1950s | Dresses

Mad Men Sewing: Joan Blue Shirtwaist Dress

April 17, 2013
Rosie Wednesday Butterick 8576

How do you do? I’m new here, and a retro sewing enthusiast from Austin, TX. ย 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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