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Party Dress for a "MadMen" Shindig

Added Dec 28, 2012

by petitejosette

Vancouver, Canada






This is pattern 107 from BWOF November 2007.
When my friend Sarah told me she was having a MadMen-themed cocktail party for her b-day, it was just the perfect excuse to sew up a party dress,
Although pretty simple in shape, the bodice has interesting lines, thanks to a center front seam and bust darts originating from the center seam as opposed to the side seams. It creates a “cross” effect that I haven’t seen often.
The skirt has wide inverted pleats and hidden pockets in the side seams.
I love that it has a retro 50’s vibe while still being quite modern.

The main design adjustements I made, aside from fitting adjustments:
-lower neckline by 1.5cm all around
-extended shoulderseams 2cm to cover a bit more of my shoulders
-added a full lining – the pattern only includes neckline and armhole facing.

I really love this dress! More photos and details on my blog

Material Notes

Silk Dupioni for the dress
bemberg for the lining
black tulle for the crinoline




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage

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    Dec 31, 2012, 12.27 AMby JillStraw

    I absolutely love this dress! Great job.

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    Dec 28, 2012, 07.51 PMby milkyway

    Lovely dress and style… was the tule meant to be that way?

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      Dec 29, 2012, 02.44 AMby petitejosette

      the tulle is a separate crinoline. I admit that on these photo it looks a bit wonky. But the idea is to just have a bit of it peaking out from under the skirt…

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      Dec 29, 2012, 08.31 PMby gahittle

      Love this dress too but I agree, the tulle either needs to be deleted or better yet I would have add more..much more.

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    Dec 28, 2012, 05.17 PMby flowergirl22

    such a pretty colour, fab for the festive season or any party

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    Dec 28, 2012, 09.01 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and brillant fabric choice. If i was to use up all the fabric in my stash i.d be sewing for the next few years flat out lol You look fab in your beautiful dress. Happy new year xx

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      Dec 28, 2012, 04.30 PMby petitejosette

      Thank you very much, and happy new year to you!

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    Dec 28, 2012, 05.29 AMby schnui

    This ‘Mad Men’ inspired dress is gorgeous and you look great in it. I really love the clothes you create as you fit and finish everything so well. This pattern has always been a favourite of mine,so I may just have to give it a go. My New Years resolution is going to be ‘use everything in the stash before buying anymore fabric’. By rights, I will be the best dressed girl in Australia if I achieve that resolution. Happy New Year and happy sewing in 2013.

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      Dec 28, 2012, 04.33 PMby petitejosette

      Thank you so much! I say a girl should treat herself to a fancy party dress everyonce in a while, so go for it! I wish I had time to turn everything in my stash into the garment i imagine…
      Happy new year to you too!

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