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Mad Men at work Halloween gallery

As I mentioned previously, the Marketing and Communications Department I work in decided to dress Mad Men style for Halloween. Since I already had a retro outfit in progress, I made sure to finish it in time and wore that. Others needed only to buy a few touches (fedoras and skinny ties) or raid mom’s closet (dresses). For many of the ladies, an updo was all they needed. Everyone looked stylish and elegant and completely work appropriate — cigarettes and martinis not withstanding! Obviously, the styles of the early 1960s hold up beautifully. Presenting, my delightful coworkers …

Courtney and Kim

Molly and Justin


Ann and Heidi

Molly, Blake, Kim and Brian

Justin, Deborah and Blake

Jessica and Jenaé

And yours truly! Have you seen The Help? I have a little Hilly Holbrook thing going on with these pastels and the hair band, don't you think?

Can you tell we’re a fun group?

The polka dot top — inside and out

The Simplicity 4047 top is finally finished! It took FOREVER, and I am SO over it. But I am excited to wear it to work for Halloween on Monday. A couple of the guys (!) picked out Mad Men for our department costume theme, so I’m all ready.

(The skirt is a Simplicity reproduction 1940s pattern, while the top is a Simplicity reproduction 1950s pattern, but I can make it all work for the early 1960s.)

I finished the last of the hand sewing last weekend. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and particularly how nice it looks on the inside because of the underlining. Plus, I made a belt. How cool is that? Let’s take a tour …

The polka dot top all done

The outfit is all done, finally! Check out that snappy matching belt. Can you tell the crochet lace at the sleeves is different from the lace on the neck? No? Perfect! 

polka dot top inside front

The inside, from the front. How tidy does that look?

polka dot top, inside back

The inside, from the back. No serger was involved. Yay!

polka dot top, catch stitching

A close up of the hem. Check out that crazy catch-stitching. It’s the first time I’ve done that. I like it.

And as a sneak peek for my Halloween ensemble, here is the jewelry I’ll wear:

Halloween jewelry

You can never go wrong with pearls. Never.

And the accessories:

the accessories

I had the shoes and gloves, but the purse is a $7 acquisition specifically for the occasion.

All I need to do is tease my hair a bit, and the outfit skews early 1960s, but I’ll go more 1940s when I wear it on a regular day.

There were tons of lessons learned on this project, but I’ll save that for another post. Also coming soon, the mood board for the next top, which is a wearable muslin. After all this, it’s time for some quick sewing gratification!

Mad Men Halloween

I work in a Marketing and Communications Department at a company that always celebrates Halloween. Today, when we discussed our plans for the day, a couple of men in our department suggested that our theme be Mad Men. Wait, what? The boys suggested a theme that requires them to wear suits and encourages the girls to do some vintage shopping? How fab is that?

This gives me a great incentive to finish my coral polka dot outfit. I was thinking the 1940s skirt and 1950s top combo might be a little off-era, but then I did some Internet research and found a photo of Peggy from Mad Men wearing something very similar to my plan.

I think my outfit will work just fine for 1962. Now, the boys have to find skinny ties and tidy pocket squares. And we’re all going to be “smoking” candy cigarettes and drinking “mocktails.”

This might even be better than the year we did vintage TV, and I brought in my heels, pearls and vacuum cleaner to get in touch with my inner June Cleaver.

It will definitely be better than the year we did Caddyshack, and I was a giant dancing gopher.

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