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McCall’s Joan Dress

March 26, 2012

I’m so pleased to have finished my 1950’s dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge.

The pattern is vintage McCall’s 3779 from 1956 – a fitted wiggle shirt dress with kimono sleeves. Here’s the original inspiration picture of Joan that I got the idea from.

I took quite a lot off the length and made a few adjustments to the back centre seam and around the kimono sleeves to give it a more fitted look.  The buttons are self covered and I made my own belt with covered buckle. The dress needed a belt to match the Joan inspiration picture but I personally prefer the dress without one.

I love the pattern, it’s so classy and the contour darts are really flattering.  This version is made with quite a cheap bi-stretch fabric which I’m not that happy with, but it’s a good colour match and the stretchiness helps with the wiggle effect!  There’s already a not-quite-so-fitted polka dot version planned for the summer.  More construction details and pictures can be found on my blog, Handmade Jane. x

  1. That dress looks wonderful on you. Awesome job! By the way, although the dress looks great without the belt, I like even better with it. Then again my favorite look from the 50’s are the shirt dresses with matching covered belts, so there ya go.

  2. Well done, what a fabulous dress, the colour is gorgeous on you and I LOVE the Joan pose photo! I vote for the belt, it looks great.

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