The Betty Draper Suit

by Tilly on November 9, 2010 · 19 comments

in 1960s

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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laurie November 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Fantastic! how cute!


Stephanie November 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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


KibitzKnitz November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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


Christine November 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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


Bessie B. November 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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


Syrena November 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

How cute! I love it!


Myra November 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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


The Lady in Red November 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

That is fabulous!


Eleen Fashions November 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I love the blue lining!


✄ Fabric U ✄ iPhone app November 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

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…


Aimee Marieee November 10, 2010 at 10:24 am

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


ilovedolly November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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


The Straight Grain November 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Wow, I love your jacket!


Sarah November 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm



When Ladies Dressed November 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

That is just gorgeous! Great workmanship!


June November 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm



Retro Model Sari November 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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


Oldpatterns November 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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.


Isis November 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

I love both the shape and the colour!


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