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Seventies Fashion: The Mafia Only Kills in Summer TV series Episodes 7 & 8

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I’m back again with two more episodes from The Mafia Only Kills in Summer, still showing on 4OD. I’ve been realising that it has been taking a shocking time to go through the whole series, but finding all the pattern suggestions and editing the pictures does take a long time, so you’ll have to bear with me. On the positive side, I’m finding that I’m getting so many great ideas for future makes from this. I’m sure many will stay in my head, but I’m sure a couple might make the step into reality.

Episode 7 – A Cuckold and a half

Lorenzo does a little research and finds out why Pia didn’t manage to get her permanent teaching position after all. However, Pia is greatly troubled when her colleague, Antonio, persuades her to look into it even further.

Angela hasn’t had any news from her latest boyfriend, Alfonso, so she asks the police chief, Boris Giuliani, who her brother has befriended what could have happened to him.

Salvatore and his friends are starting an Easter project for school and ask the local priest, Father Giancinto for help, who after a brief account of the religious significance, spends the rest of the time talking about food.

Meanwhile Patrizia tries on wedding dresses for her upcoming wedding to Uncle Massimo and Lorenzo has a narrow escape, when he is unable to pacify his conscience, and decides not to turn up to a meeting that Massimo has arranged.

For this episode I’ve chosen another of Pia’s fantastic jackets. This one is white, with slightly cropped sleeves and top-stitching across the yoke.

Pia's white coat: I wonder what fabric has been used for this coat?

Pia’s white coat: I wonder what fabric has been used for this coat?

 

Clockwise from left: Pia's white coat on set, vintage pattern Butterick 3332, vintage pattern Vogue 1126 and the Marte Coat from Melilot.

Clockwise from left: Pia’s white coat on set, vintage pattern Butterick 3332, vintage pattern Vogue 1126 and the Marte Coat from Melilot.

Episode 8 – Stuffed Aubergines

This episode is probably the most absurd episode in the whole series. The main characters are, of course, fictitious. However, the more peripheral characters are real-life figures, such as Boris Giuliani, who also appeared in the last episode, a police chief from Palermo and in this episode, Tommaso Buscetta, a mafia boss. The mafia figures in the series are portrayed as caricatures, by turns narcissistic, like Buscetta or ruthless, but stupid, like Toto Riina, who also makes appearances throughout the series. In contrast, those who oppose the mafia are portrayed far more sympathetically, like Boris Giuliani, who makes several appearances in the guise of a confidant. I think this is a deliberate.

Patrizia's blue sheer blouse

Patrizia always seems to wear interesting blouses when she visits Massimo in prison.

In prison, Massimo strikes up a friendship with mafia boss, Tommaso Buscetta, who is also an old flame of Pia’s. He has a particular liking for stuffed aubergines, which Pia brings along to the prison visits. With the help of his new friend, Massimo and Patrizia’s wedding finally goes ahead.

Massimo and Patrizia's wedding

Massimo and Patrizia’s wedding

Salvatore is feeling sad because everyone around him is unhappy. But when he makes a shocking discovery about Sebastiano, one of his school friends, Salvatore realises he can at least make one person happy and arranges a special surprise for him.

In terms of the fashions worn by the characters, this episode is all about Patrizia. She wears a number of different shirts for her prison visits (see also above), including a fantastic embroidered western-style shirt.

Clockwise from left: Patrizia's embroidered Western shirt on set, vintage pattern Kwik Sew 454, vintage pattern Simplicity 7051, from Jolaine shirt Republique du chiffon.

Clockwise from left: Patrizia’s embroidered Western shirt on set, vintage pattern Kwik Sew 454, vintage pattern Simplicity 7051, from Jolaine shirt Republique du chiffon.

And of course, there is the wedding dress.

It was quite hard to find patterns that emulate the wedding dress, although I think the vintage pattern McCall 3329 comes quite close, with View B. For the modern equivalents it was even trickier. Ever noticed that bridal dresses hardly ever have long sleeves these days? Anyway View C in the Vogue pattern with the long sleeves, maxi length and v-neck comes fairly close.

Clockwise from top left: Patrizia’s wedding dress, vintage pattern McCalls 3329, vintage pattern McCalls 4207 and Vogue pattern V9328

Author: steelyseamstress

Sewing a new wardrobe

3 thoughts on “Seventies Fashion: The Mafia Only Kills in Summer TV series Episodes 7 & 8

  1. Not sure what the coat is made of, could it be wool? You are finding some great patterns for coats. The double breasted trench style one in corduroy would look amazing. I do love some of the seventies wedding dress patterns probably because I like a high neck and I think McCalls 4207 is just beautiful 🙂

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