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Mad Men "Joanie Dress"

Added Apr 1, 2012

by fabgoddess

Kelowna, Canada




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I added sleeves to this princess seam sheath dress. Sort of going for the Mad Men Joanie dress. The colour is off in the photo – it’s more of a teal green. And wow, I had to cut this dress way down! It turned out pretty good fit-wise. The arm holes are a bit weird at the back – I didn’t do a great job of shortening the bodice to accommodate my short waisted torso. Still, it turned out great and was a very easy pattern to sew. Will definitely make this again. Can’t wait to wear this to work!

Material Notes

Double knit stretch jersey. I eliminated the zipper and back split because of the stretch.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type


5/2010 #140

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    Oct 16, 2012, 05.10 PMby nouvellegamine

    Gorgeous! good job resizing too!

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    Apr 4, 2012, 12.29 PMby mcginnhold

    Va-va-va-Voom !
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    Apr 4, 2012, 11.41 AMby iin

    it look fab.

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    Apr 1, 2012, 03.43 PMby sunnilj9

    So so fabulous! I love the fitted nature of your dress. You look dreamy – and very mad-menny. xoxo, Sunni

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      Apr 2, 2012, 01.17 AMby fabgoddess

      Thanks! So love it when a project turns out the way you’d hoped!

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    Apr 1, 2012, 11.43 AMby MusterSchnittchen

    Absolutely lovely! How did you make the sleeves? lately I tried to make some for a self drafted pattern, I really failed…

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      Apr 1, 2012, 03.20 PMby fabgoddess

      Thanks! I lifted the sleeves from another pattern. They aren’t a perfect fit though. I’d love to learn to draft my own patterns. I need to tackle making a custom fit sloper – I always have trouble with the fit in the bodice of dresses.
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    Apr 1, 2012, 09.20 AMby pauline alice

    This is a fabulous dress! Very flattering and such a great colour. Great job!

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    Apr 1, 2012, 08.21 AMby janetheclerk

    this is lovely! is the top cut on the bias, as it seems to have a bit of a cowl? if not, how did you get that effect?

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      Apr 1, 2012, 03.17 PMby fabgoddess

      Thanks!! I didn’t resize the front panel enough so it’s actually just too big! Because it’s a double knit I just tucked the middle in put a little stay stitch to hold it to create a little drapy effect. Love happy mistakes!

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      Apr 1, 2012, 06.03 PMby janetheclerk

      they really are the best :)

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    Apr 1, 2012, 07.15 AMby jadealamode

    absolutely fabulous!! the colour looks great too

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    Apr 1, 2012, 06.49 AMby schnui

    This is so lovely and very Madmen indeed. The colour is beautiful on you.

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    Apr 1, 2012, 04.12 AMby leahfranqui

    OH, I love this! Such a nice fit!

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    Apr 1, 2012, 03.07 AMby fabgoddess

    Aw thanks!

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