The Always On The Run Dress.
Fabric | Broadcloth
Pattern | The bodice of McCall’s 4769 seriously modified then the rest was guess work.
Year | Contemporary
Notions | Buttons and zip
Time to complete | Too long. Started 6pm Friday got to bed around 12 midnight, and sewed the buttons on the next day.
First worn | For these photos
Wear again? Sure, it looks like a fun work dress.
Total price | Approx $20
First off, I had no time what so ever to find the perfect location for this dress, I’m not your average vintage-y gal. My house is filled with art, books and music, all the little things that inspire me. So, sorry ladies for the uninteresting background of this weeks challenge, I was however, out and about watching Lenny Kravitz in concert, y u m, right? he was swivelling his hips and asking me, if I was gonna go his way? so I hope all is forgiven. I, like you, am a big fan of Mad Men, the anticipation is killing me. I’ll be re-watching Season 4 to get back into that Mad Men mind-set before Season 5 starts, Do you do that too?
For this challenge I chose Joans dress from Season 1, episode titled ‘Long Weekend’ because I thought it would look good with my hair, true story. It has that whole mod look about it, very Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent mondrian dress thingy going on. The shell of the dress was relatively easy it was those bloody squares that did my head in, the positioning was dangerous. I swore at the dress several times because it was eating up my time. After viewing these photos, I released the tension around that top button, she sits a lot better now, perhaps placing a button, or tacking down that top piece you see poking up would of looked better too.
I tackled the dress differently to the one Joans wearing. I cut out large white squares for the blue and red squares to sit on sewing these into place, then I positioned the squares on the not-yet-joined side pieces cutting away the excess at the waist line. The excess pieces were flipped then sewn to the back side pieces. It wasn’t until I had sewn up the sides that I realised that the lines were out so I spent the majority of my night fiddle arseing about unpicking and resewing so the colours would line up. I knew if I’d left it, I would never wear it. So with all the huffing and puffing going on the below pic is the best I could muster.
I am pleased with the end result of these squares the stitching could of been better but considering my time constraints….
Look at Joans! it looks like they had trouble lining the squares up too. I’m glad I made mine with the layering of the squares. Joans looks like it would of been a nightmare of a job to master.
I decided to place a zip in the back because I knew the front would gape along the placket, so yes the front is fake fake fake and no no no I didn’t sew fake button holes that would be crazy crazy crazy. Joans buttons stop half way down, I thought it was easier to go all the way.
These shoes I call ‘photo only shoes’ they’re impossible to walk in. Terribly D A N G E R O U S.
Well lovely ladies, I do hope you like this dress, I love it. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, exciting. You clever ladies might also like my fellow Melbournian bloggy friend-Julia Bobbin who is obsessed with making all things Mad Men, she is currently holding a Mad Men challenge over on her blog and because we have all submitted our gorgeous Mad Men inspired dresses here why not post a piccy over there too and get in on all the fun? Here are all of the yummy details.
Thank you all so very much for your lovely words on my Good Rats Ensemble. This dress I’ll name after Lenny’s song Always on the Run from his dead sexy album Mama Said… The Always on the Run Dress, that was exactly how I felt last week rushing about like a Mad Women.