This is the third year she has hosted this challenge but the first time that I’ve participated. I don’t actually watch the show (I tried once, but I hated the characters so much after the first episode that I had no desire to watch more, even despite the fabulous clothes- maybe I’m just weird!).Â I still couldn’t resist the idea of making an outfit from my favorite style era, so I decided to participate anyway. From what I can tell, my dress most closely resembles the style of Betty Draper:
I had to get out a vintage scarf, pin, and sunglasses!
I decided that I would make myself use one of the many vintage patterns I’ve been stashing away, and I chose this one, Simplicity 1191. I thought it was from the late fifities or early sixties, but a quick look-up on the Vintage Patterns Wiki
showed it was actually earlier- from 1955.
I had to grade my pattern up a few sizes, which made me a bit nervous. I used the technique which Casey of Elegant Musings
explains in these posts (One, Two
, and Three
) and I’m happy to report that it worked very well despite an initial miscalculation that resulted in a way-too-big muslin! My only issue came in trying to match the grading on the skirt. The pleats ended up being totally different from the original pattern but I think they managed to look alright anyway. Just don’t look too closely, ok?
I bought my fabric at Birch Fabrics
on a fun fabric shopping trip with my friend Erin of Miss Crayola Creepy
. I was so happy to find a good fabric
on sale for only $5 a yard! I think that it really fits with the 50s/60s style. (It’s sold out, but you might be able to find some on another site if you’re interested!). I’m also proud to say that I used buttons from my stash and didn’t have to go out and buy more! (If you saw how many buttons I have you’d understand why I love de-stashing).
Erin and I got together last weekend so we could snap some pictures of our Mad Men Challenge creations:
I lined the bodice with a white cotton-poly blend. I was going to line the skirt too, but it ended up way too heavy and bulky. The pleats greatly reduce the see-through factor anyway! I gave it a wide (3-inch) hem and hand-stitched it with a catch stitch
Just in case you might want to know: belt: Target, shoes: Old Navy, cardigan: Target, pin: vintage, scarf: vintage, sunglasses: Anthropologie, earrings: a Renegade SF vendor, leather bow: my shop
Here’s to fun sewing challenges and for having great sewing friends to share them with! Thanks Erin!
In the spirit of getting into the 1960s theme, I couldn’t resist making Phillip take some pictures of me with “props” around the house:
This cake-carrier picture is my favorite, even though I look pretty cheesy. It’s fun to dress up like my kitchen!
Hope you enjoyed this post! Did you participate in this challenge too? I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with!