Sunday, 20 April 2014

My (Slightly) Mad Men Dress - PATRONES 272 Number 34

Well I totally missed the deadline for  Julia Bobbin's Mad Men Challenge but, nevertheless, decided to add my take on it to my blog anyway.  I'd been eyeing up the Pattern from Patrones no 272, pattern no 34 from 2008 for some time and when I saw the Mad Men Dress Challenge I decided now was the time.  Click on the link above to see the wonderful creations of the sewing community that did manage to get their offerings submitted in time.

The dress was made from a piece of wool remnant that I picked up from Leicester Market recently and I only just managed to squeeze out the pattern from the amount that I had.  Consequently the fabric pattern doesn't match as well as I would have liked, but I did manage to match up the lines on some parts.


After initial construction the armholes seemed a bit large compared to the picture and I had to take in quite a bit of the side seams in order not to have my undergarments on show!!  The collar also stood out at the back but a couple of press studs fixed this minor amendment quickly.

Although not in the pattern I decided to add some piping to the seam between bodice and waist as it set off the black in the fabric and added a bit of interest.  It also matches the inside of the pockets where I used some cotton satin as I discovered after cutting out I didn't have enough original fabric to line the pockets.  Sewing the dress was fairly easy. After pocket construction the skirt was made of 6 panels and the front bodice gathered at top and bottom.  The collar was interfaced and attached after zip insertion - it was just the armhole alternation that took a little extra thinking about.

The original image from Patrones 
The hem was finished with bias binding and hand sewn.  Now all I needed was an excuse to wear it.  Easter saturday provided some welcome sunshine and a trip to Walthamstow gave me the opportunity.  Being a tad chilly I opted for a long sleeved layer and finished it off with a vintage brooch.  By there way, as well as fabric finds in Walthamstow Market there's some very lovely restaurants in Walthamstow Village about 15 minutes walk from High Street.

I even managed to bag a selection of fabric in the market - a bargain at just over £20 for five pieces.

So that's it.  Mad Men project done and dusted.

Ease factor - fairly straightforward.
Cost - £6 remnant + zip and bias binding (about £1.50).

Now to my Patrones collection for ideas for the new purchases.

Happy sewing.

Linda x


  1. Gorgeous dress! I hadn't seen this pattern before, it has some really interesting elements.

  2. Hi Ladystitcher. it's a Patrones pattern -quite old but from a very good issue. I love the collar and big pockets