Mad Men Dress – the nonexistant result…

So…

My Mad Men dress was a bust, I was away the days leading up to the contest and my second practice dress had been another disaster, I have decided to work on skirts more, bodices seem to be eluding me.

I still have my fabric that I was going to use for this dress so I will have to think of what to use it for.

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Any suggestions?

 

PS

I also just discovered that the deadline had been extended… to yesterday… lol

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Mad Men Dress Part 4

With 17 days left to make this dress its definitely time to start working on it again.

I redrew the pattern, hopefully it will be easier since princess seams are giving me so much trouble. I really need to start buying some fabric with some stretch to it.

Here is the new pattern. I used this for the boat neck part and this for the darts. Now I just have to get some more broadcloth to practice on.

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Sometimes Simple is Better.

Do you ever find that you get yourself all worked up for no reason, this happened to me while I was cooking dinner for my boyfriends family again (we had pork roast this time)

At first the menu was:

  • Slow cooked Pork Tenderlion, cooked on the BBQ with sweet bbq sauce.
  • Sausage and potato dressing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Buttered carrots
  • Corn

What we ended up having was:

  • Pork Rib Roast cooked in the oven with garlic and herbe de provence (my favourite spice, it works with everything!!!)
  • Mashed potatos
  • Mashed Turnip
  • Buttered Carrots

Not a huge change but it was a bit more simple.

Oh and dessert was a choice of homemade coconut cream pie or chocolate cook n serve pudding pie.

For the pie crust I thought I would use lard instead of vegetable shortening just for a change – it still turned out good – I fussed with the crust too much though so it was tougher than it should have been but that’s ok, they didn’t seem to have any problem eating it 🙂

I get a little caught up in the details when I cook – getting upset about one thing (the potatos this time) being done way before the others – I hate to serve cold food… which reminds me I should have warmed the plates up.

Next time we are bbqing burgers 🙂

I realized that this relates to my Mad Men dress, I have 22 days to finish it and I haven’t touched it since the disaster with the practice dress. It’s the bodice that I am having trouble with. So this weekend I will try to do research to see what the simplest way to do it would be and to take more time to learn how to do the technique instead of just jumping ahead. Trial by fire is great and you can learn a lot but sometimes research is good too….

Do you have any stories about getting too caught up in the details?

A friend of mine refers to it is as ‘being in the weeds’

Enjoy your Easter weekend! Any special plans?

Mad Med Dress part 3

I have been working on my Mad Men dress for Julia Bobbin’s dress challenge. So far I ave hand sewn my practice dress, I seem to have went wrong somewhere though… It’s looking like it is going to be too small, I haven’t tried it on yet so we will what happens tonight.

All I know is that I am very happy that I am making a practice dress out of broadcloth before I touch the fabric I ordered online!

I decided to stay with the original dress that I picked out.

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…

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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?

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:

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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.

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

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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.