Category Archives: Costumes

Wardrobe Wednesday #11, Make My Week #11 and Mad Men Challenge #1

Okay so hopefully you’re still with me after such a massive title!

This is my March clothing make and it is also my first post (I am going to do 2) for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge – button on the right.

Our Wardrobe Wednesday theme for the month is Heavenly Homemade and I am the guest judge. Today Nin has published her interview with me so hurry on over and have a perv ah, peek into my wardrobe.

This dress cost – $2 I think for the zip, $2.99 for the thread and also, confession time $1 for the sheet I bought in Dunedin!!! I am supposed to be on a fabric embargo for the first 6 months of this year …but … it was so lovely and $1. You forgive me right? So, total cost about $6. The top part is an old curtain of my Mother In Laws and the lining is from my stash.

I am wearing it with my homemade full circle petticoat – also made entirely from stash.

Shoes – I can’t remember if I bought these at TKMaxx in the UK or No.1 Shoes in NZ – they were cheap.

Jewelry all gifted.

So it isn’t a direct copy of a Mad Men dress but it is supposed to capture the vibe and essence of the dresses they wore. I love the colours. It is made from a modified New Look pattern. The neckline isn’t probably that authentic but I did try to style it as authentically as I could.

Julia will be posting all about the dresses with some links on April 1st. But head over before then anyway if you like gorgeous, vibrant and talented show and tell of handmade clothes.

Other Wardrobe Wednesday ladies AND my interview here.

Fantastic, talented Creations here from Thursday.

Phew – take a breath. I hope you breathed while you read. I forgot to breathe while I typed and I’m a little light-headed now!!


B.M.W.B #9 Shearing and a Giveaway

This week we have discovered a new game together. Flip often rolls himself up in his duvet to ‘hide’ so I can find him. This week I would find him and then ‘shear’ him. When we were at the A&P show last year we saw sheep shearing the shearer slowly peels the fleece off the sheep (that’s my description anyway!) and so I pretend to have my clippers and I shear the duvet off until I have my wee sheep underneath

amidst loud giggling !

Then Bounce wants his turn and so on and so on. It’s completely ridiculous but that kind of activity suits us well.

This week is full of photos of Bounce who I have so much fun hanging out with during the day. This bear suit is one of my first ever ballet costumes (lovingly made by my mama). Bounce likes to wear it as often as possible and I ADORE how gorgeous he is in it.

Seeing as it’s almost the end of Feb it’s time for my monthly giveaway. One of my friend/readers, Juliet, has been doing BMWB with her wee ones and this giveaway is inspired by her post here. It’s a simple sewing kit for you to try with your child/ren.

I’m hoping to give it a go with Flip and maybe Bounce – I’ll let you know how we get on.

To enter I would like you to share a happy childhood memory you shared with an adult – one of mine is the paper dolls my mum would draw for us and then we made/drew the clothing.

Giveaway closes Weds 14th of March and I am happy to ship internationally. (If you have kids big enough who you think would like it do encourage them to ‘enter’ themselves!)

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

Make My Week # 33 Full Petticoat and Circle Skirt

This was supposed to me on Saturday night.

Are you feeling the Sandra Dee?

I made the skirt from a costume pattern and shortened it a lot  – just because I am doing the 50s I don’t forget to work my best lengths. I think I’ll probably wear the skirt in summer too without the petticoat – probably!

And this is the underskirt I made entirely from my stash (which is why the tulle is different colours). I took photos as I went if anyone wants a tutorial – you know it’s a gap in your wardrobe!

Pretty pleased with my efforts actually!

Sob, Sick and A Sock Monkey

Yesterday was brought t you by the letter S.

The Atlas and I were supposed to be going to a 30th birthday with an S theme. I was going as Sandra Dee (1950s actress and model made infamous by a song in Grease).

The Atlas was going as a sock monkey.

Until Flip got sick….. throwing up sick. Friday night was very long and sleepless.


So as it was one of our guy friends I told The Atlas he should go. (I know I am SO mature!)

Multiple sobs, Sick and The Ugliest Sock Monkey you ever did see.

I’ll show you my costume for ‘make my week’ on Monday.

Meantime I decided that I would have some fun dressing for church this morning.

Here I am in my newest wardrobe addition my AWESOME skirt from sailorspy, a t-shirt from an op-shop $1, Cardi hand-me-down from my cousin, sockettes bought in Turkey, shoes £8 bought in the UK, brooch re-gift from my sister (I gave it to her and she gave it back!). I like my outfit – I feel I am channelling a 50s silhouette with a slighty 80s vibe.

Some one else is much improved today too – Hooray!