The Mad Men Challenge - The Plan4:40 PM
Mad Men, Mad Men, Mad Men... I wonder how many times that title has appeared in the blogosphere in the last month alone! It was even my hand-sewing viewing because everyone raves about it so much and now, there are [at least] two related challenges on the horizon! Perhaps this buzz is because the new season starts next month? Just a guess...
To accompany the new season premiere, the Sew Weekly challenge for March 19th is, of course, Mad Men themed. (Mena wrote a great post offering ideas on what fashions may be coming - warning: it contains spoilers.) Then, I discovered, courtesy of Steph at 3 Hours Past, that Julia was hosting a Mad Men challenge on her site, Julia Bobbin. Julia's badge went up on my site as soon as I heard about it - yep, I'm totally in!
I've been mulling over ideas since the Sew Weekly theme was announced and I have been constantly back and forth between a curve-hugging Joan look - probably a bit more practical and I certainly have the hips for it :/ - or a poofy Betty look - more playful and it will hide my hips but, where will I wear it? Then, as I was working on the second of my silk dress (not yet finished) I just happened to look up as Trudy and Pete were discussing Margaret Sterling's wedding. The decision was made. I absolutely adored Trudy's party dress! The blue color was bold and beautiful, the neckline and cap sleeves, adorable, and it looked polished yet playful, even if she did look sad while wearing it. (How could anyone look so sad while wearing a dress like that!?!? I know, I know...)
vintage Simplicity 3536, is almost a perfect fit for this dress! The funny thing is, I had expected to use this pattern for the challenge all along... I just expected to use the slimmer view! Since this will be my first time working with a vintage pattern, I likely won't change very much. I'll measure the sleeves and consider shortening them to cap sleeves and I may still use a gusset from Gertie's tutorial (if time permits). I'm undecided if I want to lower the back of the dress to match the original. Honestly, the answer is probably 'yes" but, is that difficult to do? To keep the dress from looking too costume-y, I'll omit Trudy's bow.
With the inspiration and the pattern picked out, all that was left was fabric. Ugh, aside from the blue sateen I used for my sheath dress, nothing was to be found! After having spent so much time on the last two dresses, I really didn't want to dye anymore fabric (I just need a few quick projects to get my mojo back). So, silk was out of the question. I did want something a bit more formal than cotton though so, I perused the internet a bit and found a polyester taffeta (I know!) from Fabric.com that I'm hoping will suit the dress perfectly. The color is very pretty and the site describes it as "swishy" and suitable for fuller skirts, which sounds great for my silly little 60s dress! Has anyone worked with this before? I have my fingers crossed that it doesn't scream synthetic went it arrives. Thank goodness for their return policy if it does!
So, what do you think? I can't wait to start working on this one! Are you participating?
Happy sewing! x