Monday, August 12, 2013

One Mint Julep

Given the sweltering heat and humidity that Doug Monce and I endured at our shoot yesterday, I think a mint julep might have been wonderfully refreshing! Luckily, the sweet n' minty 1940s frock that Carla of Jitterbug Dress made for me is a refreshing delight all on its own!
I choose an early 40s Hollywood Pattern with a gathered skirt and puffed sleeves (I am always a sucker for those early 40s looks, and just can't get enough), and I think it turned out just swell made up in mint green cotton adorned with a fantastic novelty print of "threaded" ribbons and bows (from Gertie's Fine Fabrics.)
Carla is a skilled seamstress with a great eye for details—she made covered buttons for this style, overlocked the seams, and made coordinating shoulder pads, all details that I really love to see in reproduction clothing. The fit was spot on too! As I mentioned in my previous post, Carla recently opened up her online shop, Jitterbug Dress, and she is offering custom recreations from a wide variety of vintage patterns. She has an extensive collection of 1940s-60s styles—everything from dresses to pajamas and even maternity wear—or you can send her a special pattern of your own. Although she is based in Arizona, she is able to sew for customers worldwide—just send her your measurements and the fabric of your choosing. I highly recommend her work (and if you are local, she has top-notch alterations skills too), so if you see something you like on her site or have a certain outfit in mind, please drop her a line and tell her I sent you!
Amanda Lee



  1. So tremendously pretty, feminine and classic as summer is warm! You look radiantly lovely in your new custom made 40s frock, honey.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Such a perfect summer dress, love the mint color too!

  3. This is such a beautiful colour and it looks amazing on you! I can't wait to find a dress that I can also get Carla to create, as yours is such a dream! x

  4. The dress turned out beautiful!

  5. I. Want. That. Dress. It looks so comfortable and that print is adorable! Dresses for everyday use is the best isn't it? Too many women are in jeans and a tee shirt, but they don't realize that dresses are really much more comfortable and also easier to slip into every morning. And I'm not even mentioning the elegance of a dress!