Easter Dress 2014: Mad Men, Retro & Babcha Inspired

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 A Few Notes About the Video

Before I begin shar­ing my project, I want say thank you to my old friend from Notre Dame friend, Pat McKillen. He gave me per­mis­sion to use his song Found for my video. Even though it’s one of his older songs, it’s still one of my favorites as it seems to cap­ture my jour­ney over the years. Some of my other favorites include: Carry On Car­o­line, Cover Time After Time, and Cover Gal­way Girl.

Even though I am still devel­op­ing my tal­ents as a video­g­ra­pher, I filmed all the clips for this video. Ditto for my sketch­ing skills, (My sis­ter is giv­ing me lessons!) I’m a lit­tle embar­rassed to even post it, but I did want to share it. Please remem­ber that it is a very rough sketch.

It’s been a year since my babcha (grand­mother) passed away.

One would guess that my daily life wouldn’t have been affected so much liv­ing so far away from her. I was not one of her devoted care­tak­ers. Nev­er­the­less my life has changed quite a bit.  In all aspects of my life, I have seen my hard work pay off and show results. Coin­ci­dence? I think not. I have no doubt that Babcha has lent a hand in some way.

With Ash Wednes­day, it was time for me to start my annual Easter dress. There was no ques­tion that Babcha was my inspi­ra­tion – but with an unusual twist.  This year I’m  incor­po­rat­ing Mad Men fash­ion to the dress, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Chal­lenge. (I don’t watch Mad Men, but the out­fits inspired me!)


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For about a week, I was set on a col­lared dress design. (I don’t want to share my first design because I hope to make it in the future!) But when I started look­ing through my fab­ric, I real­ized I should use my babcha’s vin­tage flo­ral fabric.

Last July I started mak­ing a dress from this fab­ric, but I ulti­mately scratched the dress because it looked too dated and vintage.

But now – this fab­ric is exactly what I’m look­ing for!

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With my vin­tage look­ing fab­ric laid out on the table, I gath­ered ideas from the web & vin­tage Pin­ter­est boards.

Below are the pho­tos and details that caught my eye and inspired my over­all look.

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At first, I wanted a sil­hou­ette sim­i­lar to my black vel­vet Christ­mas dress and the Chanel dress worn by Keira Knightly, but with a long fit­ted skirt. I envi­sioned the top layer of the bodice hav­ing an asym­met­ri­cal design using the flo­ral stripes from my babcha’s fabric.

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bon­ing in front and back bodice

I started with Burdastyle’s boned strap­less dress pat­tern. Before drap­ing the loose bodice piece on the strap­less dress, I checked the fit of the dress.

As always, I had lim­ited time to make this dress. I skipped the step of mak­ing a mock-up in hopes of sav­ing a lot of time and money. I have con­sis­tently worn the same size in Bur­dastyle Pat­terns, so I thought I would have no prob­lem. But this time, the dress didn’t fit. The hips were too tight!!

I didn’t have enough fab­ric to cut a new CF skirt panel. Instead, I added a flo­ral stripe down the front of the skirt.  I don’t really like the stripe, but it did its job and now the skirt fits!

 The stripe down the front of the skirt threw me off! I felt that my orig­i­nal bodice design wouldn’t work with the new skirt.

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Ulti­mately, I decided to keep the dress sim­ple and make a bolero jacket using the flo­ral fab­ric instead.

I mod­i­fied a Bur­dastyle jacket pat­tern for my bolero jacket. I designed the bolero as I went along and didn’t have a spe­cific style or design in mind.

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In the end, I was very happy with the final bolero design and construction.

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The dress has bon­ing in the front and back.

In con­clu­sion,  my dress looked very dif­fer­ent from the Mad Men dresses I orig­i­nally picked out. But  if I had to choose, I could see Joan wear­ing this out­fit.  This is crazy because I orig­i­nally set out to make some­thing Megan Draper would wear!

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This was the dress I started with the flo­ral fab­ric back in July.

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7 Thoughts on “Easter Dress 2014: Mad Men, Retro & Babcha Inspired

  1. Mary Jane on 03/16/2014 at 14:03 said:

    Sew” gor­geous! Loved the video. The dress is just fab­u­lous. You are such a gifted young lady! Your Babcha is smil­ing down on you :)

  2. carriethompson on 03/16/2014 at 17:37 said:

    Beau­ti­ful dress and bolero! Looks very MadMed yet also mod­ern in a way, love it!

  3. I really loved the video and the music. The dress is fab­u­lous. Gor­geous fab­ric and the trims really add a nice touch. Congratulations!

  4. Tessa O'Connor on 03/20/2014 at 03:02 said:

    Bril­liant Video and dress a per­fect out­fit for a sum­mer wedding.

  5. Gor­geous — the dress, the bolero, the video. Stun­ning. You are so tal­ented in so many aspects, this could only have been a suc­cess. Well done. x

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