Vintage Sewing

Betty Draper Summer Dress

July 3, 2011

I was inspired to make a summer dress by Betty Draper and Tasia from’s version of a Betty Draper picnic dress! (Here’s Tasias version)

I drafted this pattern, and tried many new (to me) techniques with this dress, like a hand-picked zipper, catch-stitching the facing, underlining etc. I’m proud of how the inside looks (for the first time! :))

The fabric is from a children’s duvet cover that I found at a thrift store.

More pictures of the finished dress (inside and out) and WIP pictures on my blog.

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  1. Great dress. Especially nice that it is self-drafted. A skill that can be very difficult to get the hang of. Kudos to you indeed for that and try all sorts of new skills. Beautiful result.

  2. Lovely! Your dress looks beautiful and fits quite nicely. I love the fabric choice. Not to forget those really cute shoes! Wow, self-drafting! Aren't Tasia's sewing technique directions great!

  3. It's a lovely dress but I don't think Betty would wear one that shows off her knees! Very pretty modern interpretation, though, and I love how cute the duvet cover looks.

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