Take One Dress - La Gang a Nat to Do Guincho

By Victoria As-it-Seams - 23:59

The first Monday of the Month - and that means Take One Dress! Take One Dress is the monthly series on As-it-Seams, offering a chain of inspiration to bloggers. (See here for details).
And I am so thrilled that Marta from Do Guincho said yes to the challenge. Marta  lives in Portugal and sews for her two daughters. They look like really fun girls, and she's one of those bloggers that I wished I knew in real life - playdates and sewing chats with Marta would be amazing!
She's also an architect and brings a real sense of vision to her sewing. I knew she would do something really interesting with the challenge posed by La Gang a Nat last month and, of course, she has...

My name is Marta, I blog at DoGuincho and I am delighted to be guest posting at As It Seams. Thank you Victoria for the invitation!

Last month Natalie, the girl being La Gang a Nat, not only made this lovely outfit for her little girl but also choose a superb vintage dress to be an inspiration for my creation.
Natalie’s dress had lots and lots of details I could use, but I decided to pick my favorites: color combination (pink/blue), big box pleats and contrasting zipper.

I’ve started by drafting my ideas on my sketch book (I knew from the start I wanted to use a lace zipper) but then a package from my friend Constanca arrived with these great vintage patterns she bought in New Zealand… One of them was just the right one for my outfit! Lucky me!

And I also already had the right fabric to make my Take One Dress outfit: a blue and white polka dot fabric from my grandmother’s stash. But this was not any polka dot fabric. Actually I had two pieces of fabric: one with “condensed” dots and another one with fewer dots per square meter. But the two of them together looked great.
As the fabric wasn’t enough to make a dress I decide to sew a tunic instead and match it with a pair of basic pink corduroy shorts (using the same self drafted pattern I've used for this denim shorts). I have to say I am in love with this outfit! It has just the right amount of vintage felling but it is also super comfortable! And now I fell like adding lace zippers to all my clothing!

Unfortunately Ines was not in the mood for a photo shot. These photos were taken under my bed sheets as this was the only way I could make her have fun while I was trying to take photos of her new clothes…

Well, choosing a dress to inspire Jenya, the great Russian/Australian blogger from While She Was Sleeping, was a lot harder than I thought. Especially because Victoria and Natalie had made such a great job choosing the previous dresses…
So I e-mailed Victoria asking her to give me some directions and she told me it could be anything! In her own words: “I don't mind what the next garment is, just as long as you think it's inspiring, it can be something you own, but I did also think it could be a historic outfit or film costume or anything really!”.
A film costume would be great, I thought. But a TV series costume would be nice too… I immediately though about Mad Men! Besides liking a lot this series, I love the vintage but modern filling of the costumes. So her it is! This is a dress for Miss Holloway (in a great illustration by Stanley Chow) but, Jenya, fell free to check out other Mad Men costumes and be inspired by them.

Happy sewing, girls!

 Marta! I love it. A box-pleat and exposed zip in one! Genius. Thank you so much for taking the creative story to the next chapter.
And I'm inspired by your Madmen dress - and excited already about Jenya's creation, due to be posted here on March 3. Follow As-it-seams on Blogger, bloglovin, facebook etc if you think you'll need reminding of the next installment !
And if you're inspired to sew along, there's a Take One Dress flickr group. And also let me know and I'll share your creations here!
See you March 3! 

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  1. Oh I LOVE Mad Men - great inspiration choice Marta. Can't wait to see what Jenya will do with that ;)
    I've never seen a lace zip before, it's gorgeous!!

  2. Marta, what a fun outfit! I have never seen a lace zipper before, and now I wan one... hundred! Surely such fun zippers will take away the fear that comes with sewing them in! I have never seen Mad Men, so I might just have to watch a few episodes to get a few ideas, although the dress you have chosen already has a few bits and pieces I would love to use! Thank you Victoria for such a fun series :)

    1. I hope you like the series and get inspired by the vintage outfits the actors wear...
      Can you believe that this zipper was actualy quite easy to sew?

  3. Gorgeous Marta! And I love your under the sheets photoshoot

  4. That's a great outfit Marta! I love the photos, even though she wasn't in the mood, they turned out different and fun.

  5. What a great idea for a blog series. It looks like SO much FUN! I'll be following along and may even sew along on my own if I can get caught up enough on my other projects!

  6. Thank you Victoria for hosting this great series!
    And thank you girls for all your lovely comments!
    I had lots of fun creating this outfit!

  7. Great outfit as always, Marta! I love this series!

  8. Oh Marta, I love this tunic! That zipper over the pleat is really neat... I will have to try that! What great vintage patterns you have! And I truly love all the designs that you sketched yourself... I might have to try to make one of those! Great job Marta, and I love your inspiration dress!


  9. Love everything about this, Marta! The exposed zip combined with the pleat is so unique…never seen that before. And the photos are precious, too!

  10. Marta I didn't know these lace zippers but I really like the idea of using it. It looks great!
    Mad men is a great inspiration ;)

  11. Beautiful dress - I love the subtle contrast of the lace zipper with the fabric. Perfect as always, Marta!!

  12. so cute!!! I just wanted to let you know I just tried to follow you on g+ and your little icon link does work :o) Got you on pinterest though and off to check out more of this lovely series! Emily

  13. I got my gowns more than 3 weeks before expected delivery time. This particular gown is so lovely and what I got is exactly as shown on the picture online and material is high quality.
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