The "Betty Draper" Evening Gala Maternity Gown GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

January 4, 2010

When I learned that Betty Draper was expecting another baby I wondered how they were going to keep her glamour. Whenever I saw maternity clothes from the 50s and early 60s I was less than impressed. Very tent-like. Not many details.


When I saw the costume designs on Mad Men I was so very impressed. Yes, she still looked fabulous. Of course, her beautiful face didn't hurt but (speaking as a pregnant woman) her clothing was actually enviable.


So when my friend Cheila announced that she was having a 50s themed New Year's party, the wheels in my head began to turn. Looking back, if I had more time and energy I would have done something with a little more detail. But in the end I was more than pleased with the look.






I found the material for only $2 a yard. It was PERFECT. I noticed that a lot of the dresses from the 50s look more like upholstery fabric now. Very heavy and brocade.

The only thing I would have changed was the color. Originally I was looking for something a little more pink and gold. You might have a hard time telling from the photos but the dress is yellow and gold.

I cinched it just below my bust line with a matching rounded tip band and two antique yellow and gold buttons. The neck line is finished with a slight cowl look. i left the arms sleeveless because it just looked more dressy that way.


I found the earrings at an antique store for only $2 and the surprising part is that the flowers perfectly match the flowers on the dress. What a find!



I also found the gloves at another antique clothing store for only $3. I really lucked out! They are so adorable with a little button at the cuff. They are ALSO included in the giveaway!



I also didn't get a picture of it but a friend of mine lent me an authentic 50s fur wrap. So when I walked in the door I was about as 50s as I could have possible hoped to be.



Brian also really went all out and looked the part! He found the three piece suit and skinny tie at the Salvation Army. He bought horn rimmed glasses for the occasion and I quickly serged the pocket handkerchief before we left.


I always look for a reason to dress up. I only wish I had more reasons. It's hard to get enough people together who A. want to dress up and B. have the time and resources to do it right.



The hosts, Cheila and her husband Nate, did a fabulous job with their theme. We had 50s cocktails (well, not me) cigarettes (candy) and plenty of hors-d'oeuvres.


In true Betty Draper style I smoked about two packs of (candy) cigarettes and had about two (virgin) cocktails.



Cheila asked that the guests bring the ingredients for their favorite drink. Sort of like a cocktail potluck.


We brought the ingredients for a gimlet, basically one part lime juice one part gin. I think Betty ordered one on Mad Men once.






I would say that this dress would fit a medium. However, I am pretty late in my pregnancy so it really depends on your stage. You can sort of judge from the photos.



Many of you said that you would like to enter more giveaways, but have various issues with linking. Of course, I want anyone that is interested in entering a giveaway to be able to do so.



Therefore, from now on, giveaways can be entered in three ways:


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2) By leaving a comment without a link or





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95 {comments}:

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!!! And, I find myself pregnant again...Happy day! How cool would it be to win this pretty little number?!

Link action coming at-cha!
Cheers,
Myshell

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... Best Blogger Tips

You are gorgeous my friend. I saw some of these photos on facebook and can I just tell you that I'm green with envy that you had such a fab party to attend! I love it all. Thanks for sharing it with us all and (as always) what a generous giveaway :).

bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a gorgeous dress.

Jolena said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh this turned out so beautiful! I love the dress and you in it.

I'm linking!

ApachesPrincess said... Best Blogger Tips

That is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Eva Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is delicious! I love the fabric. Looks great on you! I've been looking for form flattering maternity dresses with elegance~this is it!

Teri said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely gorgeous! You look stunning:)

Farrah said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Too beautiful for words!

marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

it turned out WONDERFUL i absolutely adore the dress! Thanks so much for another great giveaway.

inoakpark said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty. Crossing my fingers that I'll have a bun in the oven sometime soon (and thus have a need for this beautiful dress).

Link here: http://inoakpark.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/bettydraper/

military76brat said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a gorgeous dress!

I have also linked on my blog for this contest: http://www.blogger.com/posts.g?blogID=1754174404213271249

navybrat76@yahoo.com
http://military76brat.blogspot.com

tali said... Best Blogger Tips

La La Love this dress! Not sure I'd look as good as you in it though :)

Aimee Mayer said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry for any confusion about this, but this isn't an entry -- final results were amazing! I'd have loved to have had a maternity dress, but the doc said I'm going to pop my little boy any day now, so I'd better stick with my falling-down maternity pants and borrowed-from-hubby t-shirts. :)

But you looked amazing in that outfit, and I declare it a particular success!

gwensews said... Best Blogger Tips

You look absolutely stunning!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely gorgeous!! What a beautiful dress!! love the theme, too, I <3 Mad Men!!!
Sarah M

Brigita said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, wow, this dress is a piece of art.

Dina said... Best Blogger Tips

Great make-believe for grown-ups Kathleen!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!! emmillee@gmail.com

h.jo said... Best Blogger Tips

ahhh! beautiful! i would love to go to a dinner party in this fabulous dress...

