Hot! The “Plaid” Men Dress

The Facts

Fabric: 3 yards black on black plaid fabric, $15

Pattern: Vogue 8353

Notions: buttons, lace trim, $3

Year: Not sure off the top of my head

Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: For these photos!

Wear again? Yes!  I just need to find a place to wear it out!

Total Cost: $18

Ok, to start things off… I’m obsessed with Mad Men.  I have loved it from the first broadcast and have seen the seasons at least 1/2 a dozen times all the way through.  And that number actually seems low to me.  Maybe a dozen times?  Yeah, I need to get a life… (guess what I’m watching right now… )


When I heard we were doing a Mad Men challenge I went crazy.  I love making outfits inspired by the show and this gave me an extra excuse to do so.  I usually make Joan inspired dresses, but I thought to branch out this time.  I love Peggy’s plaid dress, but I didn’t want to make something that looked just like a carbon copy of the costumes from the show.  So I took inspiration from her fabric and Betty’s silhouette.

This dress looks very challenging, but is actually really easy when you look at it.  The most time consuming part is pinning and sewing all of the pleats in the waist.  But the end product is fantastic as when you close up the pleats, it makes the waist line striped while keeping the rest of the dress gingham printed. There is also a strip of lace at the bottom which is not backed by fabric, so you can see my knees!  Scandalous!

I called this dress the “Plaid” Men dress because it sounds better than “Gingham” Men dress… Have you noticed how much they love plaid and gingham fabric on this show?  It’s everywhere!  But I haven’t seen them make a stripe out of gingham fabric yet!  Though it is hard to see it in this photo.

My husband was really excited to get to join in my photo shoot, and I wish I could have gotten a photo of him in his suit jacket and shorts.  I love the silhouette of this dress even though you can’t really see the details of it here.


I might just have to throw a Mad Men premiere party just so I can wear this dress!



Becky Bean has been sewing since she was in elementary school, including personal use, for other people, a mini alteration business, and a stint in a theatre costume shop! She loves vintage style and is hoping to find more time in her busy schedule to keep up the weekly sewing!


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  1. I like that dress a lot!

  2. This is so perfectly Mad Men! I love the waist detail on this!

  3. Also–you REALLY look like Peggy here! Especially your profile!

  4. What a fascinating pattern!

  5. Oh! I like that pattern a lot! I love your version, you look like Peggy :)

  6. What an interesting bodice! You did a great job working it all out!!

  7. FABULOUS dress! LOVE it! I agree with Tina that you do look like Peggy here. Oh, and I love the draping going on :) BRILLIANT!

  8. Great dress and cute photos. The pleats are so interesting. Great choice!

  9. i looooooove this pattern- so cool how it’s like a built-in corset, from a distance. you did a great job!

  10. It looks fantastic! The fabric is perfect for the dress and I adore the bodice detailing. The lace is a great detail along the bottom – good choice!

  11. I LOVE this dress! I would love to pattern swap for this one, or well maybe just borrow it LOL!

  12. Amazing dress, I would so wear this all the time! Love the photo with hubbie!

  13. Fabulous dress! The pleated bodice/waist is a great feature. I do believe this is going on my to sew list!

  14. Nice photo styling!

  15. Oh my goodness–those pleats! Amazing!

  16. Lucky husband! This is really gorgeous! I love that pattern too. Your photos are so fun.

  17. Super cute dress, well done. :) And I love “office” photos.

  18. I love your version of this dress, I really think it is a great pattern and hope to make it up one day. Your photo’s are fab and really capture the era.

  19. You’re a dead ringer for Peggy! I love the striped effect on the waist, and I love that your man got into the photoshoot!

  20. I think you’ve made this dress with perfection, a really fab pattern. That waist line is stunning. Fab photos too. Just gorgeous!

  21. This is so so fab…how in the hell do you make this dress with all of its details in 2 hours? I love everything about it. Your photos ROCK, too.

  22. I love the dress and impressed that it only took you 2 hrs! I take days and days-you need to teach me some if your secrets!

  23. The dress is brilliant and the fabric is perfect. What fun photos too!

  24. I love love love this dress! Where did you buy the fabric? I would really like to make this dress just as you have. It is subtle and elegant.

  25. Thank you for all the love! I got the fabric at a place called Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago. It is a huge warehouse filled with lots and lots of amazing fabrics!!!