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eHow old is too old to play dress-ups and make-believe? Somehow, I don’t think you should repress these kind of things or they might return with greater zest! Honestly I’d happily spend my days sewing wiggle dresses and scouting the streets for interesting locations to get into character. Though this time there is a purpose to all this hamming up… Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge. Where did those six weeks go? Today is the big reveal so head to Julia’s for a vintage swoon fest.
1960 Misses' Dress With Slim or Pleated Skirt  McCall's 5692  Size 14  Bust 34  Factory Folded
So here she is: a historically correct, wiggle dress made from this vintage pattern. As it was my first dealings with such a beast, I had no idea what was in store. I’m pleased to report that firstly it came with a nice old person smell. And secondly, there was nothing wild and outrageous about the construction, or instructions. Everything was pretty much the same as today’s patterns. Except for features like this collar. It’s gigantic, and um…reflective. Where ever you go, you get studio lighting on your face. Nifty!
fFabric: Cotton ‘Deer Valley Antler Damask’ in Taragon by Joel Dewberry, from here. I really thought that lining up this design would be a challenge. Have a look at the picture of my behind, don’t be shy… there’s a seam right down middle-back of the skirt. Hard to tell?! A pat on the back for Matchie Matcherson. Maybe this print has magical liner-upy qualities… I didn’t even try and match it at the waist and it still works.
Adjustments: Moved hem from calf to knee length and once again sheared it into a wiggle shape at the bottom.
Notions: Self-cover buttons with collar fabric.
Location: An older suburb, brimming with rickety fences and antique shops with ready-to-borrow props out the front (see suitcase).
Vintage Accessories: Nana Alma’s gloves from the 60’s, mum’s necklace and, including me, it’s a three generation outfit. Naw.
Rather than choose just one inspiring Mad Men dress I went for the oh so fabulous wiggle silhouette. Though of all the ladies I feel this number, with it’s shape and colours, belongs to Joan. So while it’s unlikely to make it to very wearable status it’s still nice seeing it hanging in the closet waiting patiently for a Mad Men themed party. What a challenge! From scouting for vintage patterns, finding era appropriate fabric and playing dress-ups, it was thrills all the way. I feel I’ve brought a little piece of history to life! This must be where sewing gets nerdy.
…I’ll leave you with some Mad Men-esque drama from the ‘trailer’.
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  • Julia Bobbinwrote:

    Soph you are so fantastic in this awesome dress that it makes my ears bleed

  • Tarawrote:

    Love it! So Joan! You should wear it out for a day of antiquing and wine tasting.

  • Jessicawrote:

    this is just so divine. I’m eating up your pictures like dessert!

  • Leah Franquiwrote:

    THIS IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I WANT ONE. SO pretty, just fantastic, and unbearably flattering! It fits like a dream and it suits you to the hilt. Wear it every day. Seriously.

  • sweet jane.wrote:

    This is amazing! If I had this dress, I would wear it WAY MORE OFTEN than is reasonably appropriate. It looks totally gorgeous on you, congratulations!

  • rachaelwrote:

    ah!!! this is amazing, sophie!! love, love, love 🙂

  • Inna Swrote:

    You look stunning! Great job in matching the pattern, very precise 🙂 This look is my favorite from the challenge 🙂

  • Cherisewrote:

    This is definitely one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve seen 🙂

  • spiegel aan de wandwrote:

    This is sooooo gorgeous!

  • Mariewrote:

    Goodness this is breathtaking! I absolutely love it!

  • liza janewrote:

    I love it. It is perfectly mad men but still funky and new. I think you need to wear it, mad men party or not. Really, really fun!

  • Franwrote:

    this dress is delicious!!! the fabric is just perfect and you look fabulous. I say it definitely needs to be worn out 🙂

  • smunchwrote:

    This is AWESOME.

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    Truly beautiful – wiggle dresses are my favorite and that print is out of this world!!

    Also – I don’t think you’re ever too old to play dress up! Sure, its good to fill about 80% of your wardrobe with actual everyday wearable clothes – but the other 20% should just be for fun and frills and a little bit of fantasy!

  • Nancywrote:

    That is absolutely gorgeous – love the fabric, photo shoot and it fits divine! I really enjoy coming on to your blog and seeing the amazing clothes you are making (all of them – for your boys and yourself – do you have anything in the works for your partner:)??)

  • Kimberlywrote:

    So.much.stinking.fun. LOVE!

  • kristinwrote:

    GORGEOUS!!! Yep, definitely need to find plenty of occasions to wear your fabulous wiggle dresses to. They’re just too great.

  • Groovymamawrote:

    This is beautiful. Looks great on you.

  • Inder-ificwrote:

    Whoa. I agree with prior commenters – a dress this gorgeous should not be reserved only for Mad Men themed parties. It should be worn often, at incongruous events, for show-stopping effect.

  • Johannawrote:

    Um, awesome! I love that fabric! I’ve been tempted by it, but never got it! It works awesome with this! And I to hope you wear it to non Mad Men places/events! yay!

  • Neuswrote:

    I just can say wowwwwww!!! This dress is amazing, you’ve done a great job!! You look great on it!
    About your comment: I must say that the Wiksten floral skirt is made by her (by Jenny of Wiksen), my skirt is in navy blue 😉 It’s such a great pattern.
    Have a great day!!

  • Erinwrote:

    Truly lovely–you wear it well!

  • Lynnebwrote:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! It’s fabulous! This dress challenge has been such fun for us, hasn’t it? the reveal was almost as exciting as the Season 5 premier!

  • Rosiwrote:

    Beautiful dress! Don’t wait for a themed party to wear it.

  • Alison F.wrote:

    Love! And I checked out your bum ;0) It lloks awesome in that dress!! So wish I could have the patience to make myself something like this.

  • splatasticwrote:

    Oh my GOD lady!! This is amazing! Even my mum said “wow who’s that?!” haha!

  • tea with lucywrote:

    gorgeousness all over.

    rachel xo

  • My3sonswrote:

    You look so stunning. I think we as women should have at least one costume/ dress up day a week so we can try to look just as pretty! Great work!

  • Rachael Honnerwrote:

    Wowsers I love this dress. You did such a great job! Hope you plan to have date night soon and please do wear it some where extra fabulous.

  • Neenowrote:

    This wiggle dress is damn sexy!

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