It's no secret that I'm a die hard fan of Mad Men. Everything about it is just so well done: the complexity of the characters, the superb acting (I'm not a fan of child actors but the girl who plays Sally Draper needs some kind of award, she's mesmerising), the excellent, excellent writing, but above all - the clothes. In the first couple of series, the late 1950's gear worn by Betty, Peggy and Joan had me virtually passing out in front of the TV each week. So when I read on JuliaBobbin that she was hosting a challenge to sew your favourite Mad Men influenced dress, I was in like a shot. Check out the details of the challenge here.
So the big question, which dress to sew? It was a toughy I can tell you, as well as replicating the style of a Mad Men dress, I knew I wanted to sew something I'd be likely to wear. I did initially want to try my hand at this gorgeous green cocktail dress of Joan's.
But realistically, I don't go to enough posh events to wear it and this needed to be a dress I would wear on a regular basis. I eventually decided on a wiggle shirt dress.
I have a real soft spot for shirt dresses and actually need a more fitted one. I've got a few vintage shirt dress patterns, but sadly, none of them were quite right. I knew I'd recognise the right pattern when I saw it though. Then yesterday, just before we were about to go out for what turned out to be a 6 mile hike around the park (I blame having boys, they need exercising like dogs), I put in a quick search on Etsy. Look what came up????!!!!
And it's my size!!!! Ten seconds later it was MINE. The thrill of that purchase gave me the best high I'd had for ages (I live a very mild mannered life). As soon as I get my mitts on the pattern I'll be starting work on my dress. The pattern's from a US seller so I just hope I don't have to endure the horror of it going astray across the ocean. Fingers crossed eh?! Any ideas for fabric? I'm thinking of a stretch cotton sateen. Is anybody else doing this challenge? I'd love to know your dress ideas. x