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is killer, and you look amazing in it!

fs said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it!!!

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You even look exactly like a brunette Betty Draper! Gorgeous!
Don't you love that show? It's a definite fave of mine.
Happy New Year, by the way!

Jessie A said... Best Blogger Tips

So fabulous! LOVE love it!!! Hope i win!!!!!!!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I just found out I'm pregnant and would love to win this! Crossing my fingers!!!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress! The earrings and gloves just make that outfit perfect. Love it!

happy said... Best Blogger Tips

Very beautiful dress and picture..

Cooking In The Country said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome Dress! Wish I was this crafty!

Stacy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just beautiful! I would love to wear this dress to my baby shower! Please, please let me have a lucky start to 2010 and be the winner of this GREAT dress.

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Lydia said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope I look this great when I'm pregnant! The dress is also beautiful!

mo said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't want to enter the giveaway as I am not pregnant and do not want to deprive some radiant pregnant woman this absolutely gorgeous dress! But I had to say I am a huge Mad Men/Betty Draper fan and I think you captured the era and the elegant glamour just perfectly! You look incredible- the hair is perfect too! Well done! I am, as usual, so impressed!

gatornic said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I can't believe you just whipped that up for a party! And honestly you don't look 'late in your pregnancy'. You look like you are about halfway through! I am about 6 mths pg and would love to wear this beautiful dress. Thanks for another great giveaway!

kayce hughes said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! Makes me wish I was pregnant...and young...and beautiful.

cornshake said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I love MAD MEN and you looked absolutely radiant! I bet your baby to be will love seeing pics of her stylish mama like this. :)

Mark and Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

I am just speechless at how beautiful this dress is. Wow! Really inspired me to get my machine back out. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
Thanks for the giveaway. Very generous of you.

jax said... Best Blogger Tips

You look gorgeous in this dress! I'm 4 months pregnant and would LOVE to have this to wear to a wedding this spring ... it would be perfect.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!! I love your work!

Lulu said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely giveaway.
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Ester Kiely said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah dress-up! I promised if I had a child I would have a big dress-up treasure-chest. I did and I did and now my eight-year old is hooked. Today he is James Bond in a suit and tie.
You looked fab. I loved the details. I will link and should I win I will give the dress to my friend who is pregnant.

Ester Kiely said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah dress-up. I swore if I had a child I would make them a dress-up treasure chest. I did and I did! Now my eight year-old is rarely himself! Today he is James Bond in suit and tie.
I will link and if I win I will give your gorgeous creation to my friend who is pregnant.
You look fab and I love the details.

ladybug said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for this great giveaway!

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Qai_Heavon said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful! I am pregnant and only wish I had your talent to make myself look as cute as you do!

kmadolin said... Best Blogger Tips

you are one beautiful pregnant woman!! i would love to win this dress as i am in the early stages of my pregnancy and could hopefully wear it for a long time!

i love your blog and think you should come out with a book.

Chris Nickel said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm currently trying to get pregnant and would love this outfit as something to look forward to once my belly starts growing! Beautiful outfit, as always!

curlypie said... Best Blogger Tips

So lovely!! I would love to win!

brittany, steve, gabe and ezra said... Best Blogger Tips

the dress turned out so beautiful!!

Kylar said... Best Blogger Tips

I was wondering if you'd ever be willing to write down some basic instructions/patterns for you creations, they are gorgeous and I'd love to buy patterns for them!!

Autumn Shea said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an absolutely fantastic dress! I am 7 months prego with my first, and I love that you are doing a MATERNITY give away! Hooray!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

Just stumbled upon your blog and love it!!! I have been looking at older posts and have a whole page scribbled down with ideas to try for my almost two year old daughter! LOVE the maternity dress - would love to make one for my sister who would have fit perfectly in the Mad Men era!

lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm desperate to find a dress to play a piano recital in while 6 months pregnant! This is adorable, I've enjoyed looking at your maternity dresses!

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! I love this dress so beautiful!

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great time to offer this since I am pregnant!

Carissa Rasmussen said... Best Blogger Tips

want it!!! soo adorable! not many cute cute maternity clothes out there and I just adore yours! Linked to my personal blog

Carissa Rasmussen said... Best Blogger Tips

linked to my design blog

Britley said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress! I would be honored to have such a prize!

Im Estee said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it. Would so so so wear it.
Linked to my blog

Darci & Devin Buhl said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress MAKES me want to have another baby. Seriously, so cute. And you look fabulous!

Tyjana Wormleaton said... Best Blogger Tips

Incredible! My fiance and I are trying for baby number 1, this would be just perfect. I've linked to your blog on my facebook, also. =)

The Jackson Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, it is so imspiring!

