Wrap up your “Grease is the Word” projects!

It’s nearly time to choose the winners of the Grease Sewalong!

The deadline will be midnight GMT on  Sunday 16th November so please join the Flickr group here:


and upload your pics by then for a chance to win a fabric bundle from the lovely Minerva crafts people.

Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with – there’s some really cute entries in already!  I am hoping I manage to finish mine as I’ve had my machine packed away for weeks due to home renovations!

Grease Is The Word Inspiration – The Bad Girls!

Hi Sewcialists!

Did you see Rachel’s great post on Grease good Girl sewing inspiration?  If not, you can read it here.  I love it!  I was 100% decided on a bad girl inspired look but she’s swaying me to the land of circle skirts and peter pan collars!

In my opinion, all the best clothes in Grease are worn by the Bad Girls – who doesn’t love Rizzo and Marty in a pencil skirt?  And Frenchie with the pink hair?  Jan maybe not so much!

The essential make is the Pink Ladies jacket.  It’s a simple collared jacket with a zip in the front.

It’s suprisingly hard to find a pattern match for this – maybe as the winter patterns have hit so everything has switched to coats (sorry, southern hemisphere!)

How about Butterick 5683, Kwik Sew 3890?  Or if you prefer an indie pattern, the Papercut Rigel bomber (very Grease 2!)?

jacket collage

I didn’t know until I was researching this post that the Pink Ladies had certain colour palettes – Frenchie always wore spring colours, Marty wore more blues and greens, Rizzo wore bright colours and lots of black and Jan, well, I’m not entirely sure – brown tartan?

The bad girls wore much more grown up clothes that definitely harked more towards the sleeker lines of the 60s rather than the full skirts of the 50s.  For me the styles that stand out are the capri pants and pencil skirts.  Here’s some ideas of patterns you might use:

capris inspiration

pencil skirt inspiration

And no round up of Grease bad girls would be complete without Bad Sandy:

sandy inspiration

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas for your bad girl look.  Have you decided what you are making yet?  I’m leaning towards this look of Rizzo’s personally!

rizzo in black

Theme for October – Grease is the Word!



Hi Sewcialists!  I’m Joanne and I blog over at Sew Little Time .  After much discussion on Twitter about the theme for October, we decided to resurrect an idea we all got excited about some time ago – the Grease sewalong!

Hosting with me are the lovely Claire from Sew Incidentally  and equally lovely Rachel from The Hollywood Sew.  Throughout the month, we’ll be posting pattern and fabric inspiration to get you going on choosing what to make, whether that is a recreation of an outfit from the film, or a look inspired by it.

The film was made in 1978, based on a 1971 musical, but set in 1959.  So you can take your inspiration from a wide range of styles from the 1950s and early 60s, from poodle to pencil skirts and sweaters to shirts.  There are even dance dresses to consider.

And the best part?  Minerva Crafts have kindly agreed to offer a fabric bundle to the maker of the best garment or outfit!  To be eligible for the prize, please post a pic to the Flickr group (https://www.flickr.com/groups/2741401@N23/) – to avoid Flickr weirdos, you have to request to join but we’ll approve asap!  To give you time to sew and photograph, the closing date will be 15th November, with the winner chosen shortly after.  Garments should be made between now and then, no previous makes to be entered please!

I’ll leave you with a song that’s been stuck in my head pretty much since we started planning this sewalong – you’re welcome for the earworm!

So what do you think?  Are you in?