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Mad For Plaid School-dress

Added Mar 24, 2010

by Lisette O

West Orange, New...






This was my second sewing project for myself (note, a good year or two before Mad Men). It took ten times longer than I expected. It is Butterick 9415 from 1960.

*Edit: New photo is after I altered it to fit me better (I took in the shoulders so the bodice would be shorter).

Material Notes

Homespun from JoAnn’s.




Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Vintage

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    Sep 7, 2010, 10.00 PMby rubicat

    If this is your 2nd project, you’ll be a couture designer before long! Good grief! This is wonderful. I am built very like you and wondered how you managed fitting a “junior miss” pattern. I have the devil of a time increasing bust size without increasing shoulder width, etc. Did you just pin & fit the paper pattern and keep on trying?

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      Sep 8, 2010, 12.27 PMby Lisette O

      Honestly, I had no idea about fitting so I just made it! There is actually plenty of room in the bust and the waist just fits. Where it really didn’t fit was the waist length, since I’m short. I’ve since taken in the shoulders.
      Even thought it says junior and teen I’m pretty sure the measurements were misses.

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    Jun 7, 2010, 04.47 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Perfectly vintage. I bet it took ten times longer because you had to match the plaid! I used to sew a lot in gingham check and I know what a challenge it can be. Great job.

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      Jun 8, 2010, 09.42 PMby Lisette O

      Isn’t it a pain? But so worth it. I have a vintage gingham swimsuit I’m finishing it up and it has taken forever!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 08.29 AMby nessys

    Yes – sometimes when the pattern says “quick and easy” it really means “time consuming and scary”!! But you’ve done a really nice job of this Darl and you look lovely – I love the contrast on the edges too.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 06.44 PMby smallone

    now all you need is someone to fill you dance card :) this is lovely :)

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    Mar 24, 2010, 04.09 PMby Natalia *

    Looks exactly like Peggy from Mad Men (even though it was before the show came out). Lovely dress and great photos.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 01.23 PMby cd909

    gorgeous! nice photos on the sofa too :)

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    Mar 24, 2010, 01.19 PMby wackyblonde

    I have always loved the dresses from the 60’s. Yours is fantastic. Reminds me of my mother when we were little, such a fashionista she was. Really pretty dresses, cute little aprons.

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