's style!" So here we are, a post dedicated to the style of Nancy Drew. =) 

First off, I will give examples of what Nancy would wear in the original books c.1930s -1940s. I'll also share Nancy's style in the old black & white movies with Bonita Granvielle. 

If you have never seen the old Nancy Drew movies with Bonita Granvielle, may I highly recommend them to you! True, they are not like the books, but they hold the spirit of Nancy Drew and they are clean family-friendly movies. You can watch and download Nancy Drew: Reporter at Internet Archive, as it is in the public domain. The other Nancy Drew movies can be seen sometimes on TCM, or you can buy them on DVD

Nancy's Stye in the Books:

The Secret of the Old Clock

The Clue in the Diary

The above sets show some examples on how you can dress Drew's style today.  Wear classic looking skirts with blouses or nicer type of shirts. Do pair it with kitten heels and a nice cloche. As Nancy would surely approve. 

Nancy's Style in the Old Movies:

Nancy Drew - Reporter

In the movies Nancy wore blouses with bows, skirts, dresses, full slacks, fedoras, wedges, cardigans, and jackets.  All in all, Nancy has a very classic look.

Nancy Drew

The two sets above I made on Powerpoint last year. These capture more Nancy's style in the movies, then the books. 

Screen-caps from the movies for more inspiration:


I hope you all found this helpful to create your own Nancy Drew look. :) 


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