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Mad Men Challenge Betty Dress

Added Mar 30, 2012

by No Idle Hands

Tampa, Florida, ...






When I saw Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men sewing challenge I knew I had to join.

So here’s the result – inspired by Betty Draper’s coffee date dress in Season 3. There is something about the original scene’s lighting that completes the dress. I tried to capture the overall feel of the outfit with a more subtle color palette to suit my style.

The pattern is based on Vogue 8511. Fabric is a linen mix purchased 2 years ago from Shibuya Marunan while I was living in Tokyo, Japan. The dress is fully lined with cotton.

For a fitted style, the dress is surprisingly comfortable to wear, thanks to the pleats in the skirt.

More photos and details on my blog Chloe’s Window

Material Notes

Linen mix, cotton lining.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Satin, Silk, Taffeta

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    Mar 31, 2012, 11.24 AMby libra-s

    Very Pretty! And perfect fit!!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 05.05 PMby pauline alice

    Wow, that’s such a nice and elegant dress, very Betty Draper. I was thinking about sewing the same dress at the beginning but changed my mind. Can’t wait to see everybody’s dresses over the week end!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 03.13 PMby marec

    This is so great. You have styled the dress perfectly. I love it and wish it was mine. :-)

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    Mar 30, 2012, 02.41 PMby cathysews

    Truely gorgeous

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    Mar 30, 2012, 02.33 PMby loves2sew555

    Love the fabric! Very pretty

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    Mar 30, 2012, 01.26 PMby Madcinderella

    Love it! It´s a lovely dress! =D

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    Mar 30, 2012, 12.58 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    the fabric long waiting to became an outfit really worth the time!!! This was the perfect pattern to be used in it!!!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 09.52 AMby step-van-b

    This Betty dress is soooo darling! Would love to have one too.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 09.32 AMby Debby H

    Beautiful. You have captured it perfectly

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