Mad Men Sewing: Joan Blue Shirtwaist Dress

by rosiewednesday on April 17, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1950s,Dresses

How do you do? I’m new here, and a retro sewing enthusiast from Austin, TX. ┬áThis dress is inspired by Joan from Mad Men, and uses the 1950s pattern Butterick 8576. I’m quite in love!


Rosie Wednesday Butterick 8576

I used a wool gabardine in a nice royal blue to match my Joan-inspired look. I also used the fabric to make the matching buttons and belt.

The pattern calls for gathers at the bust instead of darts, and I must say, I quite like it. It made for easy fitting and it gives a lot of ease which makes the dress comfortable to wear.

Rosie Wednesday Butterick 8576

See Joan’s original dress, along with a fun snapshot of me playing the accordion like our Joanie, on my blog, Rosie Wednesday: Adventures in Vintage-Style Sewing.

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OneDay/LJCM April 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It’s so awesomely Mad Men. It’ so cute and very similar to something Peggy Olson’s character was wearing in the last episode. Very cool! :)


Patrice April 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

That’s a really good replica of Joan’s dress. Good job!


rosiewednesday April 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

Thank you!


mariebayarea April 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Very Joan!


Katrina April 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Yay! You posted!!

Your dress is awesome and you are my favorite vintage seamstress :)


rosiewednesday April 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thank you, Katrina! You’re so sweet.


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