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Mad Men Spring Sheath

Added Apr 25, 2011

by laceandthimble

Boulder, Colorad...






As a retro fashion enthusiast, Mad Men’s wonderfully styled cast are one of my biggest inspirations on television. Love her or hate her, Betty Draper’s style is always picture perfect.

I used McCall’s 5845, and I found it nearly identical to the original style. I did have some fitting issues due to the fact that, like most women, my hips are nearly three sizes larger than my bust. In other words, I’m a classic pear shape. Even though I was able to cut the top and bottom pieces in each size, it was still quite tricky. I also added two inches to the hem and a tie to the back. I could have added a couple more inches for a nicer bow, but I was pleased overall.

The fabric that I used was from Etsy seller, Sosovintage, and in fact, a vintage cotton sheet. The pattern did call for lining the entire dress, but in anticipation to finish (and a lack of fabric), I only lined the top. The fabric is pretty light, so I’ll need to wear a slip when I wear it out. Another added detail that I love- a vintage metal zipper was used for that extra retro touch.

Material Notes

Vintage cotton fabric- http://www.etsy.com/shop/sosovintage, Pattern- http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5845-products-10057.php?page_id=108




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    Apr 28, 2011, 03.33 PMby chillwear

    Really classic, love it. I have this pattern, I like the added bow.

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    Apr 28, 2011, 08.00 AMby Tajah

    That’s beautiful!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 10.06 PMby elisana

    love. it.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 05.36 PMby aklat

    Gorgeous! :)

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    Apr 25, 2011, 05.15 PMby Lora Martinez

    This dress is fabulous. I love the bow detail in the back, the fit is just perfect!!!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 04.48 PMby aluckmann

    The back of the dress is such an eye-catcher. Wow! This dress looks so lovely on you. Great job working around the fitting issues that we all struggle with. The final fit looks totally tailored to your body.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 03.43 PMby tashmopolitan

    wow! That fabric is really simalar! Looks great!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 03.36 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Love it! By the way- hello from denver!

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      Apr 25, 2011, 11.46 PMby laceandthimble

      Thanks! Helllooo from Boulder! We are neighbors!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 01.00 PMby peaches2218

    It’s fabulous. I wish MY sheets were this cute!! I’m pretty sure that in 20 years no one will be buying mine on ebay, lol.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 11.34 AMby fabricaddict

    beautiful dress!!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 11.10 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Love it!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 09.21 AMby charlotteauzou

    I love the back and the fabric of you dress ! Betty Draper has major competition :)

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    Apr 25, 2011, 09.09 AMby annetteb

    Really nice.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 07.57 AMby Debby H

    Thats so pretty and fits you perfectly.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 06.57 AMby evamarie

    what a great fit! Love that bow in the back.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 06.39 AMby woman

    goshh am so loving it! <3

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