I've gone full out Joan for the Mad Men Challenge. I was already planning on making the Wiggle Dress from Gertie's Book for Better Sewing, which is inspired by Joan. Then I found the perfect purple wool crepe at Fabricland to make this dress with, so it was the perfect time to make this dress.
If you read the blog posts Mad Style by Tom and Lorenzo, you know that Joan has many versions of the same outfit, she always wears a wiggle dress and is known for wearing purple when she is in emotional turmoil. So I thought I would combine the two for the ultimate Joan outfit. Although, I am not trying to express my emotions in this dress, I just like purple. Joan always has her hair perfectly quaffed in a sixties updo. My Aunt happens to be a hairdresser so I had her put my hair up just like Joan, and boy did it take a lot of teasing. I accessorized with Joan's signature pin and long gold necklace.
For the dress, I traced out the size ten and crossed my fingers it would fit. It's such a fitted dress and the fabric has a lot of give so it would be impossible to tell how it would really fit if I made a muslin out of any other fabric than this wool. But luckily it fit, it even had to be taken in at the hips! I love when I get lucky at sewing! This is another well drafted pattern from Gertie's book, I've now made three in all, The portrait blouse, the pencil skirt and now the wiggle dress, and plan on even more. The best thing about this pattern are the gussets! I've never made them before so it was fun to try out this new technique. And now I have a reason to show off my armpits!
Can't wait to see what everyone else makes for the Mad Men Challenge! Anyone else working on something?
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