Mad Men Dress Pattern

Lately I have been working on drafting my pattern for my Man Men dress. The local shop that I get my fabric from doesn’t have sewing patterns for sale.  So my patterns are made by me. Usually I just google things and piece it together from what I can find. Or find a tutorial online. I have been having a lot of trouble finding a tutorial for a sheath dress. I finally found a pattern here.

It lets you print the pattern which would be ideal if I had a printer… Since I don’t I have drawn it out by hand – just free hand, no measurements yet. I will figure that part out later. I also picked up some white broadcloth to try the pattern out on before I use the fabric that I ordered online.

A couple of changes. Mine will be boat neck, and will not have a belt, also the back will be more like the one in the pictures on my first Mad Men Challenge post.

Here is what I have so far, my drawing abilities peaked at stick people so apologies for the quality of the drawing…


It’s a bit hard to see since its small and I was using a pencil but if you click on the picture it should get bigger.

Next week I am going to start measuring and cutting out the pieces on the broadcloth. Tonight I might work on my Dopp Kit, but more on that later.

What do you prefer, tutorials or patterns? Would you rather print off a pattern or buy one in a store? Or do you like to make your own? How about tracing clothes you already have?


Circle Skirt – The Reveal!

I finished my skirt! I am so excited! The photos don’t really do it justice but oh well. I love it! I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can wear it!

For all my posts on this skirt see below:

Circle Skirt Part 1

Circle Skirt Part 2

Circle Skirt Part 3



Circle Skirt part 3

Since I pinned my waistband I have been trying to figure out how to close my skirt, the fabric isn’t stretchy enough for an elastic to be put in. I could just get it on over my hips before I put the waistband in now that there is more fabric I am worried I would tear it. I don’t want to add a seam either. So my solution to this problem is: a button to close the waistband and an exposed zipper!

This will be my first exposed zipper and I can’t wait to go pick one up – I was originally going to put a small navy blue zipper on the inside but since my skirt is seamless that would be tough.

I picked up a jeans zipper and an assortment of buttons

buttons and zipper

I tried the skirt on again and realized that I do not need the zipper, I can do it with buttons! I chose the gold button in the middle.

Then I started practicing button holes

button holes

At first the button holes were pulling the fabric too much (see the one on the right) so I doubled up the fabric and put some iron on stitchery in between the layers to reinforce it (on the left).

I finished the waistband, attached the buttons and marked the now reinforced spot where the button holes would go. Then I realized that I now have a problem. I have absolutely no idea how I am going to attach the waistband… at this point it was getting late and I started making silly mistakes so I decided to stop for the night. We will see what will happen today.



Mad Men Dress part 2

You know how once you find something you like you should stop looking and be happy with it, well I kept looking at Mad Men dresses and found this one:


For the website click here

Maybe I could get a royal purple material to make this, or an emerald green. I don’t think that I could complete it in a month so I will most likely stick with my original idea (see part 1 here) I will attempt to make this dress sometime… Maybe Julia will have the Mad Men challenge again next year.

I started looking because my body type matches Joan the best but the other dress will work for me. I have never been a big fan of boat necks, so that should be an adventure.

Cirlce Skirt

I am awful at starting a project then moving on to something else before I finish the first thing, but I like to have more than one project on the go because when I get frustrated with one I can work on the other. Anyway this is the circle skirt that I started in January, see here for the previous post.

I pinned on the waistband and am currently trying to figure out if i can get away with an elastic waistband or if I need to put a dreaded zipper in…

Circle Skirt

Have you ever had a bad experience with zippers? What is your favorite way to finish a dress or skirt?

Polka Dot Dress Part 4

So I finally started working on my dress again and I started with the zipper, I ended up ripping it out twice more and got so frustrated that I made it shorter, I was only getting so far until it started gettting super crooked so that is where I cut it off. it looks like this now.

Zipper zipper outside

I also put a hook and eye at the top.

Next I realized that hemming the arm holes was going to be a problem, so I got some of my leftover fabric from making the dress and made my own bias tape.

Homemade Bias Tape

It was really thick and I didn’t want to try it on my machine so I ended up hand sewing it, in hindsight I probably should have been sewing closer to the edge but I didn’t.


It is a litte warped but I’m hoping that it will still lay ok. I still have to do that at least 3 more times and then possibly for the neck line as well. Stuff like this makes me really wish that I had a dress form. I am starting to worry that it will not fit. I am learning a lot though. I will definitly be making a muslin first for my mad men dress.

Ordering Fabric Online

I have been a bit hesitant to order fabric online even though I see it blogged about all the time. Today I took the plunge and ordered some fabric from Joann’s.

Here’s the swatch


I am going to use it for my Mad Men Challenge, see my earlier post for more info on that. Links are not working for me at the moment but I will update this when I get a chance.


Hopefully all goes well, I will still visit my local fabric shop to get the fabric for the liner, there are very limited options there for what kinds of fabric I can get but I love going there.