joan

here we are and finished in all it’s splendour is my blummin gorgeous 60s blouse a la Joan Harris (nee Holloway). Having never made a blouse before I wasn’t entirely sure what material to go for. I decided on a trusty poly-cotton which meant the drape would be a bit stiffer than the one shown [...]

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I made this dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge. My inspiration was this teal dress that Joan wore in season 5. I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, but I made several alterations and additions. I added buttons on the front bodice, changed the neckline and drafted a collar to go with [...]

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  Here are two sheath dresses I made from a vintage 1958 pattern, Advance 8617. The yellow “tropical dress” has kimono sleeves and the fitting is more relaxed in general, and I think it is better for it. The blue dress has gussets in the sleeves and a more fitted bodice. The original 1958 pattern [...]

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