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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 ยฃ1.50.

Here’s my version:

More on my blog, including finished jacket post here and tutorial on sculpting scallops here ๐Ÿ™‚

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • laurie November 9, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Fantastic! how cute!

  • Stephanie November 9, 2010, 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, 5:31 pm

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

  • Christine November 9, 2010, 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, 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Syrena November 9, 2010, 5:53 pm

    How cute! I love it!

  • Myra November 9, 2010, 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, 7:46 pm

    That is fabulous!

  • Eleen Fashions November 9, 2010, 10:51 pm

    I love the blue lining!

  • โœ„ Fabric U โœ„ iPhone app November 10, 2010, 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, 10:24 am

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

  • ilovedolly November 10, 2010, 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, 2:24 pm

    Wow, I love your jacket!

  • Sarah November 10, 2010, 5:07 pm

    TILLY!! IT'S FABULOUS!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

    That is just gorgeous! Great workmanship!

  • June November 11, 2010, 3:07 pm

    LOVE!

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

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

  • Oldpatterns November 14, 2010, 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, 11:18 am

    I love both the shape and the colour!

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