The Mad Men dress goes to work

Mad Men dress styled 1 - Vogue 7298

I wore my beloved Mad Men dress (vintage Vogue 7298) to work yesterday – styled with a cute floral cardigan from Ann Taylor.  Hooray for wearing handmade garments to work!  : )  Problem: when you work in a lab with hazardous chemicals that you might spill on yourself (ahem), wearing precious garments might not be such a good idea.  I’m pretty sure I spilled acid on the skirt at one point and almost had a heart attack.  Argh!!  So far I don’t see the characteristic acid stain (ask me how I know what an acid stain looks like), but we’ll see.  Crossing my fingers that disaster has been averted here.  Such drama!

Mad Men dress styled 2 - Vogue 7298           Mad Men dress styled 3 - Vogue 7298

I did enjoy wearing a fabulous handmade garment for the rest of the day though, despite the acid splatter in the morning.  I got a few nice compliments from labmates who know that I sew, and I do feel  kind of fancy prancing around the lab in a nice dress.  Haha, am I crazy?  I dress like such a slob for the lab everyday, so once in a while I have to remind myself that I am, in fact, a woman.  : )  I used to wear nice clothes and heels to work everyday (when I had an office job), and I miss it!  Oh well, it’s one of the many sacrifices I make to do the work that I love.  Go science!

Can you picture me wearing safety goggles and latex gloves in this outfit?  Ha!

Do you wear your handmade creations to work?  : )

Mad Men dress – finished!

Mad Men dress - vintage Vogue 7298 - swish pose

I am thrilled to present my finished Mad Men dress (vintage Vogue 7298) – hands down my favorite sewing project of all time!  : )  It’s the perfect shade of purplish-pink!  It has a bold white stripe!  It’s from the 60s!  It fits perfectly!  Can you tell I’m excited???  : )

Project stats:

Pattern: Vogue 7298 (vintage from the 1960s; now out of print; purchased on Etsy)

Fabric: Purple exterior and pink lining: Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman; black and white lining: Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander

Modifications: Added a total of 2″ in length to the bodice (1″ just below the neckline to lengthen the armholes and lower the bust darts, 1″ just above the waist), took off about 3″ in width from the waistline, deepened the neckline and armholes by 1.5″ all around, shortened the hem to slightly above the knee, modified the stripe closure in the back to make it lay flat, added a full lining.

Level of crafty satisfaction: OMG I love it!!!

I had a great time with the photo shoot thanks to the self-timer on my laptop camera – hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did!

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Mad Men dress: more hand sewing

Mad Men dress - hand sewing the liningI’ve been slowly but surely plugging away on my purple Mad Men dress (vintage Vogue 7298).  I didn’t find much sewing time this week, but tonight I managed to finish hand-sewing the lining into the bodice.  I folded under the edges of the lining along the zipper tape and along the top of the skirt and tacked them in place using a simple mattress stitch.  Easy peasy! Continue reading

Mad Men dress: attaching a lining by hand

Mad Men dress - attaching lining at back neckline

How do you add a lining to a dress pattern that doesn’t include a lining?  By hand, of course!  Well, technically you could probably do it by machine via some serious head-scratching and “I’d-better-sew-everything-in-the-right-order” heart palpitations, but I opted to take the slow/easy route and do it by hand.  There are some great instructions in the Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing, which state that adding a lining by hand is a traditional tailoring technique and the “classic” way of doing it, so there you have it.  Who am I to argue with tradition?  : )

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Vintage patterns: Mad Men dress (in progress)

Mad Men dress - in progress - Vogue 7298

I’ve been awful about updating my poor little blog lately, but I’ve certainly been sewing up a storm!  My latest project is a vintage 1960s mod dress, Vogue 7298 (now out of print), which I’ve been affectionately calling the “Mad Men dress.”  Isn’t it fabulous?  I’m in love with that white stripe!  : ) Continue reading