MadMen Season 5 is making it’s return to TV .YES!!! we’re all waiting in anticipation to see what happens and more importantly what will Joan, Betty and Peggy be wearing? So for the season return this week we’re sewing MadMen style. Sew Weekly have also made a season return to all things glamorous and photo shoot fresh with the pioneers of sewing awesomeness from 2011 Debi, Adey, Sarah and Veronica Darling.
For this challenge I decided on Joans Op-Art, Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian inspired dress from Season 1, episode ‘Long Weekend’ all because it would suit my hair and that it possess that Mary Quant mod feel about it, something I ‘d wear again as opposed to a fifties frou frou dress. Fun Fact: did you know that I ate close to a loaf of spelt bread this week to try and get the shape of Joans booty? Instead it sat on my stomach, where all the bad food sits which in a way is good because it’s visible to me and I can work on, well, not eating bread. Back to the dress…
This dress I made from broadcloth it was a total pain in the arse, I spent way too much time on it; I like to divide my time, this dress took over my precious reading time, I was not happy so finding a place to photograph this outfit was out of the question too. It was the shapes on the sides of this dress that got me shouting dirty swear words; I tackled the dress differently to the one Joans wearing. I cut out large white squares for the blue and red squares to sit on sewing these into place, then I positioned the squares on the not-yet-joined side pieces cutting away the excess at the waist line. The excess pieces were flipped then sewn to the back side pieces. It wasn’t until I had sewn up the sides that I realised that the lines were out so I spent the majority of my night fiddle arseing about unpicking and resewing so the colours would line up. I knew if I’d left it, I would never wear it. So with all the effing and jeffin going on the below pic is the best I could muster.
I am only a little bit pleased with the end result now that I’ve had time to sit and reflect on the squares!! admittedly the stitching could be better but considering my time constraints this will have to do….
Look at Joans! it looks like they had trouble lining the squares up too. I’m glad I made mine with the layering of the squares. Joans looks like it would of been a nightmare of a job to master.
I decided to place a zip in the back because I knew the front would gape along the placket, so yes the front is fake fake fake and no no no I didn’t sew fake button holes that would be crazy crazy crazy. Joans buttons stop half way down, I thought it was easier to go all the way. Since viewing these photos I have released the tension around that top button and tacked down the top of the placket that you see sitting up, it looked somewhat unprofessional in my eyes. She looks wearable now.
These shoes I call ‘photo only shoes’ they’re impossible to walk in. Terribly D A N G E R O U S and will probably remain in its crooked little box till MadMen Season 6. I wonder if the show will venture into the 80′s. Ha! Don Draper as a New Romantic dandy can you imagine? Betty looking Like A Virgin? It’s always interesting to see how these things pan out, a bit like this dress.
This dress I’ve name after Lenny Kravitz’s song Always on the Run from his delightfully tasty album Mama Said, he was mesmerising to say the least in concert last Saturday. What a show! I was blown away, didn’t expect anything less to be honest…So yes! The Always on the Run Dress, that’s what I’ll name her, that was exactly how I felt last week rushing about like a Mad Women.