Sunday, April 21, 2013

Coral Mad Men Megan Dress

My Mad Men Challenge 2 dress is done, and just in the nick of (graciously extended) time! :)


My Mad Men Challenge 2 dress is "inspired by" two of Megan Draper's coral dresses on the show.

Love the color, length, and short sleeves :: Source here
Love the fitted bodice, pleated slim skirt, and of course, the color! :: Source here
So here is my finished dress:


Pattern: Simplicity 2588 (Project Runway)
Design Elements: neckband, raglan pleated sleeves, fitted bodice with princess seams, slim skirt
Fabric: Coral "Special Potpourri" double-weave fabric from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL


I was somewhat worried about the "slim skirt" with my pear shaped body, but I knew this would be a great fabric for it! Also, I really wanted to push myself to stick to the "Megan look", which would definitely be a slim fitting skirt.

I graded the skirt out several sizes from the waist to hips, but actually had to take it back in a few sizes once I tried it on. This will be good to remember for future makes with this pattern - I only need to grade out one to two sizes for the hips, even though the "measurements" would lead me to believe several more. I was somewhat sad that in the skirt taking in process, I lost my pockets :*(  Oh well - perhaps I will go back and put them in another time.

The back view is a little wonky - I forgot to press it before the pic - looks better IRL :)
Also, for some reason I have discovered that I love putting in zippers with the "invisible zipper method" even if they are just regular zippers.  I found this out after doing it TWICE by mistake - once in this dress, and once in my Polka Dot Dress. I liked how it looked, so I just kept it that way, but now I'm wondering if I remember how to put in normal zipper the normal way - lol. Good thing I just got Sunni's Mastering Zipper Techniques Crafty class to help me!


After the first few pictures, I remembered we had an old typewriter in the corner - and of course, I had to use it for some "authentic" takes!





In other news, I am getting very excited for Me Made May! I've got some new garments in the works (like a Deer&Doe Chardon Skirt) and I am really motivated to make them. You will definitely see this dress in the mix! I mean really, it's a perfect teacher dress :)

32 comments:

  1. That looks adorable! really suits you, and a great colour too

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  2. Really cute - love the coral!

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  3. Sally, your dress turned out amazing, and it looks gorgeous on you! This coral color looks beautiful with your coloring. I love the neckline and the cut; and you wear this slim-cut SO well! The picture of you sitting by the "old" typewriter brought back memories of me working as a secretary the 1980's at Motorola in Schaumburg, where I wore dresses and pantyhose to work every day, and used a "Selectric" typewriter, with a built-in correction ribbon.....top of the line!~ But, I digress.....this dress is a great success and wear it with pride!

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    1. Oh goodness Sue, you make me blush :) Thanks so much for your compliments - I know you were rocking those 80's dresses!!

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  4. This looks lovely on you. I'm a bit confused by how you put a regular zipper in the "invisible zipper way" - how does it look close up?

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    1. great question! I think I'll take a close up pic and do a mini post on it - basically picture a regular zipper but without top stitching down the sides. Idk - I may being doing something totally wrong but for some reason the invisible zip method is just stuck in my head :)

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  5. Gorgeous! I want one exactly like it!

    (Now I'm kind of fascinated by the two Megan dresses you posted -- the first is a mid-1960s shift while the second is distinctly 1950s with the neckline and the super-fitted bodice. And Megan is also wearing bigger Jackie hair and what appears to be a heavy 1950s bra with the older dress. Love it.)

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  6. Gorgeous! This dress is fabulous and the color is so good on you! Awesome job :)

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  7. You're a vision in coral. The dress turned out beautifully. And, the shape works really, really well on you.

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  8. Gorgeous dress and the colour is fab! Looks like you had fun taking the photos too :) Loving looking through your makes btw!

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  9. Cute! love the dress and your photos!

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  10. You look so cute! I love that color and the style on you! What a fun post!

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  11. Lovely dress! I'm totally obsessed with coral right now! Such a pretty color.

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  12. This is super cute. I just love the cute little sleeves and the color is great!

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  13. Horray....you finished! It is lovely...... The colour is really nice and good job on those hips..... On another note, your typewriter looks a bit modern :) lol.....great job.

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    1. Thank you! It IS modern :( lol - my hubs got it as a prop for $5 and now it sits in our corner - I would love to get a really old vintage one sometime, though!

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  14. Hi Sally, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. I've loved reading through your projects and hope you'll play along and share your favourite up and coming blogs!
    http://www.mabelmakes.com/2013/04/the-liebster-award/

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    1. That is awesome! Thank you so much :) You can definitely count on an upcoming post from me soon! Yay!!!

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  15. Last picture is pretty funny - I decided that you want to try roses on tooth%)))

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  16. How brilliant to use the typewriter in these photos. You look incredible in this dress, and of course I'm as captivated by the color as everyone else. Everything looks flawless. Looks like you don't need Sunni's zipper class, but it IS wonderful. You'll love it.
    Truly great job!
    Shelley

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  17. The dress looks great, and your hair is perfectly Megan. Love!

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  18. Love it! It looks so nice on! Well done :)

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  19. Your dress is amazing! Love the color and the skirt design.

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  20. Love your dress! The colour and shape really suits you, and I love the type-writer pics :)

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  21. That dress really suits you and I love the colour. It's funny how some patterns have a lot of ease in them (one I'm working with now has over 15cm of ease!) at least you don't have to grade them much, that makes life easier!

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  22. Gorgeous! The color is fantastic!!

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  23. Lovely dress! You look so cute in pink, and what a great fit!

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  24. Gorgeous color and great fit! Love your dress:)

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