It happens so often: you finish a sewing project, but the only effect it has on you is “meh”. When I decided to join the Mad Men Dress Challenge, I was afraid my dress would become one of those projects. I was SO wrong. I absolutely ♥ with my purple dress and love how it turned out!
The dress wasn’t very complicated to make, I just used the Simplicity Amazing Fit 2648 pattern (view C with V-neck), with the sleeve from Simplicity 2247 view A – but shortened to about elbow length. And I omitted the zipper, since my dress is made with a stretchy double-knit. Did I ever mention I love the Amazing Fit collection? Yeah, I think I did. Several times. Well, here’s another: I love that collection. You can easily mix match bodices, skirts and sleeves to make the dress of your dreams, and they are so easy to fit.
To draft the collar, I used the tips included in the fantastic book Make Your Own Dress Patterns. Joan’s collar seemed to be coming down straight at the center back, but I preferred to draft the collar in such a way that it flares just a bit. I think the front collar is pretty close to the one on the original dress – I did a good job eyeballing it! My ‘tie’ is a bit longer than Joan’s, and I decided to make come out from the inside of the dress, I thought it looked more interesting this way.
What do you think? Pretty close, huh? I can’t wait to wear my dress to work on Monday! I’ll try to take a picture of me wearing the dress as soon as possible!
Thank you Julia for this great challenge idea, I can now channel my inner Joan with my purple dress!
Next project in the pipeline: three evening dresses/ball gowns for a friend’s photography assignment… my biggest challenge ever!
ETA: I just added a picture of me wearing my dress at the office today