This post is a multi-media experience in honour of it being a Mad Men themed sew. Here's a complimentary soundtrack to read it by, click play:
(if you can't see the Grooveshark playlist box, you might need to read this post in the original on Fanbloomingtastic.com...I know it sometimes doesn't appear in readers).
Update: Though I finished this dress a few days late for the deadline, the wonderful Julia Bobbin included me in her fantastic update...you HAVE to check out all the fabulous dresses and outfits people from all around the world have made for the sew along.
...this was supposed to be an entry to Julia Bobbin's Mad Men 2 sew along. But I failed. Mostly my fault, some life getting in the way.....which I should have allowed for, so all my fault. The deadline was Monday, but after a month of working on Bowie Sew Along, then dropping a 'Betty' shirtwaister I was making because I saw some concertina pleat chiffon, perfect for Megan's Zou Bisou Bisou dress instead. I also did a Draper last year, making a Betty inspired dress, so it only felt right to move along to the new Mrs Draper this year.
Here's Megan's original:
And here's mine....yes, it's navy blue. Well, you didn't really expect me to make a LBD (little black dress) did you? Not after my previous 'excursion' into the world of black outfitting.....shudders....
I say dropped everything, I didn't drop my procrastination. I don't know what's up with me recently, I need a rocket underneath me to get anything done. Admittedly I was having to upgrade a size 16 pattern to my 20-24 figure and draft a new collar and sleeves....but still, why didn't I just do half an hour each day till my sewing mojo came back? I dunno.
Anyway, I was nearly finished on Sunday night when I tried the dress on and realised I'd gathered the sleeves too tightly at the top (rather than gathering more gradually around the sides) so rather than sitting flat in the armsyche, as soon as I slightly raised my arm I got a jutting up wing at the shoulder. Does make sense? I should have taken a pic, here's a beautifully drawn illustration...
By the way, if you're a proper seamstress and I'm getting all this wrong, please go easy on me....I do learn by my mistakes. In hindsight I probably should have drafted a shallower curve at the top edge of the sleeve, but cutting it now to adjust would make sleeves too short.
I planned to get up early Monday, unpick sleeves, make armsyches slightly larger (the top was hanging off my shallow shoulders) hem it, take photos and post. But on Monday morning I woke Melchett up to discover that her left eye was swollen and closed tight shut. We went to see our eye doctor who decided after various tests it was an allergic reaction to a bug bite just below her eyebrow. I'd include some photos but she's very sensitive about people seeing her like that.
So we've had 3 days of her off school on anti-histamines, cold compresses, hydrocortisone cream, cucumber slices, pain killers....you name it. And 2 nights of crying about the itch not stopping till near 1. I'm blooming shattered, let alone Melchett.
But that explains the number of out-of-focus pics this time.... to take her mind of things, she decided to be my stylist and photographer....with one eye....it didn't stop her bossing me around though:
Ah Melchett :)
Anyway, the make....
Fabric: 2.5yds navy sateen in sale $17.50 (£11.42), 1 yd concertina pleated chiffon in sale $9 (£5.89).
Patterns: New Look 6000 (main body shape), McCalls 9461 (basis of new neckline), self-drafted sleeves.
Year: Contemporary and 1968.
Notions: 1 yd silver rhinestoned ribbon with coupon $7.99 (£5.22) ....coloured in with navy blue sharpie.
Time to complete: 26 hours (with lots of distractions), biggest time: drafting and unpicking.
First worn: 24th April 2013.
Wear again? Yes, with industrial strength underwear to suck me in.
Total Cost: $34.99 (£22.51).
Blimey that Megan Draper's let herself go ;)
Still haven't quite got that swayback adjustment mastered yet, but bearing in mind both patterns I adapted only go up to a 16 and I'm a 20-22-24 (in descending order along with bust-waist-hips), and I mashed them up with a self-drafted sleeve, I'm impressed. I might not have gotten the swayback right.....but that's the best darn lapped zip I've done yet!
I'm learning. It's fun.
Here's how I worked out the sleeve...
I basically found the biggest bell sleeve piece I had in my patterns and using the piece I'd drafted for my Bowie blouse for the top curve (in hindsight I think too severe), I made a pattern piece significantly wider. I suppose I could have gone even wider, but I was being a cheapskate and trying to fit it in a single yard of pleated chiffon. I COULD and SHOULD have made it slightly longer as I was winging it, because later when I altered the shoulder on the dress, it hitched the sleeve shorter to meet it. If I'd made the sleeve over long with that basic bell shape I could have always altered it after insertion.
The rhinestoned neckline and cuffs are a silver rhinestoned trim that I had a 50% off voucher for....I coloured in the silver backing with a navy blue marker to make it look like Megan's. The sleeve cuffs are closed with velcro. This explodes open with violent dancing, I may have to upgrade to a button on each.
Talking of mad Mad Men dancing.....
Made with gif maker picasion.com
Told you this one was a multi-media experience. Right, I'm off for a lie down. After a cuppa tea. Don't mention April Challis Chalet Shinanigans for a couple of days will you? I'm sure I can procrastinate that one head-long into Me Made May....
Don't forget to pop over to Julia Bobbin's Mad Men 2 Sew Along round-up to check out all the good people who got their projects in on time ;) Next time....Mad Men Sew Along 3, that one I'll get in early....yeah tho!