"Mad Men" Dress
Added Feb 28, 2010
Bay Area, Califo...
Adapted from a Vogue pattern. This was one of my senior internship projects and the first time I made a piece of clothing since I was nine years old. Mostly it was something for me to prove to myself that I really could sew competently despite what my teacher told me nine years prior. And with no help at all (or having someone breathing down my neck) I churned this out.
Before I cut into my good material and to make sure I still remembered how to sew, I decided to make a muslin. This also helped me fix the sizing since I was between two sizes. Definitely worth it to show myself I remembered how to sew and give myself the peace of mind that I could confidently start using the vintage silk.
Another part of my challenge was to use as little new material as possible. Only the lining and white band are new satin. The peacock silk which makes up the bulk of the dress is vintage silk my grandpa brought back from Japan in the 60s. I got the faux pearl necklace for free from a thrift store going out of business, and I purchased my vintage Ferragamo pumps super cheap from another thrift store.
Satin, vintage silk