Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A "Mad Men"-Inspired Dress

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Hello all!

I hope this finds you all well.

Here is a dress on which I've been working on and off for quite some time now. The pattern is Vogue 8532 and my inspiration was some of the styles in the Mad Men series. This style reminds me of the second-version, self-assured Peggy Olson - or Peggy with a dash of Joan thrown in.

This dress has been rather work intensive - it is fully lined and I didn't want to skimp on any finishing detail, as I chose to work with some truly nice material. The fabric is a gorgeous anthracite wool, and the lining is a China silk that had been sleeping in my stash for way too long. I have been making this in anticipation of colder days - for a while it seemed that winter would be coming very early here, but milder temperatures have returned for now. :)

I'll be honest with you - I am really proud of this dress. I hadn't worked on something so elaborate in quite some time. Isn't the back pretty?
All it needs now is a good hand-hemming session, so hopefully I'll be able to share pictures of the dress being worn soon!


Bonjour à vous !

J'espère que vous allez bien par cet automne parfois assez rude...

Voici une robe sur laquelle je travaille par bribes depuis un bon moment.
Le patron est Vogue 8532 et ce qui m'a inspirée sont les robes très classes de la série Mad Men qui se déroule dans les années 60.
Cette robe a nécessité pas mal de boulot, car elle est entièrement doublée et je n'ai pas voulu prendre de raccourci dans les finitions. Il faut dire que le tissu en valait la peine : une laine anthracite magnifique, que j'ai doublée avec de la soie de Chine. C'est donc une robe que je fais en prévision de l'hiver - on a d'ailleurs bien cru qu'il allait arriver bien plus tôt que prévu par ici, mais la douceur est revenue pour le moment. :)

Je ne le cacherai pas, je suis vraiment fière de cette robe : je n'avais pas travaillé sur quelque chose d'aussi élaboré depuis un bon moment...
Il est pas joli ce dos ? ;)

Tout ce qu'il reste à faire c'est une bonne séance d'ourlets à la main... J'espère pouvoir le faire bientôt afin de partager des photos de la robe portée !

25 comments:

Shashi Nayagam said...

It is looking gorgeous and I am glad that you are sticking to your resolution of making time for sewing.

Vicki said...

Beautiful. Very elegant :)

Lori said...

Very beautiful and chic. wonderful job.

KarenV said...

Very chic indeed Isabelle! Glad that you are making time for relaxation after work :)

ViRginiE said...

Elle est superbe!

pinky said...

Très très belle réalisation !

daisydonut said...

It looks beautiful, can't wait to see you wearing it.

Karen said...

Beautiful dress!

Tracy said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS, Isabelle! It's retro but modern--LOVE it! Such delicate details, and really love the back "collar" accent. Hope the fiber fun eases the work woes... hope those improve too! ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

melissa said...

Bravo!! This is gorgeous! Retro yet modern and just timeless. A perfect little black dress! It's only natural that you're so proud. :)

Eugenia said...

Very beautiful - I LOVE the back collar!

Angela said...

Well done! It's a beautiful dress and I'm sure it will be stunning on you!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It is a very elegant dress and will look wonderful on you.

Margaret said...

Gorgeous Isabelle. Looking forward to seeing a picture of you wearing it as I am sure it will look perfect on you.

Sewingelle said...

fabulous!

Cathy said...

It's gorgeous!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Love the dress! I have wavered over this pattern several times and not picked it up, but now I'm thinking I might need to...

Anonymous said...

elle est fabuleuse cette robe, un vrai travail de pro!
tu seras très "classieuse" quand tu la porteras

biiizzz

Doris

Tanya said...

Isabelle !!! This dress is stunning ~ one of my favorites of your creations. Tres joie :)

Tanya

Nancy K said...

Love it! A very useful lbd. You can take it easily from day into evening. Can't wait to see it on you. Glad you got some time for sewing

Carrick said...

Very pretty. :)

btw, if anyone is missing Mad Men, check out this parody about a Don Draper wanna-be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkU7fnvZQPI

Sigrid said...

Chic! Happy for you that you got some sewing done.

Everlasting said...

Elle est magnifique...à faire rêver!
Bravo:)
J'adore les looks vestimentaires de cette série télé. Je possède des patrons couture des années 50 et je projette d'en faire un post prochainement...à suivre.

Marie said...

vraiment superbe! quel chic!

Tany said...

Superb! You have every reason to be proud of this dress!! BRAVO!

(And I'm almost sure I own this pattern too,... Thanks for the inspiration!)