Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Mad Men Challenge number 3 - my plans
After much debate, here is the beauty I am planning to recreate for this year's Mad Men Challenge organised by Julia Bobbin.
I was planning to us the Anna bodice with a midriff panel and a gathered or pleated skirt, until I saw this beauty that Anne from Mercury Handmade was selling:
It's Simplicity 4766, a beauty from 1954. Just look at that gorgeous neckline and those gigantic pockets? The red one is a dead ringer for Betty's dress - she even looks a bit like Betty! She certainly has the same feeling of ennui (and the possibility of a cigarette in hand). No dickey or jumper underneath for her.
I'll be leaving off the pockets (but will definitely make one with pockets in the future - I think they use about a metre of fabric on their own!).
I have been scouting for fabric for ages before finally settling on this:
It's by Moda from the Vintage Modern Range by Bonnie & Camille.
Although it's not an exact match for the rose print, it was surprisingly hard to find something closer and I liked that this had the lighter pink flowers as well as the red. I think it will give more of the impression of the original than some of the modern digital rose prints I found.
And it's number 1 of the 5 I have pledged to make for the Vintage Pattern Pledge! Result!
Are you entering this time? What are you making?