Monday 14 April 2014

Mad Men Dress

Ah only fools post about challenges they've nearly finished... or some such sewing based idiom. I did finish my dress in time (promise) but a series of unfortunate technological events contrived against me and the pics weren't ready in time for the challenge showcase! Boo! Ah well ya win some ya lose some. What I won was an awesome By Hand London Anna, proud of how it came out in comparison to my inspiration... and although I missed the challenge here are some Peggy inspired pics.

Hard at work on my latest advertising piece
You can see there's a little bit of bagginess at the back still. I did struggle with the sizing on this dress, it came out far too big on the first go so I kept having to adjust. Ill have to go down a size or two for the next one I think. I also wanted to shorten the skirt pieces, but didn't do it in the pattern stage so made myself some little pleats. I love how they came out as I like a little extra material round the midriff. Anyway, back to work...
Hmm.. what rhymes with Coca-Cola..?

Here are some pics on Betty so you can see some of the details. 

Can you see my picture on the wall? It's the legend that is Captain Picard "Make It Sew", Data and Geordie have sewing machines... it's the best

And if you're interested, oooh look at the pretty insides. I used pre-made bias binding to bind the seams, and hair canvas around the edge to give it a nice standing out skirt. 


  1. I really like this one... wow...
    I love your style and talent.

    Hayley K x

  2. Amazing details, that dark blue colour really suits you :) You are inspiring me to sew, working up to it again slowly! xx

  3. I love the pleats in tge skirt and the inside looks great!

  4. I've come back again to comment as I love it!! Everything is adorable about it- colour, collar and style. And as I'm thinking of a by hand Anna bodice this weekend I thought I'd come back for more inspiration! I like the scooped neckline ...

  5. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!



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