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Ms. Joan Frizzle Teaches Marine Biology

Added Apr 29, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I wanted to make an extremely fitted sheath dress ( la Joan of Mad Men fame) with this spectacular fabric that I’ve been saving. I had less than 1.5 yards of it, so I knew it had to be a sheath dress. I finally got the fit perfect on my go-to pattern, McCall’s 5845; normally I only use the bodice pattern, but I fixed the fit on the skirt so that I didn’t get an awkward pouching above my butt. I was so pleased with the silhouette I was able to achieve, even if the fabric is more Ms. Frizzle-teaching-about-oceans than Joan’s classy jewel tones.

More notes and pictures here.

Material Notes

100% cotton twill for the shell, poly-cotton bedsheet for the lining, 22" zipper




Garment Type

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    Oct 16, 2012, 05.07 PMby nouvellegamine

    very beautiful and great fit!

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    May 8, 2012, 07.55 PMby Eva Iwakki

    very beautiful dress

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    May 8, 2012, 08.29 AMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    Gorgeous fabric! The dress is brilliant! Perfect fit xXx

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    May 1, 2012, 05.48 PMby barmaglot

    Wow! What a print! And fits you perfectly. Well done.

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    May 1, 2012, 12.29 PMby joost52

    Hotdamn that’s pretty! :)

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    Apr 30, 2012, 05.54 PMby Mary Athey

    just gorgeous x

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    Apr 30, 2012, 04.47 PMby chula123

    Well, you wanted a fitted dress and you most definitely got one now ! This is the perfect dress: fit, colour and pattern, well done ! You look great in this dress !

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    Apr 30, 2012, 02.01 PMby wildflower31

    Beautiful faric and awesome fit!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 01.20 PMby jadealamode

    I love the fabric! your dress is so lovely

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    Apr 30, 2012, 12.40 PMby kakigoorimonster

    Wow! That’s a pretty fabric and an impressive fit!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 10.01 AMby zosews

    Lovely! Fits you beautifully :)

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    Apr 30, 2012, 08.33 AMby lindagc

    You look fabulous

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    Apr 30, 2012, 06.59 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Superb!!! Congratulations on getting it just PERFECT!!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 06.32 AMby kihli

    I saw this dress on your blog already and I absolutely like it! I wish I would find a fabric like this.. And I am sure that Joan would absolutely wear a dress like this if she was “head of the office” in our days!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 02.27 AMby daysofcolor

    Beautiful! Your dress fits you well and how wonderful to have a tried-and-true pattern now!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 12.44 AMby rahayusudin

    Love the fit … well done !… gorgeous prints and colour too ..

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    Apr 29, 2012, 11.48 PMby schnui

    Your dress is beautiful and I think Joan would look wonderful in it too. You sew so beautifully.

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    Apr 29, 2012, 10.51 PMby sophienissirios

    The cut of the dress is great and the fabric is beautiful. It looks great on :-)

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