Mad Men Sewalong – Progress!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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?

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23 thoughts on “Mad Men Sewalong – Progress!”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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! 🙂

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  4. 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 🙂

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  5. 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.
    xXx

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    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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