|This is the face I make when I have to take photos around the swarms of people in my neighborhood. Lovely, isn't it?|
I had the hardest time picking an inspiration dress for JuliaBobbin's Mad Men Challenge- there were too many to choose from! I ended up settling on one of Peggy's dresses.
Then I stumbled across this vintage pattern on Etsy. I'm cheap and I like to make things complicated for myself, so I re-created the look by making a bunch of modifications to a couple of patterns I already had.
I really loved making this dress, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. It's not too costumey or "big" for work - as much as I love a full skirt, I don't have as many opportunities to wear them because I always feel out of place in them at work. I can't wait to add this dress to the rotation - it's "me," but not too much.
|The sleeve hem is folded under here :( But it's the best photo I have of the back.|
I can't wait to see what other Mad Men-inspired outfits everyone else makes!
Fabric: Navy cotton sateen & a lighter weight red cotton.
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 and 2209, modified beyond recognition. The bodice is Simplicity 2444, with the two front darts rotated into a single French dart. I changed the back to a V. The sleeves were from Simplicity 2444, but I ended up with mysterious extra ease in the sleeve cap and made them gathered. The skirt is from Simplicity 2209, with the pleats changed to darts in the back and gathers in the front. I also slimmed down the skirt to be less of an a-line shape (next time I would take out less), and added the inverted pleat to the center. The dress is unlined, and all seams are bound in Hug Snug.
New Techniques: Bias bound neckline, 2nd hand-picked zipper.