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Mad Men Challenge 2013 - Emerald & Burgundy

Added Apr 23, 2013

by Milena Bella

Tel Aviv, Israel






Here are my entries for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge. The pattern is my own, self drafted, and inspired by two evening dresses of Joan. They are almost the same, except some design details and finishing. Both have been sewn using a lot of couture elements (underlining, catch stitching, inner support) but that is not the greatest thing about them. The real thing I am proud of is that you are looking at two complete “Make Do and Mend” garments. Both are recycled items from my travels in India about 15 years ago. Does that make them vintage? :) Read more on the blog – http://thehomeblues.blogspot.co.il/2013/04/mad-men-challenge-emerald-and-burgundy.html

Material Notes

Silk, organza, satin, cotton




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Organza, Satin, Silk

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    Apr 29, 2013, 11.56 AMby aur0ra

    They are both gorgeous! They fit you beautifully.

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    Apr 27, 2013, 10.39 PMby madyb

    I love them both!

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    Apr 24, 2013, 06.24 PMby claudinka

    Coll, perfect!

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      Apr 24, 2013, 09.01 PMby Milena Bella

      Thank you Claudinka:) Such a suportive community, I love you guys

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    Apr 24, 2013, 03.02 PMby Ivanamania

    I remember that fabulous emerald dress you have made few months ago, the one with deep back cutout. this emerald have reminded me on it. anyway, beautiful dresses!

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.54 PMby Milena Bella

      Yes, there was a green cotton dress- it shank in the washing! Can you believe it? It is still wearable but just shorter and that turnes me off. Leason learned- pre wash the fabric THE SAME way you are going to wash the garment. Or do it twice with cotton. This emerald is silk, and is made from an old sari. Tottaly different! :)

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      Apr 25, 2013, 11.34 AMby Ivanamania

      teacher from sewing classes I have been attending taught me to always wash fabrics before sewing – this is what I regulary do. now only bought stuff from my closet sometimes shrinks

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    Apr 24, 2013, 05.43 AMby Mary Athey

    fabulous dresses. i love both of them and the fact you recycled the fabric only adds to their gorgeousness!! (is that a word?lol) they are both stunning on you. x

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.55 PMby Milena Bella

      I believe this should be a word! Thank you dear Mary:) I am planning to do more make do and mend in the future, this is really chalenging and fun.

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      Apr 25, 2013, 05.34 AMby Mary Athey

      i can’t wait to see what you come up with as these two dresses are stunning x

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    Apr 24, 2013, 05.22 AMby annasalminen2

    Love your dresses! Great fabric choices.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.57 PMby Milena Bella

      Thank you! I am very trendy now with these colors:)

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    Apr 24, 2013, 12.44 AMby kathhhhhy

    More beautiful dresses! I love the details.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.58 PMby Milena Bella

      Thanks Katty! I know, need to make some dayly wear asap! I can’t even enter the “me made may 13”, since most of the garments I made are out wear. Or I will need to get out every night..

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    Apr 23, 2013, 10.23 PMby flowergirl22

    very nice,, love the dolce and gabana bit on your blog

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.59 PMby Milena Bella

      Thank you! Stay in touch, I like Dolce and Gabana :)

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    Apr 23, 2013, 09.40 PMby Yellowcat

    Lovely! Totaly Joan style! Great job!

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      Apr 24, 2013, 09.00 PMby Milena Bella

      Thank you! I love Joan, I wish I could pull an act like that:) Too shy to really wiggle it, if you know what I mean..

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