By now it should be all over the sewing interwebs - Julia (of JuliaBobbin fame) is holding a Mad Men Dress challenge.
Now, I'm a regular admirer of both the Mad Men aesthetic and Julia's taste in dresses, but I'm not exactly the biggest dress wearer myself. In fact, I bought a day dress for the first time just about 18 months ago (we're talking day-dresses here, not fancy ones) and am slowly getting more comfortable with the concept of wearing them (sewing has had a big influence on that).
I have a rather large (and continually expanding) collection of 1940's, 50's and 60's dress patterns thanks to Etsy - the garments and cover drawings are so pretty so how could I not? But wearing them in real life? Hmm. So Julia's challenge would ideally be the perfect outlet.
My dilemma - between now and leaving for my South American trip early next week, I'm just not going to have the time to sew it all up. Damn. My Inspiration shot was going to be Joan in this blue high waisted skirt, belt and silky top combo:
And I even found the perfect pattern - a loose silk blouse from a 1983 McCall's pattern (top right) - which was actually described on the packet as a 'Disco Top'. Hilarious.
Matched with this me-made skirt and of course assuming a Joanie pose, I think the resultant effect would be Mad Men reminiscent... (and apropos to my soon-to-be jet-setting status) kinda like this:
So whilst I'm not going to be able to officially join in the Mad Men fun, I've decided that on my return, I AM going to sew up one of those vintage dresses from my collection - in all it's completely unnecessary-dress gloriousness:
And you get to choose which one. So - do you prefer the 1960's Simplicity dress in the full skirt or straight skirt, or the 1950's McCall's? You've got until the end of March to vote!