MadMen 3 Challenge Dress

Can’t believe I haven’t watched Season 6 yet.   Too busy sewing my MadMen Dress for the Challenge hosted by the lovely Julia Bobbin.

Actually I have cheated outrageously on this challenge as I actually made my dress last summer.   I had planned on making a 60’s two piece dress for this year’s challenge, using a lovely original vintage pattern.   However that has had to wait due to curtains, blinds and upholstery projects.   Think I need to give up my day job!!!

More than a bit crushed, but remember - it is only March in Scotland - so still at the back of the wardrobe!
More than a bit crushed, but remember – it is only March in Scotland – so still at the back of the wardrobe!
The dress Betty is wearing in the photo on the right has many similar features to my dress.
The dress Betty is wearing in the photo on the right has many similar features to my dress.
Love all of these!
Love all of these!

 

The pattern was from as US seller on Etsy and although the packaging was in quite poor condition, the pattern itself was perfect.   No adjustments were made to sizing at all (due to good luck rather than good judgement).   I decided on version 2, sleeveless and with concealed buttons under a central placket.

 

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I used a pindot cotton print in French Navy and Cream and lined the dress in royal blue silk with an underlined bodice.   The buttonholes and placket were a new challenge for me but, despite how it looks in the photo, when the dress is ironed it all looks great.

I decided to go all out with a self fabric belt and the buckle is an original vintage plastic which I had in my button box.

 

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This is probably the the nicest vintage pattern I have ever used
This is probably the the nicest vintage pattern I have ever used

To add a bit of a twist the dress also looks good with a tan leather belt.

In the photo I am wearing (not that you can see them) a fabby pair of vintage marcasite and faux pearl clip on earrings, which I love but which are pure agony on the earlobes after about 2 minutes.

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I have loved taking part in the Challenge this year and, all going well, I will have my two piece ready 2015!!!

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I really should have ironed the dress before the photos were taken!
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2 thoughts on “MadMen 3 Challenge Dress”

  1. This dress looks like an original 50s shirt dress- i love it!! And i love that blue pin dot fabric. Gorgeous belt too, and yep i bet a tan leather belt changes up the look quite a bit. I find a contrasting belt really adds a modern feel to my vintage style dresses and kind of casuals them down a little. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Ami. I really loved making this dress. Your gingham shirt dress was the inspiration and the pattern, luckily worked and fitted without any alteration. The cotton was from Ditto Fabrics online and was great to handle. Wish I was better at photography. My daughter agreed to take photos at very short notice and I hadn’t even ironed the dress properly beforehand. Loving your recent silk projects by the way. Ann x

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