Several years ago a certain Mad Men episode suggested that all women wanted to be a Marilyn or a Jackie. Of course Mad Men itself gave us it's own three iconic women and this classic shirtdress is straight out of the Betty Draper playbook. Simplicity 2047, dating back to 1957, features a forward shoulder seam, soft vertical pleating at the natural waistline, and cuffed sleeves that hit below the elbow.
I cut this pattern from a brown and white polka-dot border print cotton sateen. This fabric has a crisp hand at holds the pleats yet is soft enough to drape nicely. As this dress is unlined I finished all the inside seams with a serger to prevent fraying.
The dress has a fly-front button opening. As the buttons are fully hidden, I used generic neutral buttons from the stash. I probably would have bought brown buttons, I probably should have bought brown buttons, but I am both cheap and lazy and used what I had on hand.
The other thing I love about this dress? Pockets! A dress with pockets is always a win in my book!
So as I mentioned in my last post, I'm entering this into the Pattern Review vintage contest. You can check this link for the full review.