Mad Men Sewing: Joan Blue Shirtwaist Dress

How do you do? I’m new here, and a retro sewing enthusiast from Austin, TX.  This 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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A vintage-loving seamstress in Austin, TX with a dapper pup named Oxford.

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6 comments… add one

  • 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! :)

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

  • Thank you!

  • Very Joan!

  • Yay! You posted!!

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


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