Mad Men dress challenge: It’s done!

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It’s done! It’s out there! Here it is!

Um… can you tell I’m super-excited about this dress?

As soon as Julia Bobbin laid down her stylish gauntlet for the Mad Men challenge, I jumped in with both feet. ‘I was so excited I almost peed my pants!’ (Can you guess the film quote?)

After thinking long and hard, I simply had to follow Julia’s lead and take the Joanie challenge. This is the dress I chose:

Joan Holloway - blue

Now I know what you’re gonna say – hmm Joanne the trim is a bit different and it’s not exactly the same shape and I’m pretty sure that’s not wool crepe in the Joanie pic and… LISTEN. It’s an inspirational starting point right? And, um, I forgot to check the original pic when I was putting on the trim and by the time I realised I should have had the ribbon going DOWN instead of ACROSS the dress it was too late and anyway I love my little dress so shush. Let’s not speak of it again. Just like that time with the chihuahua and the lit candle ok? Our little secret.

So, onto more pics.

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I used Simplicity 5961 for the challenge. What a lovely easy pattern it was to sew! Honestly, once I had the bits all cut out it was a cinch to put them all together. In terms of adjustments I reduced the shoulder width by 3/4″ each side and reduced the bodice width by about 1/4″ to the waist area.I had bought ribbon for the trim but bias binding worked much better on the curves. I liked it so much – I stuck it on the sleeves as well!

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Hmm where is that naughty Scrappy doo? And has anyone seen Scooby?

The whole thing is underlined with royal blue polyester satin – itΒ really feels like a properly-made dress. My first lined dress – hooray!

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Channelling Bowie in that pic. TBH this dress kinda reminds me of my school uniform. But this is a GOOD THING because actually I really loved my school and have many fond memories of time there. So this dress is going to be called: The Rathmore in honour of my former alma mater.

How about you? Have you done your Mad Men dress already or are you frantically sewing away to get it finished in time for Julia’s big post? Don’t forget to check out Julia’s blog on 1st April for the big reveal of all the dresses!


33 thoughts on “Mad Men dress challenge: It’s done!

  1. Adorable Joanne, absolutely adorable! I think it’s totally fine to use the Mad Men dress as inspiration and change it up a bit (can you tell that I’m making excuses for you because it’s what I’ve done!?!)! I love the white trim and the buttons going down the front and the A-like skirt is so cute and flattering! Mine’s all done and photographed, just need to post about it now!

    Oh, and you’re quoting Pretty Woman of course ;o)

  2. Oh my god, it’s unbelievably wonderful and gorgeous. I totally want to make a dress with this pattern now. Joanne, you have done yourself proud – and then some. Especially with your Bowie impression. This is STUNNING.

    • Och thank you chick! I’m more than happy to lend you the pattern as I’ve traced off all I need for another version πŸ™‚ Lemme know and will bring with me on Friday for OWOP! cocktails!

  3. It’s so cute! I love that you used such an awesome dress as your inspiration, but it doesn’t look like you’re trying to be Joan, you’re just being you. This look is totally wearable (rather than costumey) and looks really great on you!

  4. This is absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love Joanie’s dresses but they are quite fitted. I don’t know how the lady moves!
    I love your version cos the skirt is not tight, so i imagine it would be cosy to get around in πŸ™‚
    Love it!!!!!!
    Absolutely Love it!

  5. This is a real ringer dinger! Epic work love! You do look like you’ve come straight off of Carnaby Street and are heading into the office to mix the drinks πŸ˜‰ Loving the salute to Bowie too he’s one of my icons. Glad you’re feeling better too.


  6. Love it! I really like the fact that you’ve put your trim on horizontally and round the arms as well – it suites the style of dress much better than a vertical trim I think. It’s totally lovely and it looks really expensive, very chic and classic. x

    • LOL Jane – coming at at just under Β£90 for fabric and materials – this dress is probably one of the more expensive in my wardrobe – handmade or shop-bought! But we won’t hold that against it πŸ™‚

  7. Just want to say thank you guys – you are all super-awesome and lovely πŸ™‚ Chin chin for tonight’s big show!!! Two hours – man oh mad man…!

  8. The dress turned out so incredibly sweet! I love that you started with the inspiration and made it your own. It still is very reminiscent of Joan’s dress.

  9. It looks GORGEOUS! I like that you decided to stick with an a-line skirt over the fitted version in the show. I think it gives your dress a mod look! The Julia Bobbin MadMen Sew along has been so much fun! i can’t wait for the big reveal on April 1!

  10. Lovely dress!!
    I *think* I might be good enough to give these challenges a go now! Next one, I’m in!!

    You look great in it and it’s very different to what’s out there in the high street- so… Kaboom! You win

    Caffy x

  11. So beautiful! I have mine done, but I need to take photos on Saturday to send to Julia, sigh. Getting photos is the worst part of sewing for me. BUT YOUR’S IS GORGEOUS! So pretty. Very flattering, and just modern enough to wear every day!

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