Gather inspriration & let the creation come into focus

For me, this project was all about inspiration. I’ve said it many times; inspiration for me comes in the most unexpected ways. Recently I was thinking about shows that my Mother always watched in the early ’70s; she was a devoted Mary Tyler Moore show watcher. In the opening sequence,  Mary throwing her beret in the air. This got me thinking of berets, and I remembered a @lovetosewpodcast interviewing @ericabunker and her talking about her Mothers style in the ’70s and that she wore a sequin beret. I told you inspiration comes in all forms. I sort of collect all of these over time and let the creation come into focus.

 I purchased the green sweater knit fabric from the @ninaramelfabricbox a while ago. I am inspired all the time by @mydailythreads style aesthetic. We are kindred spirits, I’m convinced. Her fabric boxes are unique, and when I want to treat myself, to stalk her lives to see what is coming next.

I made a lined sweater wrap coat using @vogue pattern #1758. 

An added twist was I made a detachable lavender fur collar; I purchased the fur from @fabricmart.

I keep a pet grooming kit in my sewing room just for working with fur and faux furs. Trimming selvages with shears.
and brush out all the uncut pile out of seams.

My pants I wanted a proper 70s silhouette, and when I saw @ravenmaureens version of @mimigstyle @simplicity #8655, I was like, “there they are!”

I made them with a wool blend plaid from @melanted fabrics; this fabric is straight-up delicious. I threw myself a little sewing challenge by using the fabric on the bias.

My top is the Monroe turtleneck by @tessutipatterns that I made out of a deep plum Ponte knit also from @melanatedfabrics. Beginning sewers, this is a perfect pattern for you, especially if there is any intimidation with sewing knits.

The reversible sequin beret I made with leftover stash using a pattern from pspatterns and styles on Etsy.

My Katie Spade purse in thrift from@goodwillsoca and my vintage purple sunglasses and boots are thrift from @poshmark, and all put together with that theme song in the background

“Love is all around; no need to fake it.

You can have the town, why don’t you take it.

You’re gonna make it after all.” 

Refashioning “The Mini skirt prosecutor.”

In January of this year, as I set out to start this blog. I knew that I wanted to talk about Fashion, fashion history, and iconic people and do it visually by refashioning iconic “looks” of these people.

In the summer of 1974, my family was living in Northern Virginia. My father a major in the Air Force was working in the Pentagon. I remember vividly the national news each night on my families television. Watergate.

In July of 2017, I began noticing an MSNBC legal contributor. She was the new resident authority on Watergate and how it resembles our current President and our government. Two things I noticed about her, besides obvious class and intelligence, first, each night she had on these amazing brooch pins. A different one each night. Second, she commented on being known back in the early 70’s as “The mini skirt prosecutor.” Well, now I needed to know more…

Jill Wine-Banks was a Watergate prosecutor. ” She was the one who interrogated Rosemary Woods, the White House secretary responsible for the notorious missing 18½ minutes of the Watergate tapes.” (Author Rita Dragonette, http://www.ritadragonette.cohttp://www.ritadragonette.comm)

In mini skirts no less.

Jill has continued to succeed and have many firsts for women.

“List of achievements: first woman General Counsel of the Army, Illinois’ first Solicitor General and first female Deputy Attorney General of the state, first woman EVP/COO of The American Bar Association, Executive at Motorola and Maytag. After an equally impressive list of not for profit/social advocate positions she has championed causes in education and social services, most recently serving on the US Department of Defense Subcommittee investigating sexual assault in the military.

Jill never stopped fighting, particularly as an outspoken critic of sexism. An early iteration of her book was as a memoir contrasting what it was like to be at the pinnacle of success and attention, yet still facing sexist attitudes and practices in both professional and personal circumstances.”(Author Rita Dragonette,

Now those pins. So each time Jill appears on television she wears a different pin. The brilliant part is each pin has a meaning. She has on her website, Instagram and twitter #jillsPins with the photo and the meaning of each one. Yes, the like button is getting hit often. Definitely check these out.

Jill’s memoir about her years of Watergate is being revised and will be out February 25,2020

Now my refashioning. This past Monday was Earth day and in the world of fashion, Fashion Revolution week (April 22nd-28th) is underway. I’m a big believer in sustainability and all of us doing our part. I make my clothes and try upcycle old garments instead of buying new.

This project I did entirely out of thrifted clothing. Basically salvaging all yardage from the discarded.

First, Jill’s trench coat. I took three pairs of men’s thrift khaki’s from GoodWill. Let me just say there are way too many pairs of men’s khaki’s out there, I’m convinced our landfills must be full of them! I decided to do a color block version (like the inspiration photo below) and use the vintage Vouge pattern 1498 to make in 1970’s period appropriate. I hacked the pattern slightly by not lining it, because it’s hot here in southern Califorina. I did do Hong Kong finished steams though, refashioning old power ties, from my dead stock wardrobe from my regular job as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer. I often style celebrity men.

The “mini skirt” pinafore, I used three pairs of used old black stretch jeans of mine. Re-dyed them black with and used the Seamwork’s No.3093 Dani pinafore pattern

The Pussy bow blouse, pattern by

was made out of a linen table clothed, from my wedding that the stains didn’t come out, but talk about good yardage! Slight hack, I slashed and spread the tie pattern piece to give it more of the 70’s style.

The boots I found thrift as well as the brief case.

Lastly, my pin. I wanted to find something to do with justice and with my fine tuned thrifting skills, I found it. A little cheeky, but I love it. Yes, I secretly want to send it to Jill.

A special thank you to Rita Dragonette and Jill Wine-Banks for allowing me to use the photos and to quote Rita’s blog post “The mini skirt prosecutor”