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madmen dress

Added Dec 23, 2013

by kirstenlarsen62

Geneva, Switzerland






Retro “madmen” style dress, lined, from new Butterick re-released retro ‘56 #B5813. I made this dress to wear to a Christmas party in Geneva Switzerland at which a lot of parents from my kids school would be in attendance. I wanted to strike a conservative note since I am the treasurer of the PTA. The style is sexy but reserved. It was quite comfortable to wear. I opted for the side zipper vs. the second option of hooks and eyes. The dress took a long time to make but it was not particularly difficult. Be sure to press seams as you go along. I am not well endowed and found that I needed to wear a padded push up bra to fill out the form! The hem is very long – I wound up cutting off quite a bit so that it would hit just below the knee as would be appropriate for the late 50’s. I would like to try the full skirt version next time in a silk taffeta.

Material Notes

Lightweight dark rinse denim and pinstripe cotton batiste for lining – All from Vogue Fabrics, Evanston, IL




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Denim

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    May 1, 2014, 11.46 PMby Irina Schwab

    Adorable dress! I love the retro chic!

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    Jan 15, 2014, 02.46 AMby shedoz213

    Love the dress and color! Amazing job!

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      Feb 28, 2014, 02.28 PMby kirstenlarsen62

      THanks! I looked at your projects too – your aprons are great. my mom used to make them for me every Christmas. I need to make some new ones.

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    Dec 28, 2013, 02.44 AMby izbott

    This is lovely. I agree this is a very feminine dress & business appropriate. You did good girl!

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      Feb 28, 2014, 02.32 PMby kirstenlarsen62

      thanks! I checked out your studio and love your cuddle dress!

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    Dec 23, 2013, 09.38 PMby sarahsdaughter

    I do like your dress it has got style.

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    Dec 23, 2013, 05.22 PMby slmnstyle

    Great dress! I like all the seaming and darts at the waistline-very flattering!

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    Dec 23, 2013, 11.37 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wonderful dress! Suits you perfect :)

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    Dec 23, 2013, 09.08 AMby dvinare

    so classy! looks very nice on you

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    Dec 23, 2013, 07.19 AMby cathysews

    Hi, this is gorgeous. I love the gathers/bust detail. Really nice dress.

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      Dec 23, 2013, 09.16 AMby kirstenlarsen62

      thanks Cathy! I like the gathers too!

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