THE NOT SO MAD DRESS

Hello conductor, one ticket for the lovin-Laurel-express please, I'm jumping aboard! Toot toot!


This dress started its life as a Megan Draper shift for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men Challenge. Unfortunately somewhere between the muslin and the lining everything went pete tong and I threw a tanty and stomped around our tiny apartment wielding scissors in one hand and twisted, frayed silk in the other. Sulking and defeated, I cut the dress (below right) apart and re-stitched a new top bit.


Let's talk Mad Men for a minute--what do you guys think about the new season? If I was in Mad Men I would want to punch Pete in the face, drink tea with Bert, and be Megan's best friend. I'm with Erin in wondering why Megan gets so much hate when she's easily my favourite person (right now--I know Matthew Weiner has the power to change this at any moment).

Ok, back to the dress. So it's not the Mad Men creation I was hoping for but I'm still well and truly on the Laurel bandwagon. Let's just hope Julia Bobbin holds another Mad Men challenge next year!

The deets
The pattern: Colette Laurel
Fabric: Quilting cotton
Notions: None
Changes: Moved bust darts, removed the zip, and shortened sleeves as I didn't have enough fabric to do the full length.
Next time: I will loosen the arm holes and lengthen the back 1cm so I don't booty flash anybody when I bend over.
Worn with: She wore a raaaaaaaasberry beret Prince logo.svg

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  1. Lovely! Pete's a douche and my love of Trudy has blossomed after watching the latest episode!

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    1. I'm watching the next ep tonight... Sooooo excited!

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  2. Very pretty! I never would have thought to use a print this way.

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    1. Me either! Until, ahem, the situation called for it ;)

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  3. Gorgeous dress! Now I'm going to say something truly shocker....I've never actually watched Mad Men! I don't know why because its everything I would love in a show. I guess cause we don't have foxtel I never started watching it. I've always wanted to get them on DVD but never have. I think I really need to!

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    1. Kat, I don't want to be one of those people that is all "you have to watch Mad Men," but YOU have to watch Mad Men! It's so your vintage style! Even if it's on mute ;)

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  4. I`m whit Kat! i only watched a few episodes, and didnt quite "get it". But then again, it was years ago, and my love for retro and vintage dresses wasnt that well-developed. But now I think I will have to give it another trye! Mad Man is everywhere in Bloglandia today! I am totally outdatet:s hehe... I love youre dress and the flowery pattern! Please, check out my blog at http://trollemors-hverdag.blogspot.no/ (Stitches & Pearls)
    Have a super day :)

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    1. You're totally right Trollemor, Mad Men is everywhere! I'd definitely suggest watching it for the fashions :D

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  5. I was born in the 50's and I just love 'Madmen', simply because it is a real reflection of those days and the lifestyle of city people. I love seeing the clothes that even the Draper children wear, because that was what my siblings and I were wearing.On Saturday night I watched all of series 5 so I could catch up and be ready to watch the first episode of series 6 on SoHo on Sunday night. The best weekend in ages!!! I really like the dress that Megan is wearing and I think it will suit you really well, so give it another go.

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    1. Thank you for commenting Marjorie! I've heard many people, even relatives who are Australian, say that it's a good reflection of the time's style. I am in love with Janie Bryant (the costume designer)'s choices, she is obviously a fantastic researcher!

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  6. Cute print!!! Love your Laurel! I´m on board in the lovin-Laurel-express with you, ha, ha, ha! I have made 4 versions as yet, can´t stop!

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    1. Thank you for your comment Masustak eguzkitan, I just discovered your blog and love your Laurels; especially the Cotton Madras one! So bright! :D

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  7. Oh wow I love it! I've never heard of that pattern gotta loves blogs and finding out new things! I like your version way better than the original inspiration. Perfect dress and such beautiful fabric!! I stopped watching Mad Men and moved onto The Carrie Daires I didn't even make it to the Megan Draper episodes but I loved her outfits from what I googled! Lol.

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    1. Just realised its a new colette pattern from your link. Your version is amazing!!!

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    2. I'm still to get onto the Carrie Diaries. Man, TV just produces too much amazing stuff now huh?!

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  8. oh my... you are just too cute.

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  9. I also had that dress as my mad men inspiration, and used the laurel pattern! Ha great minds think alike. I love your finished laurel though!

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    1. Haha totally! After seeing your beautiful tie-dye Laurel I'm almost a little glad mine didn't work out! Can't WAIT to see what you make :)

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  10. What a bummer that Mad Men dress bombed - it was a great idea! Something you would actually wear. But you salvaged it with aplomb my love. This is a sweet little shift and a little silk on the skin is the remedy for almost all failures.

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    1. For reals! My aim in doing these challenges is something new and challenging, but still wearable. A lot of the 50s styles feel a bit cutesy on me, however the 60s? THAT IS MY JAM.

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  11. This is CUTE!!! I loooooooooove it, and you look like a sweet little pixie in your beret!

    OK. Mad Men. Bert is awesome-- he's so smart and zen. I'm not a Megan fan, though. I'm feeling more pity for her this season, but, to me, she often acts like a spoiled kid instead of an adult.

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    1. I get what you mean about the spoiled kid thing, especially some of the more 'schoolish' outfits she rocks, but I still kind of love her. I think you and I would totally click with Bert.

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  12. I LOVE this! And I love how you styled it with the hat and shoes.

    About the whole Megan thing.... I can understand that people don't like her, I just don't get why they "hate" her. It's so wild to me, I don't know what she did.

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  13. If only the photos could have sound, so that everyone could hear the 3 Greek ladies on the right gossiping xx

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  14. I'd want to punch Pete in the face too! Very cute Laurel :)

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  15. Awesome dress! I love the cheery floral contrast fabric you used. This is actually the prettiest Laurel version I've seen to date!

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  16. Beautiful laurel variation! The beret looks just adorable with it!

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  17. I just found your blog through Handmade by Carolyn. I just wanted you to know I heard the entire song in my head after reading the last line of this post. Ear worm!

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