The Holloway Dress

by luxperdiem on June 13, 2013 · 15 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Mad Men Inspired,Vintage Sewing

Here’s some proper pictures of The Holloway Dress (Simplicity 3575, 1960).¬†Although I’m no where near the babe of this dresses namesake is; I’ll try my best to live up to the va-va-voom attitude of many people’s favorite Mad Men character. If only I had her assets right? The dress is a bit wrinkly. I wore it to work so my desk sitting caused some creases, I don’t think it held up too bad in that regard though.

I thought I was going to have to do an adjustment to take some of the ease out of the bust. Although, since I’ve washed the dress and taken these pictures, I don’t think it’s actually all too bad. Especially for a wearable muslin, as I plan on doing the full skirted version of this pattern later. I’m also fairly certain that dresses from 1960′s usually were cut more generously than we are used to in modern clothing.

The pattern was missing the waist stay piece, so I just decided to leave it out. All the seams are serged, and there’s an invisible zipper in the side (one of my best!). The fabric is either a high quality quilting cotton or shirting. I’m not for sure it was an unmarked clearance bin bargain.

I can’t wait to make another version of this dress soon! Also, I’ve grown very fond of this grass green color! More than one person told me it should be my color.
This is also posted over at my blog HERE.

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ohthatlily June 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

GORGEOUS color on you! Very flattering dress, too.

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Allison June 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Even before I read the rest of your post, I thought, “Girls with this hair color should always wear leaf or grass or moss green!” I too love Joanie’s style, but can’t wear it to work. I teach 8th grade. Hormonal boys and hard concrete floors and standing all day :(

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Paige @ LPD June 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

Thank you! Ha I can only imagine what a situation that would cause. Luckily (or kind of unfortunately) I only really deal with one person on a daily basis at work. I can usually get away with dressing how I like, no matter how anachronistic the fashion.

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Deb June 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Love the color on you and that collar tie is a nice detail! I actually recently made a 1/2 circle skirt in this same color, thought I’d hate it, and absolutely loved it once I tried it on.

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Paige @ LPD June 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

Thank you!

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mariebayarea June 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Va va voom!

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Jia June 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

When I saw the title I thought it was a dress with a prison theme!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holloway_%28HM_Prison%29

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Paige @ LPD June 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

Oh my! Wouldn’t that be something! I kind of want to do one now, lol.

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Sewingthe60s June 14, 2013 at 5:47 am

Oh i agree that colour is very flattering for you. Esp against your red hair and fair skin! Just like Joanie.
Beautiful!

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Paige @ LPD June 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

I wish I was just like joanie! Thank you!

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Eileen June 14, 2013 at 5:52 am

From where I’m sitting you look pretty va-va-voom to me! Love the color of your dress (and as a fellow red head I’ve heard the same) and your styling! Spot on, you look fabulous!

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Paige @ LPD June 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

It does make me feel a bit sassy, but Joan’s assets dare I say defy any logic or gravity.

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tanyamaile June 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

That color and that dress look awesome on you!

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Elizabeth June 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Gorgeous dress! Some of my first vintage-y dresses were Joan inspired. They just give you a certain attitude, don’t they?

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EmSewCrazy June 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Wow! You look fabulous in this color! Everyone is right. The dress is very cute. Hope your next dress turns out as well!

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