29 September 2010

The Betty Draper suit


Spot the difference:





Pretty close, eh? I scored this pattern - Simplicity 7032 from 1967 - for £1.50 from a Brighton antiques shop. I'm thinking of making the three quarter length sleeved suit to wear to the synagogue bit of my cousin's barmitzvah and then wear the two pieces as separates in everyday life. So I'm on the hunt for a nice but easy-to-work-with fabric in a sober colour. There's a maroony-auberginey gabardine in John Lewis, the same fabric as the red I used to make the Hollywood starlet dress. But I'm open to suggestions on fabric types and colours (although I'm a bit scared of wool) - thoughts, please! The pattern isn't lined, and though I've never lined anything before, I think it'll be worth working out how to do so for this suit.

[Soundtrack: 'Betty and Dupree' by Chuck Willis]

24 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous find - I'm jealous!

    I think wool crepe would work nicely and it is not difficult to work with. You can generally find it in a good array of colours, and it isn't too badly priced.

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  2. Oh wow, it's identical! Wool crepe is easy to work with, I made a red dress in it this year and I like its press-ability. It will probably form those scallops nicely, too. Pretty!

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  3. Looks like the costume designer of Mad Man also looks to vintage patterns for inspiration! I would recommend wool, because it is very nice to work with. It might be a little expensive though, depending on where you buy it. Or maybe that's just ironically wool in Norway??

    Lining the jacket without having the pattern might be a challenge, but I'm sure you'll manage!

    And for the scallops, use small stitch length in order to make them nicely curved!

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  4. Unbelievable! That's a perfect match, isn't it? I can so imagine this on you. It would be easy to line the skirt just cutting out the pattern pieces a second time in lining fabric. I'm less sure about how to wing lining a jacket. (And I am not the best person to ask!)

    Re fabrics: is it worth making this first in something relatively cheap, just in case there are nightmares? Looking at it I'm thinking linen - though there are the obvious creasing issues there. Perhaps a linen mix for less creasing?

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  5. GREAT pattern! That is fantastic that you scored it at an antique shop! I love sewing with wool, especially lightweight wool (which I made my trousers from)--it's heavenly! I cant wait to see this suit on you!

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  6. What a fantastic find! I always love spotting patterns that are almost dead-on-matches for things in movies/shows. ;) I think either a wool crepe, as suggested above, or a wool gabardine would be great options for this suit. The crepe has the advantage of being a "spongy" texture, so it doesn't show things as readily. But the gabardine is quite smooth and heavenly to work with too...

    Can't wait to see how your version turns out!!! :)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  7. what a great find. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Is it true you only started dressmaking in Jan 10?! Lucyxx

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  8. Oh! It is the same! I would go wool or even silk shantung in a dreamy lavendar, I think that colour would be good in seperates to add some extra zing. Anyways here is a link to some info on creating perfect scallops... http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4984/the-scalloped-hem
    Can't wait to see the result, happy fabric shopping.

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  9. Great score on that pattern! I love it in the pink color...

    If you didn't want to have to make a lining, you could always just interline the pieces, have the same effect without the hassle.

    "Interlining is sewing a layer of fabric to the back of your fashion fabric, then sewing them as one."

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  10. wow, what an amazing find! I was admiring that particular suit, too... I love the wavy lines.

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  11. Perfect! I'll been keeping posted to see you dolled up a la Betty Draper.

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  12. Ooh thanks for all your tips - what would I do without you?!

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  13. Wow! That's uncanny! How awesome would it be to have a few hours to run wild in Mad Men's costume department??

    I would go with gabardine or a silk. Go big or go home, eh? ;)

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  14. how do you find these things?! I live there and never get anything as good!
    just to let you know I've tagged you in a post on my blog I hope you don't mind heres the link if you want to take a look.
    Have a fab day!
    Stevie x

    http://beebeesvintagedress.blogspot.com/2010/09/things-i-want-to-make.html

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  15. Amazing find! I would go for a wool. Try British Fabrics at Ebay - fab quality every time! They mostly sell dull men's striped suiting but I have seen the occasional zingy plain and I got some lovely aubergine wool from there.

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  16. Have you seen this, Tilly:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LAURENT-GARIGUE-PINK-DOUBLE-WOOL-CREPE-80cm-length-/190447128230?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric_Textiles_SM&hash=item2c57888ea6#ht_1690wt_700

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  17. oooh what a perfect pattern!! i'm not going to attempt to sway you with fabric choices, but it would look lovely in a medium burgandy or royal blue :) (actually i think it's going to look lovely in any color!)

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  18. oh wow!!! were you specifically looking for this or did you jsut happen to fall upon it? how funny to see the show and be able to compare it to your pattern! how fun, can't wait to see your suit when it's done! :)

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  19. I'm currently sewing with wool and I'm amazed at how easy it is to use and press. I'd sewn with it once before and really enjoyed it (with very pleasing results), but reading other people's blogs had scared me off it somewhat because of all the recommended prep (none of which I'd done first time round). I've gone back to it (minus the prep again!) and it's all going together like a dream. I'm planning on a jacket next, which may be rather more complicated however as it involves tailoring!

    I seem to remember you're a South Londoner - have you tried Fabrics Galore on Lavender Hill? They've started bringing out some of their wools in preparation for the winter (with prices ranging between £8 - £12/metre for last season's designer fabrics).

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  20. Oooh, exciting project! Umm, next time you come to Brighton, TELL ME!!!! (please). I found a lovely little sewing shop the other day, needs further investigation

    xxx

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  21. The scalloped edges are just gorgeous. Good luck on this project !

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  22. wow, what an amazing find! I was admiring that particular suit, too... I love the wavy lines.

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