Mad Men Sewalong – Progress!


Over the Easter weekend I finally made some progress on the dress I’m making for Julia Bobin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge. Ages ago I let you know that I was going to attempt to recreate Betty Draper’s cocktail from the season 4 poster.


I will be using this navy, teal and gold brocade that I bought of Etsy at the begging of last year. I’ll be making this dress using a vintage pattern – McCalls 6564 circa 1962. Last time I made this dress I made it out of a deep blue velvet and I loved it! I still wear it, but it is definitely a winter dress (we’ve been having quite the Indian Summer here in New Zealand).


So what have I actually done since we last touched on this topic? WELL ACTUALLY (she said a little too defensively) I made a muslin. I know – I never make muslins! I convinced myself to do it by thinking that I could use said muslin as the dress lining if there wasn’t too much to change. And as it turns out all I did was take 1cm off the shoulders and subsquently lower the neckline and the armholes to match.


If you look closely you’ll see that the dress has bust darts, plus two darts on either side at the front and another four on the back. It has quite a high neckline and a deep V-back. Do you know haw many tailors tacks that is? Approximately a million. However, I decided as it was a long weekend that I would diligently put them all in – I know – you’re all so proud of me.

Who else is doing Julia’s Mad Men Dress Challenge?

23 thoughts on “Mad Men Sewalong – Progress!”

  1. There are indeed many darts but the fit is going to be beautiful. I love your choice of fabric for this dress.


  2. It looks like it will be beautiful! I did think about sewing something up for the challange, but I don’t know if I have time at this point… maybe I’ll see what I can do this weekend.


  3. You’re so good doing proper tailors tacks, but even though people they say they are fast, they take forever! I’m still hand basting lace so don’t worry, you’re progressing well!


  4. Whoa! That sounds like a lot of taylor tacks, I can barely be arsed to put the notches in, let alone do that much hand sewing! 😮 (And no, I’m not a Brit, but I’ve always wanted to use that phrase!) 😛 I think it’s going to be fabulous, the pattern is gorgeous, the fabric is gorgeous, it’s a no brainer! 🙂


  5. Good job on doing all of the tailors tacks! I always just mark with chalk or a pin LOL I’m a lazy seamstress. Good luck on the project – I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Mine is finished, I just have to make the post 🙂


  6. Looks like you are making good progress with your mad men challenge. You are putting some of us to shame. And by some of us I mean me – I haven’t even started mine yet. Can I use the excuse that I am watching all of the seasons before I make the decision which dress I want to recreate?! Hehe, Love your choice of fabric, can’t wait to see your finished piece.


    1. That lime green is my ironing board, the lining is a pinky-purple colour. Yes chalk can be a lot easier but it doesn’t really “stick” into my lining fabric unfortunately.


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