Mad Men Inspired

I made this dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge. My inspiration was this teal dress that Joan wore in season 5. I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, but I made several alterations and additions. I added buttons on the front bodice, changed the neckline and drafted a collar to go with [...]


For Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge I used vintage Simplicity 8722.  My inspiration was a dress Megan wore in Season 5. I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out.  I used some type of cotton blend (it has a slight stretch) from Joann’s.  I decided to omit the sleeves.  My favorite detail of course [...]


Originally I was going to make myself a very Joan inspired cocktail dress for JuliaBobbin’s Mad Men Challenge 2. That turned into a HUGE failure. In came Plan B. I made 2 dresses for my daughters with a modern pattern (Simplicity 4927) that has a very 60s Mod feel. The girls love their new dresses! [...]


Isn’t this new reprint from Simplicity the BEST?! I love the shape, and it has french darts and one piece facings! It was a dream to put together, I had a super cute dress in a matter of hours. I used a cotton/lycra blend in this fantastic coral color, with a pique collar and covered [...]


My Mad Men dress for the Mad Men Challenge. I had to copy Joan. Just about every episode I ogle something she has worn. I used the wiggle dress from Gertie’s Book and added arm flounces and drafted my own collar. I deviated from the original collar, making it a bit more mod, as I [...]


I’ve been tracking my progress developing some Tried and True patterns at my blog, and wanted to stop in here and show off my awesome dress Its a modern pattern (a seriously reworked Butterick 4386) and Alexander Henry Fabric, but in a classic 1950s-60s “housewife” day dress shape, which I love. My hope is to [...]


      Hello vintage lovers! I’ve gone all out Joan for the Mad Men Challenge. My Aunt is a hairdresser and I had her do my hair in the signature Joan updo. The dress is the wiggle dress from Gertie’s Book for better sewing, another excellent pattern from Gertie’s book. This is my third so far! [...]


I had a super quick turn around with this recent dress project: I chose version A, sans collar, and used a slightly stretchy plaid fabric that I recently inherited, I had just enough width to panel the body pieces. No major issues, just it just needs perhaps a little more work to fit the back [...]


This is my first post, so I’ll take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Allie, I’m a library science student and former archaeologist, and my decades of choice are the 1950s and 60s. I blog over at My current project is perfecting a few go-to patterns: a fitted shift, a fit-and-flare dress, and a [...]


  9 months in the making, people.  NINE MONTHS. so, let me run you through the construction details on this new year’s baby. it started off fairly well in march of 2012. i was innocently preparing to use this as my submission for the “mad men” sew weekly challenge. i had cut it out and [...]