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60's Office Wear

Added Jun 7, 2009

by bijouxbetty

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I was inspired by the blue dress worn by the character Joan Holloway that is in Mad Men (season 2). I love most of her outfits.

I flat drafted the pattern from scratch with fitted kimono sleeves (really like them at the moment).

I found the fabric quite thick so it became bulky with 2 layers and had to be careful with the lapels.
I modified it quite a bit – I made a flat waistband, removed the bow, made a small pinch at the V neck instead of a gather as the fabric is stretchy and bulked too much.

I also decided not to choose a permanent contrasting fabric on the chest or cuffs so I could wear different tops under it instead.

small slit at the back as I like to still walk with a normal stride to work!

Material Notes

one-way stretch synthetic fabric with small houndstooth patter
One long zip





Mad Men for inspiration

Martin for the photos

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    Oct 23, 2010, 03.07 PMby cocoretro

    Gorgeous!!! Mad Man indeed!!

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    Sep 10, 2010, 08.36 PMby addiek

    Fantastic updated neckline & fab fit!

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    Sep 10, 2010, 08.30 PMby tabyaby

    GORGEOUS! I like it because it is not “as” elegant as the original! It’s like the new trend in fall with its straight lines etc. I love it.

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    Sep 8, 2010, 08.46 PMby digitalgeisha

    Fits you like a glove! And your red hair + vibrant lipstick is perfect.

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    Mar 16, 2010, 04.28 AMby sandrasews

    Very sexy and looks identical to the shape of Joan’s dress.

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    Jun 9, 2009, 09.33 AMby carottesauvage

    Really cool! I also find film to be great inspirations! My favorite would be the Black Cat (1934) with Bela Lugosi, for female costumes, the rest is a bit forgetable!

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    Jun 9, 2009, 05.12 AMby mirela

    Wonderful fit and such a great inspiration. I wish I had your drafting skills….

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    Jun 8, 2009, 12.07 PMby lauriana

    Very stylish! I like your version better than the original. Good job on the pattern.

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    Jun 8, 2009, 06.26 AMby djoule

    Looks amazing ! Fantastic job :)

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    Jun 8, 2009, 05.48 AMby klbull2000

    This dress is amazing. You look great in this dress.

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    Jun 8, 2009, 01.54 AMby susisonne

    Gorgeous dress, looks great on you!!

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    Jun 7, 2009, 11.02 PMby stelloun

    It looks georgious, simple and very stylish!! It really fits you like a glove, the design and fabric are excellent choice!! Great job!

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    Jun 7, 2009, 10.04 AMby victors

    looks great on you, lovely style you have!

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