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Mad Men Dress Challenge – Inspiration

Now that my Pastille is finished, I’m starting to really focus on Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge! I’ve been re-watching episodes on my lap top and taking screen shots trying to pick my very favorite dress. It’s so hard to choose! Here are just a few that really caught my eye…

Peggy’s pink gingham day dress is right up my ally! Plus, with spring right around the corner, I’d love to add a dress like this to my closet.

This dress is so wonderfully simple and classy! Yellow is my favorite color, and I’ve been known to put a button on anything and everything I can. I think that’s what draws me to this dress so much.  I have a bunch of projects planned for March, along with sewing for the Queen City Craft Fair, so I think simple might be the best option for me and my Mad Men dress.

I saw this dress and had a mini “OMG” moment when I realized we carry almost that exact print at the shop where I work!! How perfect is that?! The fabric match alone makes me feel a serious need to recreate this dress. Like, NEED.

I love Joan’s wardrobe on the show, but when it comes down to it, I just feel way more comfortable in A-line dresses. I can’t tell you how tempted I was to turn the fitted bottom of my Pastille into a big poofy circle skirt! But, I figured in the spirit of the Sew-along, I should probably keep it recognizable as a Pastille. Oh Joan, if only I could rock a wiggle dress like you do!

Betty also wears a ton of super cute A-line summer dresses that I love, but in my mind these 3 stand out the most! Hmm… guess I’ll just have to watch more episodes before I choose.

Is anyone else participating in the challenge? What Mad Men dresses do you love?

Happy Monday All!


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  • That pink dress would be oh-so-cute on you!  Plus the button tab details are adorable (and would be easy to draft!)!

    • I do love the pink dress!! I’m going with Trudy’s dress for the challenge since I found a pattern that will work perfectly for it and time is an issue for me in March. But! That same pattern will also work well for Peggy’s dress, and when I have a bit more time, I definitely plan to recreate that one!! I love the buttons and tabs so much. Plus who doesn’t love pink gingham?!

  • Verenezara2011

    My favorite is the red one, but I have a feeling you could totally rock the yellow one, the fit for it requires a long slender body, which you totally have!  Yellow is not only spring but summer too!

  • Three great choices!!!

  • Helloo! I’ve just stumbled upon your blog recently and am in love. Your Pastille dress is simply adorable.

    I’m also participating in Julia’s Mad Men challenge and am so excited! I’ve picked a Joan dress as my inspiration, but had fully anticipated going with a Trudy or Betty dress (I love a-line and twirly skirts!). I’d even had Trudy’s day dress on my list of inspiration, and, had I come across that perfect fabric you found, I just might have ended up picking it.

    There’s no chance you could go wrong with the inspiration you’ve got. Can’t wait to see what you end up creating!

    • Hi Sue! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello, it really makes my day!  I can’t wait to see which Joan dress you’ve picked, she has so many good ones! p.s. I’m checking out your blog now… 

  • Julia Diamente

    Lady, firstly – great screen shot work. Very fancy indeed.
    Secondly I am in LOVE (in that slightly over-the-top awkward way) with your Mad Men dress choices. I too want that yellow dress like yesterday.How the heck is one to choose? I need to call in sick for a month straight so I can catch up on my list of ‘to-sew’. It’s making me break out into a rash.Love your blog too x

    Julia Bobbin

    • Why thank you!! I wish I could get a better shot of Trudy’s dress, but she’s in the scene for such a short period of time. I keep joking that picking a Mad Men dress to re-create is that hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life! (totally kidding) But it sure feels like it haha! 

      It really makes my day that you enjoy my blog 🙂 It’s no secret I heart yours too!!