Vintage Sewing

McCall’s Joan Dress

March 26, 2012

I’m so pleased to have finished my 1950’s dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge.

The pattern is vintage McCall’s 3779 from 1956 – a fitted wiggle shirt dress with kimono sleeves. Here’s the original inspiration picture of Joan that I got the idea from.

I took quite a lot off the length and made a few adjustments to the back centre seam and around the kimono sleeves to give it a more fitted look.  The buttons are self covered and I made my own belt with covered buckle. The dress needed a belt to match the Joan inspiration picture but I personally prefer the dress without one.

I love the pattern, it’s so classy and the contour darts are really flattering.  This version is made with quite a cheap bi-stretch fabric which I’m not that happy with, but it’s a good colour match and the stretchiness helps with the wiggle effect!  There’s already a not-quite-so-fitted polka dot version planned for the summer.  More construction details and pictures can be found on my blog, Handmade Jane. x

  1. That dress looks wonderful on you. Awesome job! By the way, although the dress looks great without the belt, I like even better with it. Then again my favorite look from the 50’s are the shirt dresses with matching covered belts, so there ya go.

  2. Well done, what a fabulous dress, the colour is gorgeous on you and I LOVE the Joan pose photo! I vote for the belt, it looks great.

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