The Betty Draper Suit

It must be Mad Men day in Sew Retroland! And here’s my contribution…

So I was watching Mad Men a few weeks ago, when there was a shot of Betty wearing this:

I jumped off the sofa and went to check my patterns, and behold!

The pattern is Simplicity 7032 from 1967. I found it under a pile of rubbish at an antiques shop in Brighton and snapped it up for £1.50.

Here’s my version:

More on my blog, including finished jacket post here and tutorial on sculpting scallops here :)

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19 comments… add one

  • Fantastic! how cute!

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  • Now you just need the white gloves and you have the perfect outfit! Great work on the scallops. Scallops can be tricky.

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  • Beautiful! I Love the color and how it makes the jacket seem vintage AND modern. Great Job!

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  • That is amazing! I love how it turned out. And it's so great that you already had the pattern!

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  • How cool that your pattern is an EXACT likeness to Betty's jacket. Crazy! You did a lovely job–love the color choice. :)

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  • How cute! I love it!

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  • Even stranger is how Betty is styled after the pattern picture – that outfit may have been made with the pattern being totally copied.

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  • That is fabulous!

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  • I love the blue lining!

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  • I'm certain that that pattern was used for Betty's dress…one of the online vinty sewing pattern suppliers, whose name I completely forget, has said, I think on Dress a Day, that Mad Men employees buy from her…

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  • I adore unique edges and necklines and your jacket is making me swoon…swoon! Great job!

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  • really like that colour too. the scallops and baby pink together were a bit twee for my tastes but the maroon, nice touch

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  • Wow, I love your jacket!

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  • TILLY!! IT'S FABULOUS!! :D

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  • That is just gorgeous! Great workmanship!

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  • LOVE!

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  • Wow!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love it! You did an fantastic job!!!

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  • I am one of the companies the the show Mad Men has purchased sewing patterns from. YES, they do use vintage sewing patterns to make the costumes for the show. They purchased a whole bunch of 1960s maternity patterns from my company a few seasons ago when Betty was pregnant.

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  • I love both the shape and the colour!

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