Added Apr 25, 2011
As a retro fashion enthusiast, Mad Men’s wonderfully styled cast are one of my biggest inspirations on television. Love her or hate her, Betty Draper’s style is always picture perfect.
I used McCall’s 5845, and I found it nearly identical to the original style. I did have some fitting issues due to the fact that, like most women, my hips are nearly three sizes larger than my bust. In other words, I’m a classic pear shape. Even though I was able to cut the top and bottom pieces in each size, it was still quite tricky. I also added two inches to the hem and a tie to the back. I could have added a couple more inches for a nicer bow, but I was pleased overall.
The fabric that I used was from Etsy seller, Sosovintage, and in fact, a vintage cotton sheet. The pattern did call for lining the entire dress, but in anticipation to finish (and a lack of fabric), I only lined the top. The fabric is pretty light, so I’ll need to wear a slip when I wear it out. Another added detail that I love- a vintage metal zipper was used for that extra retro touch.
Vintage cotton fabric- http://www.etsy.com/shop/sosovintage, Pattern- http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5845-products-10057.php?page_id=108
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