Mad Men Dress Challenge – imitating Jane

Hi! My name’s Marie and this is my first post here, despite having been a huge fan of We Sew Retro since its launch and a loyal follower and contributor to the old Sew Retro. I’ve been stupidly dragging my feet about registering here – being a blogger user I was scared of the unknown technical stuff – but it was so quick and simple. I don’t mean to be an a*se kisser, but Katherine’s video tutorials on how to register and how to how to create your first post are brilliant! So if you’ve been dragging your feet like me, there’s no excuse to put it off any longer ;o)

Right, let’s get down to business. I thought I’d share my Mad Men inspired dress with you, which was born out of a challenge devised by Julia Bobbin – you can see all the pretty dresses here.

Mad Men inspired dress

Let's not play 'who wore it better' please!

I used Simplicity 4905 and some jersey material to recreate Jane’s look and it all came together surprisingly easily. Despite wanting to do Jane’s dress justice, I also wanted to end up with a dress I’d wear, so I opted for a fuller skirt than hers. This is the part I’m most proud of, because instead of using the pattern’s gathered skirt pieces, I decided to draft my own circle skirt and it actually worked. Hurray!

Simplicity 4905 and Mad Men inspired dress

If you’d like to know more about the making of this dress or to see more pictures, feel free to hop on over to my related blog post!


• Meet the Author • AStitchingOdyssey

I accidentally 'discovered' sewing at the end of 2009 and I've been hooked ever since! I'm endlessly inspired by the unique details seen in vintage sewing patterns, the innovative designs offered up by independent pattern companies, and the abundance of beautiful creations by fellow bloggers. My blog - A Stitching Odyssey - started life as a way of documenting my progress, but it’s so much more than that now. I also share tips and tutorials along the way, as well as honest reviews and accounts of my experiences.

8 comments… add one

  • I think you look fabulous in this dress!

  • Hah, glad my amateurish recording (complete with baby crying faintly in background) helped someone out ;)

    You did a great job here – totally Jane. Well done!

  • Oh! great dress!! you did a great work, it look like the Mad Men one, the pattern you used is very pretty!

  • Looks great! Wonderful color!

  • Well done, this is a beautiful dress!

  • So lovely and the colour is perfect on you. Well done!

  • Fantastic!

  • Oh wow, thank you all for your kind words! And Katherine, your tutorials really are great…I didn’t even hear a crying baby at all!


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