1950s | Dresses

Mad Men Inspired Emerald Cocktail Dress

By on March 27, 2012

Hi everyone – this is my first post on We Sew Retro which was brought on by the excitement of completing my dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge and the thrill of seeing so many other amazing contributions to this SAL.

My inspiration came from these 2 Joan pics – I must admit I drool over pretty much everything Joan wears – you’ve gotta love a woman who’s not afraid to show off her curves – and boy, does she rock those curves!  Anyway, I was immediately drawn to the colour and was amazed I managed to find this emerald satin – perfect!  I used Butterick 5603 with the cross over bodice and instead of a border print used a black lace trim along the top of the bodice and edge of the skirt.


I was tempted to make a straight skirt a la Joan, but this turned out to be beyond my scope of expertise and in the end I’m really pleased I stuck with the full skirt.

TROUBLE SPOT – HELP PLEASE – I had a bit of trouble lining the skirt as I had never done this before and most dress patterns don’t include instructions on how to do this.  I did figure it out but got stuck when it came to the bottom of the zipper.  Luckily it’s inside the dress and no-one will see it but if anyone has any tips on what to do here, I’d hugely appreciate it.

For more pattern info and photos please see my review on Pattern Review.

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