Mad Men Challenge 3

1 April 2014

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 I'm in

For some unknown reason, I’ve never taken part in one of the official Mad Men Challenges… Until NOW!

Julia Bobbin is hosting the Mad Men Dress Challenge III, the pattern I chose to work with is Butterick 9497.

Butterick 9497

The character that has inspired this is Bobbie Barret, she famously appears in season two, as the wife of notorious comedian Jimmy Barret. Turns out she is not only a snappy dresser, but the brains behind his success. I love her coat and hat ensembles, she is just SO stylish, and a complex character, both powerful and vulnerable. I searched for some images just so you know what I’m talking about, when I found this post all about Bobbie! Here she is enjoying a martini…

Bobbie Barrett cocktails

And here she is wearing a lovely outfit, coat, dress and hat. Fabulous.

Bobbie Barrett coat and hat

In the meantime, more about the pattern and the fabric.

This dress has two skirt and sleeve length options, I opted for the slim skirt and long sleeves, I think that’s what Bobbie would do. I decided to make a matching hat….. As I KNOW that’s what Bobbie would wear. The hat looked great all pinned and draped, but I think it lost something when I hand finished it…

Butterick 9497 pattern layout bodice plus sleeve

In the centre above is the sleeve ! I thought would be a bit over top, and not my style, but actually I really enjoy the shape and find it flattering. Overall, it is one of the easiest dresses I’ve sewn, so another to make again, perhaps in the full skirted version.

So, here are some photos!

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497 coat

Coat off!

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497 complete

It’s all a bit serious.

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497 complete side on

Until Austin the Cat comes along…

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497 and Austin

Hat wearing would be so much easier if I could just pin it to my head.

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497 Hat

With the last season of Mad Men coming up, this is probably the first and last Mad Men Dress Challenge I do, officially at least. I cannot wait to see the other dresses, so check back at Julia Bobbin for the big reveal later this week!

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 Butterick 9497

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