The day has come! It's time for the Mad Men Premiere and, the debut of my Mad Men inspired dress for Julia Bobbin's SAL. What do you think?
I had a lot of fun with this project. My inspiration was the floral sundress Betty wears in season1. I used McCall 5842 to sew my version. The dress I sewed doesn't look anything like the dress in the show, but it definitely carries a Betty aesthetic with its full skirt and bold floral print.
I modified the bodice to accommodate zero ease throughout the torso and whacked 6 inches from the skirt length, but, otherwise, stuck to the pattern. The skirt length isn't authentic to the era; it's an editorial modernization that I took liberty with based on my own preferences. The dress fits, nearly perfectly. I'm beyond thrilled with the finished project and see myself wearing this dress TONS this summer.
I had a complete blast photographing this dress, (if you couldn't tell by the obscene number of photos), and trying to "get into character'. Truth be told, I'm just too happy to pull-off a believable "Betty Draper" .
To date, this is my favorite dress I've made. After a success like this, it's hard not to dive head-first into the other projects I have picked out for the sprint/summer season. Meanwhile, I'm trying my hardest not to toss in towel on my current sweater project... but we're growing apart; I'm not sure if we can make things work.
If you've made it this far into the post, you're probably sick of pictures, but I couldn't resist a twirling series. No matter how old I get, swirling skirts is always fun.
That's it for me. I'll be impatiently waiting for itunes to download tonight's episode so I'm able to get my fix; the anticipation is agonizing! :-D Be sure to tune in to Julia Bobbin's on April 1 to see all of the amazing creations contributed to the MadMen Dress Challenge!
3/25/2012 05:19:57 pm
Oh "Betty" you look wonderful! I love it!!!!
3/25/2012 10:46:26 pm
Oh wow! It looks amazing and it is perfect for you! I can definitely imagine Betty wearing it. I'm sure that it will be a favorite for many years to come.
3/26/2012 07:35:36 am
You amaze me, your dress is awesome! You are so talented!
I just simply can't believe you made that dress-------It's just so perfect in every way--and fits beautifully!!!! The pictures are amazing!!! (love the reclining sofa ones!) It's awfully hard to have any loyalty to a sweater when spring/summer is right around the corner--dress/sundress season!!! Go for it--you've got some other amazing patterns picked out.
Absolutely beautiful! This popped up on my blog reader and I immediately knew what dress this was and immediately thought of the Mad Men Challenge. Now that I see your inspiration piece, I do notice the differences, but unless I have the 2 dresses side-by-side, I wouldn't have noticed. Amazing job! I absolutely love it & can't wait to be a seamstress like you, one day.
3/28/2012 09:17:05 am
Oh how gorgeous! You have a definite talent for sewing! Amazing!
4/8/2012 08:07:29 pm
I'm banging my head against the my laptop screen. I wish I had your dressmaking talent. That is an insanely gorgeous dress.
4/15/2013 07:36:04 am
wow. just wow! (and your toenails match! :) )
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