Dressing as a Downton Lady or Gent

Along with many others, I am totally addicted to Downton Abbey. Lady Edith just can’t get any kind of break, Lady Mary lost the love of her life, and poor Lady Sybil! I love the characters and the drama of their lives, but really. The CLOTHES! It is not exactly all about the clothes, but….well, actually it is. πŸ˜‰


Andover has created a line of Downton Abbey fabrics, and now Interweave, owned by F&W, has produced The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews, which is a magazine chock full of modern versions of Downton Abbey fashions, accessories, and home dec items. Most of the patterns are available through free downloadable PDFs. I haven’t had a chance to make any of them up yet, but I have definitely been drooling over some of the designs.


I have no idea where I would wear this lovely lace creation, but I.Want.It. Sooo pretty and feminine. Since it is a “tabard” (kind of like a pinafore) I could take it off before I clean the toilets or teach a sew camp, right? πŸ˜‰


Pretty pillows!


I wonder if I could get my husband to wear that vest? Very Tom Branson, eh?


Hahahahaha. No. Just no.


I have no flapper vibe, but I still think this is stinkin’ cute. I would totally wear it if I were in my roaring’ 20’s!


Both of these designs are totally wearable, don’t you think?


SOOOO smart! Love the blazer and double-heart the jeans. Look at those front pocket zips; smashing, right?


I am wearing that headpiece on the right to my next ASG meeting. Or maybe grocery shopping. I AM a sewing goddess, after all. πŸ˜‰


Accessories too!

Now the kindly folks at F & W Media sent me an extra copy of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews magazine, and I am dying to give it to YOU! Leave me a comment about your favorite outfit and why you love it, and I will send you this magazine quick as can be. You have until July 11 to leave a comment (include your email please!!), and sorry, but U.S. shipping only.

In case you are not the lucky winner, you can also purchase the magazine online too!

Happy sewing!





53 Responses to Dressing as a Downton Lady or Gent

  1. I love more than one: the silky short for my girls, the grey coat, the blue jacket and the jeans…. And I’m sure the dress on the cover will be stunning…. I so want to win πŸ˜‰. Thanks for the giveaway

  2. The jeans outfit – I would be “hunting” slugs in it when I garden (though they might be just a bit too nice to garden in!)

  3. Oh Maris! Where do I start? Do I REALLY have to choose only one?

    Let’s see. The lace dress is gorgeous!!! I think I will have it just for the sake of looking at it (no place to go with that beauty neither)

    IF I have to choose something more practical, I agree with both comments above me. The jeans and the pretty coat will be my favorites.

  4. Do I have to pick just one? (sigh) I am loving those jeans, but I see myself more in the lace tabard, I could rock that.

  5. I like the grey tailored coat, personally. However, I am seeing this magazine as a very nice prize for our State 4-H Fashion Revue winner. She/he would possibly choose the tunic style dress or one of the coats or the vest or the accessories or…We have some very talented 4-H sewists and this would be great inspiration for them.

  6. Would love to make the out and about wrap, with the jeans and that satchel! I think those three pieces can be my go to pieces for the Fall.

  7. I would love to make the flapper dress — it’d be great both for Gatsby nights and for swing dancing parties! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  8. So many fabulous looking outfits in this magazine! I love it! I’d love to make that lace dress… the bohemian satchel…The Sporting Jacket.. The Maids Coat. DIVINE!

  9. Surely I would make the lace dress, tabard design. Really, think about where you could wear it! Church, upscale shopping, shoot, downscale shopping [grocery store!] I have discovered that whenever I wear a dress, a really nice, pretty womanly dress I get the nicest compliments from total strangers! Which has led me to wear more dresses, of course. Unfortunately our culture has has been dressing more and more sloppily for the last 20 years so when someone shows up at the hardware store in a dress, everyone seems so pleased! Try a hat–if you really want compliments!

  10. Love Downton Abbey! My favorite show and I have always loved that time period and seeing the costumes is just as much fun as watching the show. Seriously love several of those patterns. The tunic and the maid’s coat would be tops it looks like.

  11. Hi SewMaris, what breath-taking classy designs! I would sew the Maid’s day out coat and the “Out and about Shrug” first because I am in need for something for the winter. If there is a pattern for the burgundy top on the lace chocker picture, I’d sew that next.

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