Friday, March 1, 2013

Mad Men Dress Challenge : Help me make a decision...

Now that the fabulous wool crepe has arrived, I need your help making a decision on the fabric for the dickie and the cuffs.  Here is the wool crepe so you know the colour:


And here is a reminder of the dress I'm making:


My wool crepe is a bit more 'royal blue' than Joan's dress which is more 'french blue' to me, but anyway!

I've found the following fabrics that I think might work for the dickie and cuffs.  I know they are no where near identical but you've got to work with what you can find right?


First up is this cotton print of the New York skyline.  I know it looks dreadfully modern, but the colours and the shapes do mimic the fabric on Joan's dress - and Mad Men is set in New York...


Second is this poly satin.  I don't have much to say to justify this one, other than the colours are kinda pretty...


Thirdly is this satin charmeuse.  Nothing like the original fabric, but its a blue and green toned leopard print... and who doesn't love a bit of leopard print!


Lastly is this silk charmeuse.  Its also nothing like the original fabric on Joan's dress, but to me it has a very 1950s kind of look, and I think it would work well...

So help.  I can't make a decision.  Should I buy:
a) New York cotton
b) Dotty poly satin
c) Leopard satin charmeuse
d) Plaid silk charmeuse

I'm leaning heavily towards d but also like a... help!!!

Beccie
xxx





39 comments:

  1. Love the color of your fabric. I like both b and c although I am leaning more towards c because you hardly ever see leopard print in such nice subtle colors.

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  2. No doubt. Go for the leopard. C is the closest to the inspiration in color and general design look.

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  3. I agree B or C however I do think you would look drop dead gorgeous in that dress made form C. It is such a fantastic print.

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  4. I say C, But, if your feeling a little gutsy - go with A. I love the NYC skyline. Either way, you'll have a great finished look.

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    1. Its not expensive... maybe I just buy a yard of the New York one and see what it looks like in person...

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  5. A all the way-its similar to the colors she has and its ny and it doesnt look cheesy at all but kitschy and i love that!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA hehe xox

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    1. hehehehe Just because you love it Bunny I will buy a yard and see what it looks like in person :D

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  6. Im leaning towards the first fabric simply because it has the brown in it.

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  7. HUGE fan of C, but I'm with you on buying a bit of A just to see how it looks in person. If it's impressive in "real life" then I think it's a viable option.
    Can't wait to see your choice!

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    1. At the moment I'm definitely buying at least two of these, cause sometimes they look different in person and I want to have options :) But I can see myself buying three...

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  8. I love the New York one, but I think it might make it more costume than outfit, so I'm voting C- the satin charmeuse.

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    1. I'm amazed at how popular the leopard print one is! Thamks for your input Ellen :)

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  9. Wow, so many lovely choices! although I love C, I believe that B would work better with the wool (which is the most amazing blue I have ever seen, can't wait to see what you make of it!) good luck! xx Kim

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    1. This was the short list! There were so man other choices!

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  10. C!!! Really liking the skyline fabric, only because its a bit of a novelty, but not really suiting this particular outfit...

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  11. Love the leopard but I have a feeling it's going to be too busy right under your chin...I think B is more subtle (impressionist love it) and better colours with the wool. But then you have them to look at one next to the other we don't ! The New York is fab by the way but again far too big a print I think right under the face...Yep..I'd go for B. I don't know if you're going to be any further helped with us lot all having different notions ! Good luck !

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    1. Thanks Johanna - I'm really enjoying everyone's feedback on this :)

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  12. A!A!A!A! or maybe... A!!!!!!!!!!!! that is filled with awesome! beautiful crepe btw - perfect for your eyes.

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    1. It is an amazing colour - so much more vibrant than I anticipated!!

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  13. could you make the dickie part somehow snap in so you could have differnt options depending on your mood?

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    1. Loving it Rebecca ! You like to have your cake and eat it ! lol !

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    2. A very cool idea. Yeah do that :)

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    3. Oooo! BRILLIANT idea Rebecca!!! I'd have to make the cuffs interchangeable too.... I'll look into it :)

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  14. C. Reminds me of the color pallets of the original. C!c!c!

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  15. If it were me, I'd be tied between a and c. A has more of the color scheme, but c just seems bit more fun. ;-)

    The Fictionista
    {sean-mackenzie.blogspot.com}

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  16. Go with d: like the retro feel of the plaid and it's SILK.
    New York skyline is too costume-y, and b just isn't as interesting with its monochrome color palette. The leopard print would be 2nd choice, but then you lose the retro feel.

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    1. I agree with you - love that retro plaid in SILK!!! But there is only a quarter yard of it... I still might be able to make it work...

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  17. My choice would be a, New York cotton.

    greetings Claudia

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  18. I'd say c or d! It's always better to add your own twist to an inspiration instead of copying anyways!

    Natasha ~ TashaDelrae.com

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