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Joan Holloway Mad Men dress - New Look 6968

Added Nov 3, 2010

by baberahamlincln

Well, Ington., N...






I made this dress for a Joan Holloway costume. I used New Look 6968 with sleeves and the collar. I have a few difficulties with the collar – the entire neckline was way too bulky, with a lining, a collar, and interfacing? So I removed the interfacing and inserted the collar between the lining and the outer fabric. That made the collar lie flatter, but I still have no idea how to attach/tie the collar. It seems like you’re supposed to make some kind of “loop”, but how to do that was unclear. I tried to just tie the collar in some kind of bow, but it really doesn’t work. I have literally spent 15 minutes trying to tie the collar to look decent every time I put this dress on, and I just give up. I am going to try to sew it into a bow.
Also, the measurements on the pattern envelope were very inaccurate. I actually measured myself, and though I normally wear a size 12, based on my measurements, I decided to make an 18. It was huge! especially the sleeves and the back, they were just gaping. I also had to take the waist in and the hips in a lot.
Anyway, I think it’s a nice dress that I will wear a lot, so I don’t mind that I had to re-do several parts of it.

Material Notes

Cotton with some kind of silicon coating from Global fabrics.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Mar 29, 2011, 08.06 AMby kiwibubbles

    Hey. This dress is so cute, I think I saw it on your blog once before when I was googling wiggle dresses. This shouldn’t be for a costume, you should wear this dress all the time, it is so cute and flattering!

    p.s. the brooch is a nice touch too!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 08.28 AMby kihli

    Stunning dress, and very authentical (at least i my eyes)!

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    Nov 3, 2010, 11.21 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Why is it that patterns seem so big? Cute dress.

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