See my post at The Sew Weekly.
Fabric: 4 yards Anna Maria Horner cotton from fabric.com, $36
Pattern: Simplicity 5036, View 4
Year: can’t find on the pattern, I’m guessing 1960 or so
Notions: 10 buttons, bias binding
Time to complete: a labor-intensive week
First worn: Sunday 3/18
Wear again: yes
Total cost: about $40
I’ve long been wanting to make a raglan-sleeved shirt dress with a full skirt a la Betty Draper. The dress below is from the first season, but she wears many similar dresses, including light-colored sleeveless ones for summer. I love how these shots reveal so much about Betty’s character. Notice how pissed she looks? I didn’t want to channel Betty’s profound sadness, so I chose a technicolor butterfly print.
There are two things I don’t want you to notice about this dress, so of course I’m telling you about them. Profoundly sad for me, I neglected to pay attention to the layout of the print while cutting and ended up with an echo effect on the front. It could be worse (I’m looking at you, Oona!), but it could also be a lot better. No fabric left to cut a second bodice front piece, so. . . moving on. I also made the buttonholes too far in from the front edge. Kind of a bummer having spent SO MUCH TIME on this thing.
We took the photos at a very un-Mad Men location, Ikea, where we proceeded to shop for solutions to the inefficient and frustrating way my sewing has taken over the living room. Then I had a cocktail, like Betty (and every other character on the entire show) would.