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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.

About the author: A vintage-loving seamstress in Austin, TX with a dapper pup named Oxford.

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  • OneDay/LJCM April 17, 2013, 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, 2:38 pm

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

  • rosiewednesday April 18, 2013, 9:15 am

    Thank you!

  • mariebayarea April 18, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Very Joan!

  • Katrina April 20, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Yay! You posted!!

    Your dress is awesome and you are my favorite vintage seamstress 🙂

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