Friday, 14 May 2010

'We are the Mods!'

Hello dearest readers :). I would like to quickly apologise for my very very long absence (a month... ahh). I had a little break from blogging for a few reasons, primarily that my laptop is broken (a blogger without a laptop?!), and secondly, because its that time of year again... exam time! So do bear with me over the next 2 months - I'll try and get a post out once a week, but I've got to knuckle down and get these grades so I can get into uni in September! I hope you'll understand!

Now onto the post!
Some of you may recognise the title of this post - it is in fact a quote from my new favourite film of all time, Quadrophenia. Released in 1979, the film focuses on the 60s Mod subculture - with the clothes, scooters and music that go with it. Apart from being generally good vintage 'eye-candy', the film is great watch in its own right (so watch it!!!).

After watching the film, I just HAD to make myself a Mod dress that wouldn't look too out of place in a scooter rally to Brighton on a bank holiday afternoon. I found the pattern on eBay - yep, its a genuine vintage pattern! I felt so cruel cutting out the shapes, but it had to be done. (Does anyone else feel like you should leave vintage patterns intact?). With a few adjustments, I had the perfect dress for me ♥. The collar was surprisingly simple to do!

Now, Mods wouldn't be Mods without the other essential bit of gear - the fishtail parka. I found this one in H&M a few weeks ago for £30. It's not actually a fishtail parka... in fact, I'm not sure if it really is a parka at all, but I love it nonetheless and I can tell me and the coat are going to be bestfriends - especially as it's my only piece of 'practical' clothing.

Now all I need is a scooter...

Hope you like the photos! I went to a new location today to take them. It was rather chilly. And the cows in the next field kept staring at me...

Sadie xxx

37 comments:

Shabna said...

Missed you! I have AS exams :(

tor said...

aww lovely photos!! That dress is so cute too... it reminds me of the high school dresses on Home & Away haha! xx

Faux Naif said...

ahh you are ridiculously talented. that dress is just beautiful. good luck with exams!

Modesty is Pretty said...

this dress is way too cute! You are great at sewing, I could never sew something like this..but hopefully one day I will learn how to sew. =)

Jessica said...

So cute and by the way, doth my eyes deceive me.. or does that umbrella actually match your dress?? P.s. Love your shoes too, you've got rockin style.

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

Such a lovely dress. Well done! I can't even bring myself to cut up new magazines, so I don't know how I'd fare with a vintage pattern haha.

Good luck with exams :)

Polly Farthing said...

Sadie! Wow you look truly amazing! I can't believe you made that dress yourself you are so so talented. You were in Brighton? How did you get on there? I'm currently is LA so haven't been in my home town for a while myself.

I had a break from blogging as I have been travelling a bit but now I am back and wanted to say hello. I absolutely love your blog your style is awesome.

All the best

Polly x

MAURANNE said...

love your outfit!!

Kat said...

i adore this outfit, and HAVE to see this film!!!! asif you manage to find time to makes such wonderful outfits! ive got quite alot of patterns but have no time due to horrible exams D: which uni you thinking of going to?
yeah, i know what you mean, i'm scared of going wrong and ruining perfectly good material! haha

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I am so jealous of your sewing skills. The clothes you make always look amazing. These photos are also great.

Crafter-holic said...

This style really really suits you - it looks like you are actually from the 60's, awesome!

Ali said...

looks lovely, it's just like all of Monkey's dresses! and I've been wanting to get myself a parka like that forever. I did a post on Quadrophenia here

Reverie said...

I love the cut of your dress and your parker, lovely outfit :) x

denise said...

you look so pretty in this dress and i just cant believe you made it by yourself :O
was it difficult??
xx.

Helen said...

that dress is great! i had a parka when i was a teenager, i loved it. mine was an ex german army coat, so warm and practical. i scribbled 'the queen is dead' on the back of it, when i was in my smiths phase!

EleanorRose said...

very cute dress, i love it with the socks! i really need a parka coat, pronto!

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xxx

Hat said...

I would BUY that dress!!

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Shallow Mallow said...

I love the matching umbrella. The Mighty Boosh comes to mind when I think of you as Queen of the Mods ;-)

rena; mockingbird. said...

wowee. how amazing! love this blog, will definitely be following!

xx rena.

http://innocentbirdy.blogspot.com

Marion said...

beautiful dress;)

Manja said...

Oh the dress with that little peter pan collar is adorable! Your whole outfit it, in fact! I really need to sew more, I think that everytime I visit your blog and other blogs where the lovely ladies always present their newly sewn clothes :)

Sam said...

Oh my, you did a wonderful job on the dress! I wouldn't even know you've made if you haven't said it. It looks so good!
And you look absolutely wonderful! :)

Jen said...

I'm so glad you're back in business! The dress is just fantastic, you've done an amazing job. And very mod-like too! A success all round, I think.

melindaa said...

youre gorgeous and that dress is really cute, you must be an amazing seamstress :]

Lou said...

Lovely dress! This has inspired me to look for a similar dress pattern to make myself! Was it difficult to make?

http://craftyandquirky.blogspot.com/ x

Sanja Lydia said...

I am glad i am following you. You are the first i spotted around here. Keep it up.
And if you have some time come and see what did i came up with xoxo

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

Cute and sweet dress,and there's also a matching umbrella,look really lovely together.
Nice blog here ;)

TJWisdom said...

Beautiful dress, very pretty.

Little Treasures said...

I love your dress! The lovely Pan collar makes it truly gorgeous!

Cherry Pullinger said...

That's amazing! My dad's favourite film is Quadrophenia and he still loves everything Mod.

delicate diaries said...

oh my days!! you cut up vintage patterns?? I always have to trace over it with huuuuuuge sheets of tracing paper and then cut the tracing paper out, maybe you could do that? I could never cut up a pattern,,, this dress looks so lovely I do say though.... xx

tamy said...

I love your dress...nice pictures by the way...:)

sophiemakesthings said...

this dress is amazing! i love 60's mod style with the peter pan collars, the fabric is loooveely :) good luck in your exams too! :) xxx

E. E. Cassidy said...

Love your post!
Quadrophenia is one of my favorite films.
I hope you will check out my film, We Are the Mods. The main character name is Sadie.

I just posted a new trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55wCJhG199w

It screens in Los Angeles for one week July 16 - 23

WeAretheMods.com for more information
Cheers,
E. E. Cassidy

Anonymous said...

I'm from Australia, I have no idea who you are, and I just stumbled upon this blog while googling mod fashion for a college project, but I felt compelled to tell you that I think you're absolutely gorgeous and that dress is adorable.

Harry Pothead said...

Um, this feels slightly funny, but I bumped into your blog while doing a quick search on "Quadrophenia", and saw this...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0Fq61DZdIKs/S-28ACK4tYI/AAAAAAAAA6Y/bqfGarTv8No/s1600/quadrophenia.jpg

....and felt I had to say something...because that look is very strong! Those shots look like classics - top quality. Although I can't deny the threads make me a touch uneasy because, well they're slightly redolent of schoolgirl threads. Awkward moment... :/

Oh, and on the digital radio show I had on, I swear the Who's "A quick one..." has just started up...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01cz4f1

Spookeh!

karl clarke said...

very nice dress, i got a scooter 1963 Lambretta li 150, you should definitely get one or a Vespa offcourse