This is the final week for entering the Madmen Challenge hosted by Julia Bobbin and I wasn't sure I was going to make it on time. But here it is, the Megan dress:
It's was not an easy choice to make. At first, I thought I would make a Betty or Peggy dress, I didn't even consider making one of Joan's, I am not the same body type and I didn't think it would make honour to her voluptuous frame. Others do it a lot better than me.
And it's also true that I am crazy for full skirts. But as I didn't find the fabric I wanted, I thought about doing an inspiration rather than a copy of one of Madmen's lovely dresses.
And then I found that photo from Tom and Lorenzo that got me thinking.
I have some yellow cotton and a pattern that I wanted to do again with the fabric. The pattern is beloved Butterick 5603, a vintage reproduction I already made this winter. This is obvioulsy a bit different from Megan's dress, but the colour is so bright it looks like her.
Megan is not my favourite character (that's Peggy by the way), but she has a nice way to dress. Very bright colours, simple shapes, she's a young woman from the sixties and we are both french girls leaving in a foreign country (or at least that's what I deducted from hearing her speak french to her parents to announce her imminent wedding to Don).
I am happy I did use some fabric I already had, and as the summer is coming, I am looking forward to wear this dress.
This challenge was perfect for me, a big thank you to Julia for hosting it. It was the motivation I needed to start my blog and keep me going from one project to the next.
Now, I am waiting to see all the other beautiful dresses made for the Madmen Challenge.
I followed option A, which was illustrated in bright yellow as well. I love this pattern, the high waist seams are very flattering. I might try the other versions in the future, but I have used it enough for the moment. Now I am planning something a little more modern.
Now, up to see the first episode of the new season 5 of Madmen!