Sunday, 11 March 2012

Mad Men challenge: completed!

(source)
(source)
(source)

I have completed the Julia Bobbin Mad Men Dress Challenge!!

The dress I chose to make was the dress worn by Rachel Menken in season 1, episode 10 'Long Weekend'. The reason I chose this dress was mainly because it looked like something I could actually make!!!! As a beginner, my sewing skills are quite limited, I would be dreaming if I thought I could make something more extravagant like the dresses that Julia Bobbin makes. I recently fell in love with bias binding and was thrilled at the opportunity to make something using more of it. 

I wasn't very confident that I could pull of the mustard colour, I only own two dresses in the yellow family. I decided to conduct a fashion experiment, I bought a RTW mustard dress, wore it to work and got plenty of compliments. Yay. 

I looked everywhere for mustard coloured fabric (I have been referring to it as mustard, but I'm not entirely sure if it is mustard... but anyway!) but I couldn't find anything so I bought some gold cotton from Lincraft. I still wasn't convinced I would look nice in gold - I am still traumatised from wearing those hideous gold polo tops in primary school - so I kept looking. 

Lucky I waited because the next day I found mustard cotton at Spotlight! On sale! $3m! It was perfect, except that it was very sheer, but for $3 I bought enough to line the whole dress. I even had enough left over to make a tie/belt/bow.

I made the dress using the M5845 bodice as a sloper and skirt pattern from Simplicity 2117. I simply replaced the two darts on the front bodice with two folds and changed the neck to a crew neck. On the skirt, I removed the pockets. I used 25mm bias binding around the neck and armholes.

I wanted to use an invisible zipper, but silly me tried to insert the zipper at 2am and I effed it up so badly... but I continued on sewing the lining and dress together, and the back seam. I ended up spending hours unpicking the entire thing the next day. I usually ace invisible zippers, perfect first time almost everytime, but my eyes were so tired that night. After all that unpicking, I decided I did not want to use an invisible zipper anymore (traumitised now), instead decided to do a hand picked zip. I quite enjoyed the handpicking! I zig zagged the edges of the hem, and finished it by hand using the new handstitching technique I learnt last week in dressmaking class.

Pattern: Used M5845 and Simplicity 2117 as slopers.
Size: Size 6 bodice, graded to size 8 waist, size 8 skirt.
Fabric: 2.2m cotton (mustard), 25mm bias binding (black).
Notions: Dress zipper (buttercup) 24", Gutermann thread (325, 000).
Time: 6 hours to draw up pattern, cut and sew, 2 hours unpicking, 2 hours handpicking zip and hemming. Total of 10 hours.
New techniques learned: 
My first time handpicking a zip.
Invisible stitching on the hem.
Folds on the front.
I love bias binding.
Darts on the back.
Check out my handpicking. So proud I had the patience to handpick 1.2m of zip.
I am so happy to have completed this challenge, I actually want to make more dresses inspired by Mad Men!!!!! If I have time, I will try and make another by March 30. Ooooh, other exciting news, I bought an overlocker on Friday!!! I haven't opened it yet, still wrapped in the box. I'll open it once I learn how to thread it :D

I also have other super, super exciting news, which I will share once it goes to press (hint, hint!). 

I hope you guys like my Mad Men copycat dress. I love it, and I am now open to wearing mustard. Woo hoo.

Now somebody host  Mad Men party so I can attend wearing this dress!


19 comments:

  1. Awesomeness! I love it and it's a great copy-cat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you :) It's very simple compared to the other dresses that I wish I could make... I have been looking at other bloggers' Mad Men dresses and they use such beautiful fabrics (some I have never even heard of!!) and I cannot wait till the day I am skill enough to sew with them xx

      Delete
  2. I absolutely love it. Ooo so jealous you have an overlocker, once you have thread it the once you can just attach new threads (by knots) and pull them through; my tutor showed me that, easy peasy. You will be able to create a knit dress on your overlocker. Love seeing your enthusiasm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tina, yeah I've used the overlocker at class heaps and changed the thread the same way, I just don't kow how to do the initial threading, and I'm too lazy to watch the DVD hehehehe, plus I like looking at it in the box, it is so beautiful ;)

      Delete
  3. Oh wow!!!! You are on a roll'!!! Yay for you!!!! Loving the dress it's awesome.
    I'm not sure what a handpick zip is, lol but sounds like something I should add to my beginners' list as well:-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just realised I turned the excess zipper tape at the top in the wrong way! hahaha It was very easy to do the zipper this way, more time consuming, but u have more control :)

      Delete
  4. Looks great! I also love your props -- you'd fit right in in Mad Men :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehehe, all thanks to years of attending dress up parties :P

      Delete
  5. I love love LOVE the dress! It looks wonderful! The hand-picked zip is something I also have been wanting to try, it really does add to the look.

    I also just got an overlocker, and I'm going to take a class. I'm a little intimidated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't even unwrapped the overlocker yet!!! Once I get my cabinet, I will, at the moment I don't have anywhere to store it. The shop where I bought the overlocker gave me 4 x 30mins one-on-one get to know your machine sessions :)

      Delete
  6. That is so spot on; I love it! I was eying this dress for the challenge, too, but decided against it since I don't need any more random dresses in my closet. Aren't hand-picked zips addicting? I don't think I've touched an invisible zip in ages.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's true it is kinda random!! I would probably only wear it to a costume party lol. The other Mad Men dresses all look so complicated to make. Which dress have you chosen?

      Delete
  7. This is just gorgeous (both you and the dress!). Love the pearl necklace too!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow this looks great and the gloves go so well with it! Well done on making such a great dress! I'm new to your blog and loving it, following! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for following my blog :) Ive been to so many costume parties... I even have a pirate moustache heheheh

      Delete
  9. i was SO glad to see a Rachel dress! It looks wonderful on, and is so nicely done! This dress challenge has been such fun for us, hasn't it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I was the only Rachel dress wasn't I?
      your blogs are wonderful by the way! I'm following now. I'm so behind with my blog stalking these days :)

      Delete

©Copyright 2011 - 2013. Powered by Blogger.

© 2011 Sew Me Love, AllRightsReserved.

Designed by ScreenWritersArena