Rachel Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

Such an amazing dress! You are awesome! Rach

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I've linked to my blog!

http://sidac.blogspot.com

TaniaMarie said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorg! LOVE me this dress! And I am so envious of your classically beautiful face that works with any style. I don't know if I could pull this look off as well as you but I'm sure willing to give it a try. Whoever wins this will be the envy of bumps everywhere...

Daisey said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a stunning dress! You guys are a gorgeous couple. Congratulations!
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Buffalo Gal said... Best Blogger Tips

i'm pretty sure i would wear that dress everyday if i looked that good in it, PREGNANT! you look beautiful! and i wish there was SOME way i could just download your mad sewing skills into my brain!

xoxo
buffalo gal

Peter said... Best Blogger Tips

stunning! too bad i´m not pregnant. But i know someone who is:-)

Ami said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. This dress is amazing. I'm newly pregnant with #3 and have never been thrilled with my pregnancy wardrobe. I would be delighted, however, to outfit my soon-to-be big bump in your gorgeous dress. I have visited your blog for a while now and am amazed at your work. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to comment and say that you make pregnancy look downright glamorous! The dress is beautiful, and the 50s theme is just fabulous.

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous. I'm pregant and would love to sport this dress.

Piece Of Cakery said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! I am pregnant and I have a hard time finding dresses that don't make you look like you are wearing a tent. I just stumbled upon this blog and you are so creative! I am crossing my fingers to win. I also linked on my blog at pieceofcakery.blogspot.com

Andrea J said... Best Blogger Tips

Truly lovely. I was just thinking about researching vintage maternity pieces that aren't tents.

Miss Jade's Notes said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely lady! You look fabulous! Find more opps for dressing up; people don't do it enough anymore.
Hope you, dad, and the wee one are doing fine today.

B'ham Bedients said... Best Blogger Tips

You're adorable! I love that dress! I was a 50's housewife for Halloween, but my costume was about 1/10th as impressive as your dress, no, more like 1/100th. I also love how the pictures are slightly diluted and very vintage looking. Way to stay committed to the theme!

Mrs. Alston said... Best Blogger Tips

count me in on the giveaway! Its beautiful! just stunning, so classy!

Danielle Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

How perfect with my second trimester of a first pregnancy approaching! I think the weather would be devine by the time I could fit this!

I would LOVE to link this as well and would here:
www.danimcleod.blogspot.com

BUT haven't announced the news yet and don't want to let it out of the bag as of yet!

Claire said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dress! I'd love to win it. I think it'd be awesome to wear for maternity pictures- which I'm having taken in mid-February I've linked!

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, as always, just stunning. Makes me wish I was preggo again.

Eartha Kitsch said... Best Blogger Tips

You look gorgeous and that dress is SO dead-on Betty Draper during her pregnancy. You nailed it.

That party looked like a blast!

JK said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress! And I so love vintage clothing (or more, vintage looking, haha). I would love to have this to wear with my soon to be large belly!
jaimiemildred at gmail dot com

JK said... Best Blogger Tips

I made a blog post about this giveaway with the link!
http://caretojoinme-giveaways.blogspot.com/2010/01/betty-draper-evening-gala-gown.html
I love this dress!
jaimiemildred at gmail dot com

Canadian Princess said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow I love it...you are so super talented! And you look absolutely stunning, dress, hair, face, gloves, jewelry and all!!!

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Love the dress! and perfect-I'm 5 months pregnant!! I love looking at all your gorgeous creations. Thanks for doing them!

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful! I am almost 4 months and I need a cute dress! Love it!!!

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Rachel Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! you are a style icon!

Kasey said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, and am newly pregnant again, so I could put it to good use!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!!! I love your work...=)

gladys

gladys_appleton@yahoo.com

Alissa said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great dress. I'm in month 7, so it should fit perfectly very soon!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I was just wondering when this giveaway closes?

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Woo hoo! I'm just at 28 weeks! Oh I hope by some miracle I win!

britt said... Best Blogger Tips

hello there, i am new to your b log and just have to tell you that you are absolutly gorgeous. and i am in love with this dress! and i am not even prego. i just think it is so gorgoues.
way to go
loves!
britt
brittnjacob.blogspot.com

KL Wedding Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dress, I hope to be pregnant soon and this would be perfect for my Sister-in-law's wedding rehearsal!

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The Gomez Bunch said... Best Blogger Tips

I would wear this dress every day!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! I love it!

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Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks said... Best Blogger Tips

wowza wowza wowza.

i blogged this.

when hubby gets back from deployment we plan on TTC #3- fingers crossed for a February baby, so this dress would be PERFECT for me to wear next new years (50s theme party or not, i.will.wear.it!)

high five. it (and you) look awesome.

Sabrina
twigglesandtrunks @ yahoo .com

yellow finch designs said... Best Blogger Tips

I blogged about this!
http://yellowfinchdesigns.blogspot.com

Love this dress!!!!
And could wear it in a few months :)

Charles DIckens said... Best Blogger Tips

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Mavi jeans said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beauty!!! She is so gorgeous you know. I love her beautiful top.

 
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