Based on the wardrobe of Mad Men’s iconic Joan Holloway, the Joan Dress should be a staple in the wardrobe of any vintage lover.
A fitted bodice and skirt gives the dress a sassy, feminine feel that the real Joan herself would adore. The bodice is fitted with darts at the waist and back shoulder, and features a gently scooped neckline. Stylish ¾ length sleeves and a 60s inspired tie collar give the dress a super elegant feel. Designed to hit below the knee, the skirt is semi-fitted with darts and sports a kick pleat at the back hem. The whole dress is fully lined, giving you a gorgeously professional-feeling finish.
Fabric: Joan works beautifully in a variety of different woven fabrics. We recommend using a medium weight drapey fabric with some structure – you don’t want to use anything too lightweight and fluid. Double crepes, suiting, heavier rayon wovens. For the cooler months lightweight wools work gorgeously and suiting fabrics are perfect. For the lining we like to use rayon, a lightweight crepe de chine or acetate.
Skill Level: The Joan Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern. We recommend you have experience inserting an invisible zip, as well as attaching sleeves.
Sizing: The Joan Dress comes in UK sizes 8-20.