For the mad men challenge I wanted to make a dress in the style of Joan.
I used Simplicity 1653 which is a mock-wrap style. I thought a mock-wrap would avoid the problem of exposure I have with many wrap dresses but still have similar body-hugging features, so much a part of Joan’s glamorous frocks. It has a tie similar to the wrap/tie effect in the dress of Joan’s pictured.
I used and a wool (merino) modal knit from Addicted to Fabric . I haven’t sewn with a knit before. I did find a couple of great posts by Tilly and Gillian that are very informative. I found them a little too late for this dress, but they will be good for next time. I have more details on the dress step by step here.
I’ve learnt a lot sewing knit fabric for the first time. I’m keen to sew more. Knits will be great for making some wardrobe staples. A whole new world of sewing possibilities opens up, as if I needed more.
What have you learnt through the Mad Men challenge? Do you have a favorite Mad Men dress?
I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone makes.