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Mad Men Dress Challenge – imitating Jane

April 12, 2012

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!


  1. 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!

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