Posts Tagged ‘vintage patterns’

Pink Dress

So how about last weeks MMFM, huh? The best yet, I think. Oh boy, I am lame. I have no legitimate excuse—I think V-Day week finally caught up with me and I basically slept the weekend away and before I knew it, it was Tuesday night and I hadn’t typed a word. Oh well. That is the way life goes sometimes. But I am back and on track (for now) and I’ve got some grand plans for future entries, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

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It’s been a while since we took a closer look at Joan’s sheath dresses, so I thought we would start with this hot pink number she wears in episodes 3 and 7. I can’t find a pattern that has a midriff detail similar to Joan’s, so I’m pretty sure it’s a design the costumer came up with on her own. Simplicity 1410 (below) is a simple wiggle dress with kimono sleeves that would make a perfect base pattern if you wanted to add your own midriff detail. Or if you already have a sheath dress that you love, why not accessorize with a vintage gold brooch? These are two I found on etsy that are similar to the ones Joan wears.


To complete the ensemble, Nerdybird at etsy (I love that shop name) has this amazing vintage handbag for sale.

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I’m trying to find more ready-to-wear options that I think have a similar style for those of you who don’t sew (or rather, who don’t sew yet…I’m going to do my darndest to convert you!) and right now, J Crew has these two fabulous wool sheath dresses on sale. These would be the perfect staples to keep in your closest to get a jump on your winter wardrobe for next year!

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That about wraps it up for this edition of MMFM, hope you enjoyed it! If you have any requests for future posts (such as, “I want Betty’s yellow dress in episode 4–help me!”), please leave me a comment or send me an email—I’d love to hear from you and I’m always looking for new suggestions.


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One of my favorite aspects of the costume design in Mad Men is the characters are seen wearing the same outfit more than once. It’s a small touch, but it really adds to the realism of the show. In classic TV series such as I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show or The Mary Tyler Moore Show the lead female characters could been seen wearing the same dress several times during a season— a rare occurance in television shows nowadays.

This weeks entry is inspired by Peggy’s blue checkered dress. She is seen wearing this fantastic dress twice in the span of 13 episodes in season 1 and in the season 2 premiere set 15 months later.

Peggy's Blue Checkered Dress

I’m a sucker for plaid & checks and this is easily one of my favorite dresses of Peggy’s. The contrasting white collar and winged cuffs remind me of Ethel Mertz, for some unknown reason, but a quick Google search doesn’t return anything like it—so it just must be all in my head.

Everyone neat and pretty? Then on with the post!

Vintage Sewing Patterns for Sale

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These dropped waist dress patterns aren’t an exact match to Peggy’s, but they are pretty. As always, click on the image to be taken to the online shop to purchase.

Vintage Inspiration

A 1957 secretary from the amazing photos you can find on Google from Life magazine. I love these shots of real people more than the glamorous magazine scans.


These sophisticated NYC city girls are from the fabulous Millie Motts. If you haven’t checked out her blog, a fair warning—you will spend hours looking at all her amazing photos & scans. Hours. And hours.

Vintage Fashion Today

Sometimes wearing vintage clothes comes off looking a bit costumey, but these ladies know how to rock the vintage plaid and checkered dress.

I don’t know about you, but now I’m inspired to go out and make my own checkered dress or hit the thrift stores looking for something that could be refashioned. I hope this has inspired you and perhaps gotten your creative juices flowing. I’ll see you next MMFM!

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