First up – the London meet up. How cool was that?! To be honest I am still coming down and when I do I will post about it properly but I just wanted to say that you were all right. I had no reason to be nervous. Every single person I met was friendly, interesting, lovely and totally cool! Aren’t sewists just the best? And a big thank you to the fabulous Rachel for her fantastic organisation, she really is a star. Can’t wait until the next one.
Right, next – the Mad Men challenge. I finished my dress – Yay! But now my camera is refusing to let me see the photos. So I had to bribe my eight year old to take some with my iphone. And she does love a crazy camera angle, so these are the best of the bunch. My inspiration came from this blue floral number worn by Betty in series four:
Mainly because I already had fabric and a pattern in my stash – Butterick 9269 from the early 60’s, that I have already made up once before so I wouldn’t need to do a muslin.
Okay, this is where I confess that I have only ever seen about five episodes of Mad Men. I can appreciate that it is good television and I did enjoy the episodes I watched. I just prefer my TV viewing to have a few more murders. Or aliens. Or both. I do love the clothes but that was not enough to hold my interest. Maybe I should have persevered?
Anyway, in theory this should have been easy, and apart having to juggle sewing with small ill child (better now, yay!) it was. The fabric was a bit of a pain. It is something called ‘microfibre’ which I now know means ‘slippery as feck and frays like a bastard’. It was also quite thin and see through so I lined it with a white cotton sheet. I took the side seams in a bit as my last attempt had a bit too much ease. I also tried to be clever and do a low back, which ended up making the whole neck gape. I fixed it with a couple of pleats in the front neckline. When I was researching what to make I noticed that a few of Joan’s outfits had this detail so I figured I could get away with it. The pattern is quite interesting in that there are little gathers at the sides of the front and back bodice instead of darts, which I quite liked. And the bit that looks like a waistband is actually a belt but I didn’t have a buckle so I used hooks and eyes for now.
Well here it is:
It was interesting making up this pattern again because it did allow me to see just how far I’ve come with my sewing. I still have a lot to learn but it’s nice to be able to look back and see how much progress I’ve made. I think I’m getting there.
‘I, Jo, of The Amazing Adventures of Taracat, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one self made garment each day for the duration of May 2013, but I am allowing myself one day a week off if I need it.’