I finished my Megan dress for the Mad Men Challenge- the second zipper stayed put! I’m calling this dress Megan’s Vendetta because she fought me every step of the way, I never knew such a malicious dress. First I couldn’t find my regular bodice block so settled for making the bodice from another bodice. Then, characteristically, I over-complicated the pattern by drafting a separate midriff section. I don’t want to sound whiny, but I unpicked and unpicked the bodice-to-midriff seam to make it sit smoothly under my bust more times than I can count. The seam area began to look shabby so I left it alone, but my fingers are still itching to get in there and pull it apart just one more time.
This is what I should have done. Much simpler, but of course it didn’t occur to me until halfway through construction. I’d fold the darts out on the pattern pieces to create a shaped band and sew them together. Then I’d sew two strips to the bottom to make the very nice Megan midriff section.
After all the careful sewing, we’ve had rain almost every day this week which means no outdoor photos. Eventually, we settled for indoors shots, which we find much trickier than standing around in the yard. I felt more like I was on the set of Psycho than Mad Men.
That said, I’m still very fond of this dress. I used a knee-length half-circle skirt, shorter than my usual skirt length but I like it. The fabric is a very lightweight but firmly woven cotton poplin with a whiff of lycra. I’m sure the lycra contributed to my midriff seam angst.
I like this style, too. It’s comfortable and feminine and while the insets lend it some visual interest and a whiff of vintage flair, it’s not fussy or over the top. The dress itself is quite comfortable, too. I want to take a second crack at this dress using a simplified process and shades of blue. Or greens. I feel like I’m really, really close to an awesome pattern.
If you haven’t already, check out the Mad Men inspired dresses on Sew Weekly. Because of my snafu, I missed the deadline to show my dress. I feel terrible- I keep missing it. Oh well, there’s always next week, right?
Julia Bobbin is also running a Mad Men dress challenge, and if you haven’t seen her “Easiest Button to Button” dress, I suggest you go take a look. It’s incredible.