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Seventies Fashion: The Mafia Only Kills in Summer TV series Episodes 11 & 12

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Welcome back for the final two episodes of “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer” TV series set in the seventies. Yes, I know that it’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts, but if there is one thing that 2020 keeps on teaching me, it is to relax and not fret when I don’t have time for things like updating this blog.

The series is still showing on 4OD and my previous episode recaps are here:

Episodes 1 and 2

Episodes 3 and 4

Episodes 5 and 6

Episodes 7 and 8

Episodes 9 and 10

Episode 11 – Men of their word

It’s the penultimate episode of the series and the Giammarresi family are facing some tough decisions.

The Giammarresis’ new flat seems to have finally materialised, a flat where the water supply is reliable. However Lorenzo finds it hard to share his family’s happiness at their good fortune; he is still plagued by his conscience.

The Giammarresi family stand around in the new flat

The Giammarresi family stand around in the new flat

Massimo is finding his new job demands a heavy price. Will he be able to continue on the path he’s chosen?

Angela has realised too late that she has feelings for Torino, but seems unable to put things right.

Most serious of all, Salvatore is worried that he won’t manage to win Alice’s heart before she moves to Switzerland. He enlists the help of his friend, Boris Giuliani.

There weren’t too many interesting outfits in this episode, mostly because the story was focussed heavily on the male characters (who were also wearing rather dull clothes), but Patrizia’s halter neck dress in a floral print and Angela’s shirt with its interesting stripe placement stood out.

Clockwise from left: Patrizia’s halter neck dress on set, vintage pattern Simplicity 5626, vintage pattern Simplicity 5561, Burda 113 02/2017

The Practical pattern is probably the closest match to Angela’s shirt, although the Frances shirt from DG Patterns has very similar design lines, even if it is a much looser silhouette.

 

Clockwise from left: Angela’s striped shirt on set, vintage pattern Practical 6992, Frances shirt from DG vintage pattern Simplicity 6228.

I also enjoyed the interior of the Bank Manager’s Officer in the scenes with Lorenzo. How quintessentially seventies is this? Actually those easy chairs look rather comfortable.

Lorenzo visits the Trinacria bank to finalise the deal on the new flat

Lorenzo visits the Trinacria bank to finalise the deal on the new flat

Episode 12 – Little Heroes

We come to the final episode of the series. Lorenzo, as usual, reflects on his family’s dilemmas and Massimo, berated by Patrizia, for skulking off in the middle of the night, has his own problems to consider.

Patrizia and Massimo seem to have fallen out.

Patrizia and Massimo seem to have fallen out. Is that rik-rak I can see finishing the neckline?

Meanwhile, on the night that their lives all change for ever, Salvatore arranges a magical final date with Alice and Angela finally sorts out her love-life.

Angela sulks in her room

Angela sulks in her room

In short, will the Giammarresi family live happily ever after in Sicily or have their choices made it too dangerous for them?

Just for something a little different, I looked for Pia’s dressing gown. The Buchanan from Gather is a very close match, although the vintage patterns have length of the one worn by Pia.

 

Clockwise from top left: Buchanan dressing gown by Gather, Pia's dressing gown on set, vintage pattern Style 2656, vintage pattern Simplicity 5685

Clockwise from top left: Buchanan dressing gown by Gather, Pia’s dressing gown on set, vintage pattern Style 2656, vintage pattern Simplicity 5685

One of the things that I love about the character’s clothing is that they all have their own individual styles. This is just the kind of dress Patrizia wears with a plunging neckline (see also above for a close-up of the bodice).

Clockwise from top left: vintage pattern McCalls 4028, Patrizia’s dress on set, vintage pattern Simplicity 6661, vintage pattern Simplicity S8875

Author: steelyseamstress

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