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Graduation Pleats!

Added Dec 24, 2011

by rjhopkins12

Charleston, Sout...






I devoured four seasons of Mad Men in about two weeks, and I’ve gone crazy for Betty Draper’s clothing. I used graduation as an excuse to reproduce a 1950’s Ben Reig cocktail dress. Thanks to Past Perfect Vintage for supplying the awesome close-up images.

I draped this from scratch. The front pieces are actually on the bias, while the back is not. There are a few differences between my dress and the original. The original has little sleeves that come to points on the shoulders. Also, the original is midnight blue, mine is black. And mine probably has more pleats in the skirt. It was too much of a pain to reproduce exactly that amount of pleats with my measurements.

Material Notes





Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Silk, Taffeta

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.47 AMby schnui

    Your dress is beautiful and you look wonderful in it. I think you have done a wonderful job from the images. I have not yet watched Mad Men but I have bought the box set of DVD’s and I am about to go on holidays and I am taking them with me. Apparently it won’t matter what the weather does as I will be hooked to the TV.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.00 AMby A Sewing Architect

    You look great in it! And it’s really close to the original! Good job!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.36 AMby tilshmil

    So lovely! You look amazing in it and congrats on graduating. :o) Job well done!

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    Dec 24, 2011, 11.37 PMby kelepso

    That’s pretty gorgeous and you didn’t a fantastic job drafting your own pattern. Looks very much like the original.

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