Vintage Sewing

Betty Draper Mad Men Dress

March 13, 2013

I had a bit of a deadline for this frock. I wanted to wear it to the wedding of a girl whose dress I made.

By the time her dress was delivered, the Melbourne Autumn Winter fashion season was upon me, as well as a musical production I only had a week & very few free hours to sew.

I have been lusting after the Betty Draper cocktail dress from Mad Men season one(?) and also saving this gorgeous piece of Vintage Mark Learner/Learnerson Fabrics cotton sateen for just the right dress & occasion. I decided the wedding someone I used to babysit, who had asked me to make her dress when she was 5, was just the right occasion.
I tolied the bodice on the Saturday before the wedding, then the sewing gods freed up two more half days for me to get this baby done. I was still stitching the hem before I had to dash to work for 4 hours, before the wedding

I used Vogue 9712 & drafted my own ruched panel.
I am so pleased with how it turned out.
I also got to wear my gorgeous wedding petticoat underneath it, although it was close to 40c/100f so I ditched the petticoat after the ceremony.

The petticoat is hanging behind the dress on my bedroom door & was not some weird sleeves, as a few people thought on Facebook post.

  1. I thought you had more pictures in your blog, but don’t, please post more pictures and little bigger thna these one, I really like your dress.

  2. Don’t you just love that scene when Betty gets up from the table to go to the bathroom and that dress makes the most wonderful swishing sound from all those petticoats! I love the dress you made and am totally envious of your border print floral sateen fabric, that is my holy grail, it is so hard to find. That print is a little like the tulip border print in blue that Retrospec’d have.

  3. She wears the most beautiful dresses in the show. I especially liked her outfits in season one. Thanks for posting the photos and feel free to drop by me too when you have time.

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