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The Betty dress

Added Apr 27, 2010

by stitchywitchy

Louisville, Kent...






Inspired by Betty Draper (isn’t everyone nowadays?) I made this dress to wear to a summer wedding. I underlined the whole thing with silk organza, which was quite an experience (but worth it – the dress has a lovely rustle from the silk and nice body!) I used Vintage Vogue 2960, and found it quite nice, except for how I’m not going to be wearing a girdle (I had to go out 2 whole sizes in the waist to make it fit!) It’s also quite a bit shorter – the 50s length doesn’t work on me. My blog entry for this project is here.

Material Notes

Brushed cotton, possibly for sheets. I adore this print – it makes me think of garden parties!




Garment Type
Cotton, Silk

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    Oct 20, 2010, 06.53 AMby violetta089

    Great fabric, great seamstress! Excellent job!

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    May 17, 2010, 06.08 AMby msgems

    Wow.. really pleased to see this made up. I have the same pattern and was debating it. Thanks for the advice on your blog about the sizing. I’m defineately going to make a test beforehand.

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    Apr 29, 2010, 07.25 AMby lizah

    ADORABLE!!! the fabric is fantastic, and the back and.. well, I love everthing about this dress! ;)

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    Apr 28, 2010, 09.04 PMby fidgetfingers

    it’s lovely!!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 06.27 PMby sewing-thread

    soo cute!!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 06.04 PMby laurii

    gorgeous! :)

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    Apr 28, 2010, 09.58 AMby kiwistitcher

    really cute! I’ve made this up in black & white polkadots & trimmed with white grosgrain ribbon round the bust, armscyes & waist & looks really cute

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      May 17, 2010, 06.09 AMby msgems

      Can you post pictures? I’m going to make this soon and really want to see what other people have done with it! :-)

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      May 18, 2010, 08.20 AMby kiwistitcher

      will do tomorrow :)

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.21 AMby keren

    it is beautiful. It looks great on you and I love the style. Success!!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 06.54 AMby bttn

    beautiful dress

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    Apr 28, 2010, 05.17 AMby apfelbluete

    it is wonderful. The choice of the fabric is excellent! The colors you choose, you are always very good!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 05.00 AMby missymellie

    This is so lovely and it looks beautifully constructed!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.51 AMby m j

    I love this!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.32 AMby brenda42

    Awesome! Love the silhouette and the fabric; very eye-catching :-)

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    Apr 28, 2010, 01.09 AMby isobelm

    I can’t believe it! I’ve just made this dress too (Purple Patterned Dress). I think your fabric choice works better than mine. I think the cotton I used was a little too light weight to make the bodice sit properly. I made it a lot shorter too and changed the pleats to gathers. I love the neckline and the low back. I’m looking forward to trying the pattern again.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 12.38 AMby pagan

    very cute dress. I need to google Betty Draper now…

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    Apr 28, 2010, 12.21 AMby pinup

    so cute, gorgeous fabric

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    Apr 28, 2010, 12.06 AMby girl-in-jeans

    Great work, I love it!

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