The “If You Don’t Like What’s Being Sewn, Change The Fabrication” Dress
Fabric: 3 curtains from local Goodwill thrift store $23.97 (and plenty left over), 2yds green poly satin $5.98, white queen size valance $2.99
Patterns: Adapted from Vintage Vogue 2902 & Butterick 4443
Notions: 22″ cream zip $2.99 and thread
Time to complete: 20+ hours
First worn: 19th February 2012
Wear again? Yes, once taken apart and made to fit me better
Total price: My most expensive yet, but worth it = $35.93 (£22.61)
Challenge: “Mad for Man Men: This week, in anticipation of the Mad Men season 5 premiere, we’re inspired by total mid-century splendor!”
For much of this week this dress was going to be called the “It made me do a Draper” dress. To “do a Draper” is now a standard phrase in our household. I believe the exact definition is “when things go so wrong that the only option is to get drunk” but there is some dispute whether it may also mean “when things go so wrong that the only option is to smash some furniture and collapse in a runny make-up mess on the bed”…eg.
Yes, that’s me trying to do a Betty’s ‘breakdown’ in her sad clown dress (from Season 2 Ep 8 ‘A Night To Remember’). But let’s have a flashback to happier times earlier…
Yes, the week started so well. I’d never watched an episode of Mad Men in my life until a fortnight ago but thanks to Netflix and a serious MM marathon I’d done the first two seasons by the start of the week, and had plenty of ideas what I wanted to make. (But as Joan so rightly points out, life is… “One minute you’re on top of the world, the next minute some secretary’s running you over with a lawnmower”).
But which from my list of ‘wanna-makes’ should I choose?
- a Betty shirt dress? That would come in very useful in the on-coming Arizona summer.
- a Joanie wiggle dress or pussy bow blouse and pencil skirt? I’d seriously like to tackle something very well tailored and especially when I received excellent advice on pegging from StephC last week.
- a Rachel Mencken suit? I adore her salmon pink and white suit or the fabulous emerald green & cream leaf combo and I love love love her matching of shoes, jewellery, gloves, nail varnish….and the chunkiness and size of those necklaces.
- Bobbie Barrett’s brocade bodiced, green skirted dress from Season 2 Ep 3…..yes, the one when Don does ‘that’ to her.
- Trudy Campbell’s gorgeous matching coat and dress when they visit the fertility clinic in Season 2 Ep 5? (and yes, I did try to style my hair on Trudy’s but despite heated rollers and backcombing never got the desired height).
So many, many lovely choices….some of which I’m sure I will revisit some time this year. Too many choices. Enough to drive me to do a Draper….
And if you haven’t checked it out yet and love Mad Men fashions you simply must look up Tom & Lorenzo. And that was even before I managed to get through Season 4 this week and find the scrumptious outfits and hair Peggy has moved up into!