My Mad Men Dress: Joan Holloway On The Farm

fifities style vintage sheath dress
 I finished my Mad Men dress!
Here’s my version of Joan Holloway, Sew Country Chick Style!
 I really must get myself some clogs….. as if!

fifities style sheath dress
 Oh my goodness, this is going to be a lot of work!!!
fifties style sheath dress
Darling, I’m ready for my martini now!
I made this dress from a yard and a half of cotton stretch woven floral fabric I bought at Mood in Hollywood.
I was inspired by a floral scoop necked dress that looked so good on Joan Holloway.
I didn’t make a pattern and instead draped the design on my dress form . To see how I draped this dress you can visit this post here.
Here are a few more details about it:
It has a slot zipper on the side, a couture technique I learned from the Claire Schaeffer book Couture Sewing.
It has a hand sewn bias tape neck facing, another technique I read about in the book.
All the hems are hand sewn.

Here as my inspiration photos:

Shared at
Jojo & Eloise
Sew Much Ado
The Train To Crazy

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  1. says

    Justine! This is amazing! I love everything about it, the fabric, cut, the fit, the length – you look absolutely gorgeous. Do you think there could be a market for gumboots with heels? ;).

  2. Marie says

    This is as beautiful as I imagined it would be and what a clever photo shoot! You look seriously stunning Justine!!!

  3. Sew Blessed Maw says

    Justine, your mad men dress is absolutely beautiful.. You look fantastic and the fabric is beautiful and really becomes you..
    Love your photo shoot in the garden.. Such a clever idea.. Happy sewing, and enjoy your gardening in the heels…[such fun.hahahaha]..

  4. sewVery says

    Va-va-voom! This is definitely a good look for you. What an amazing dress!

  5. Zoé says

    I like the dress and I can definitely see the Mad Men style going on there. However, I think I like the styling of the photos even more. I think I should do a photoshoot with (Fool that I am, cannot remember the name) or, better still, a great big pitchfork! 🙂

  6. says

    You photo shoot is making the ‘Green Acres’ song run through my head ;op I LOVE this dress – you did an awesome job draping it and the fit is amazing. You are stunning and your work is impeccable – Great Job!!!!

  7. amy mayen says

    That’s a gorgeous dress, I love florals right now! I never do well with knits. I’m always hoping if I read your blog some of your talent will rub off on me!!

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      Keep reading! No, you already have all of the talent you need.

  8. Mie@Sewing Like Mad says

    BEAUTIFUL…and I LOVE the photo shoot – high heels in the garden…that’s the way! And impressive craftsmanship!! Fits you like a glove….like it obviously is supposed to!

  9. Justine of SewCountryChick says

    Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments about my handmade dress and cheesy photo shoot everyone! I love the online sewing community.

  10. says

    The dress is beautiful and you look stunning in it. I love all of your pictures and captions. Ha! You did such a wonderful job with the draping. I have yet to succeeded at trying that method.

  11. O. Jolly says

    Yay! Just wandered in for the first time via the Train to Crazy. Love the dress. Love the vibe.

  12. Lorie ~ Ferndale Lane says

    Beautiful!! Love the fit and that fabric!! I’m glad I found your blog! You are a mish mash of different hobbies/interests that I love and am soooo glad to know there are more people out there in this world like me. Ha ha!!

  13. Neeno says

    I love this dress sooooo much!!!!! Fits really well. Great copy cat!!!!