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50's Betty Draper inspired dress

Added Aug 7, 2011

by Emma (Cotter...

Ireland, Ireland






I’m in love with vintage styles at the moment and I wanted to make a really pretty feminine dress. I was inspired by the fashion in Mad men, particularly the dress Betty Draper wore on a picnic. When I saw this fabric I thought it was so beautiful I knew I had to make something with it! I modified a vogue pattern for this dress (the pattern used for my 50s Charlotte dress). It has a bateau neckline, a plunging back and a full circle skirt. The top is lined with white cotton. It took about 8 hours to make. I made a little white hairband to go with it and I made a white cotton petticoat for underneath to give the skirt just the right amount of volume. This dress was a beautiful dress to wear, I love it so much I think I’ll make another with different material next week!!

Material Notes

Floral Cotton, white cotton (top lining), 7" invisible zip, grosgrain ribbon for waistband.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Aug 7, 2011, 10.36 PMby vasgarcia

    This is beautiful! Is the only modification you made to the pattern to leave out the big bow on the back?

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      Aug 8, 2011, 05.57 AMby Emma (Cotter) O'Connell

      Hello vasgarcia! No, I changed the back slightly. In the original pattern the waistline of the back curves down but because i wanted to add the grosgrain waistband I raised it to be in line with the front waistband. Because of this modification I raised the level of the plunging back too.

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      Aug 8, 2011, 06.39 AMby vasgarcia

      It turned out great! :)

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    Aug 7, 2011, 08.14 PMby clairesophie

    This is a beautiful dress! I am also in love with vintage styles. Is this your own pattern or did you use a commercial pattern?

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      Aug 7, 2011, 09.22 PMby Emma (Cotter) O'Connell

      Thanks clairesophie! I modified Vogue Pattern V1102 to make this dress

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    Aug 7, 2011, 06.47 PMby Menke

    What a lovely dress, very much inspired to make one in a floral print as well. Thought it would be to busy, but now looking at your pictures I’m convinced! Thank you for sharing!

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