If you’ve watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s hard not to be captivated by Midge’s endless wardrobe and the 1940s fashion. There is so much sewing inspiration packed into this hilarious show, and I could not help but compile some of my favorites in anticipation for the new season. Several articles have also been written about Midge’s outfits, including this one from NPR I particularly like.
There are a variety of halter top patterns similar to those sported by Midge, including the Simplicity 5555 tie top. The Dana Point Top from Itch to Stitch is another take on the halter but features buttons down the front. Mimi G’s S9097 also has so many possibilities, and I can picture this in the iconic rainbow stripped fabric dress above. Looking for other patterns inspired by Midge in the Catskills. Check out Simplicity 1426 vintage top, or Cali Faye’s Dress 47.
There are sooo many options for vintage button-up tops. The Salt and Pepper Dress from Lara Sanner has some cute details that can be both a top and dress. Sew Over It Penny Dress/top is another option with a vintage feel. Seamwork also has several options including the Willis Top and Violet Top. Simplicity (8445) also has a great vintage pattern with a statement collar, so does ‘Til The Sun Goes Down (Amelia Blouse). For a long sleeve option, check out Seamwork Rachel.
For 1940s leisure wear I also highly recommend Gertie’s Sew Vintage Casual book, which features full pattern pieces and many hacks. The book includes a cigarette pants pattern, a knit top pattern, a camp collar shirt, and more.
Midge’s coats are pretty spectacular. Gertie’s Princess Coat is a long coat with a lot of drama, similar in detail to the Colette Lady Grey Coat. Sew Over It’s Chloe Coat is a little more simple, with clean lines and a vintage feel, same with their 1960’s coat which features double-breasted buttons. The Collette Anise coat is a shorter version of the double-breasted jacket with an adorable collar. I also like the simple collar of By Hand London’s Juliet Coat, similar to Seamwork’s Jill Coat.
Midge’s elegant dresses are simply endless. A simple search of vintage/1940s dress patterns also results in soo many possibilities. Here are just a couple that remind me of Midge. I love the sweetheart neckline on this Simplicity 8691 dress. Vogue’s 1738 is a vintage pattern from the late 1940s that is extremely elegant as well. The Anne Dress from By hand London is a modern twist on the elegant dress that is absolutely stunning. I also really like the closing of the Vogue 9370, and can picture Midge wearing something very similar. Other favorites include Number 16 Sevilla Dress, the Colette Ceylon dress, Simplicity 8460, Tilly and the Button Etta Dress, Gertie’s Liz Dress (looks very similar to the red number above), Butterick 5708 (elegant tie shoulder dress), and Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress
Midge doesn’t wear work wear, or two pieces often, but I particularly liked these two combinations. That plaid two piece remind me of Sew Over It Coco Jacket and Colette’s Iris shorts. While her woking outfit is a bit harder to place, there are several vintage sewing patterns that it remind me of, including Simplicity 3337 and 8251, both of which might be tricky to track down but they do exist.