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Joan Holloway dress

Added Jan 14, 2010

by lilybart

Perth, Australia






A dress inspired by the exceedingly gorgeous Joan Holloway from Mad Men. I drafted the pattern myself and the sleeve tucks and the pockets took me forever to get right (I want appreciation, dammit)! More pictures on my blog

Material Notes

Made from Irish linen/viscose blend. Probably a poor choice of fabric for this dress. I think it would be better in something stiffer that creases less.




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    Jan 22, 2010, 03.39 PMby corduroycoat

    This dress is stunning! I absolutely love the tucks on the shoulder. Fantastic work, it looks very professional!

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    Jan 15, 2010, 02.26 PMby captainkitsch

    This is darling! And the little bow is a perfect addition!

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    Jan 15, 2010, 05.37 AMby mheim

    I love this pastel colour. im obsessed with pastel at the moment and this style of clothing after scoping out luelas’ spring summer 2010 collection. p.s im following your blog, i like it :)

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      Jan 15, 2010, 09.42 AMby lilybart

      hehe fancy that! This dress started off as an exact knock-off of the first dress in that Luella collection. But the style didn’t suit me so I changed it. The pockets, sleeves and waistline are the same!

      Thanks for following my blog!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 09.41 PMby abbyzeeble

    I love the sleeve tucks and the waistline. Lovely.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 09.32 PMby lilybart

    Goodness me! Look at all these lovely comments! Thanks so much everyone. I only joined yesterday and I’m still trying to figure out how to use burdastyle… but I’ll try my best to check you all out!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 07.30 PMby jam and ivy

    You should enter this in the Coats and Clark Red and Pink contest! Gert little dress!

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      Jan 14, 2010, 09.40 PMby lilybart

      I’d love to, although Washington is a bit far away!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 06.08 PMby dina17

    The colour, the pockets, the sleeves, the bow, wow!! And you made me so happy by doing your hair up in the same style, I love those details!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 04.23 PMby frkbustad

    Oh, this is in Joan’s spirit alright! Very, very nice, and extremely well done! It’s gorgeous!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 03.33 PMby irmchen

    Toll! This is fantastic! I like the the sleeves and the waistline with the bow! PERFECT!

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      Jan 14, 2010, 06.34 PMby irmchen

      I visited your blog: Your ‘golden rule of sewing’ is just what I think: I wear my dresses every day in the office and I like it. :-)

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    Jan 14, 2010, 12.15 PMby flosiepoos

    Want appreciation? Here’s another well-deserved dose! What a gorgeous dress, I adore it! I’m sure you’ll turn heads in it. Fantastic work!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 10.44 AMby omgdora

    Very lovely! The details are exquisite. I agree about the fabric — when I saw the first picture, I thought “This is great but Joan would wear it in wool or heavier cotton.” Heh.

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      Jan 14, 2010, 10.23 PMby lilybart

      Thanks so much! Yeah I wanted to make it in wool, but I really wanted a pastel colour and I could only find navy, grey and black wool. Borriinnggg! Anyway, I’m not too fussed about it, I think the linen gives it a more casual look, but definitely if I make it again I’ll use a different fabric.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 09.18 AMby zenica

    gorgeous dress, very feminine. wish I could wear something like that

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      Jan 14, 2010, 10.29 PMby lilybart

      Thanks, Zenica. Of course you can wear something like this! If you can sew, you can pretty much wear whatever you like.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 04.32 AMby gillthecat

    this looks great nice fabric,, and your also in perth,, lot of folk on burda from perth,,

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    Jan 14, 2010, 04.12 AMby jannawilton

    I appreciate you!! haha this is super cute…i love the color and the detail!

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