Here I am with a bit of wiggle in my walk; my version of Joan's shocking pink dress.
The fabric is a pink and black floral rose jacquard from Fabric Mart. Pink is almost gone but there are currently myriad additional rose colors or other beautiful jacquard options.
After much personal debate, pondering over belt and cuff outcomes, I stumbled upon jewelry beading to achieve the look. I drafted a simple belt of self fabric and heavy interfacing which was finished with a gem cluster, re-purposed from a broken necklace, to pose as a buckle. The actual belt closure is a whopper popper snap.
To create the adorned cuff look, bracelet linked gems were used. By a twist of fate they happened to match the belt buckle gems adequately! The bracelets were procured from a local craft store and stitched directly to the shocking pink cuffs. While stitching the cuffs I was struck by a novel idea. If the cuffs were created to be removable, I could get two looks for the price of one!
As it turned out this novel idea involved a slew of dreaded hand stitching.
Due to the color variance between my chosen fabric and the inspiration piece, I also elected to inverse the piping color.
The neckline piping was mirrored on the sleeve hem to give my daytime version additional design detail.
Shout out to Sew Little Time who called me on two belts to change up the look. Great minds think alike! I cut a solid pink belt with a bow from the shocking pink contrast but while constructing it I felt it looked too juvenile and took away from the glam factor of the rose fabric. I found this manufactured wide black bow belt in my closet and felt it would fit the bill.
I do not know if I can honestly convey the sex appeal of Joan and unlike her character I like to breath in my dresses without popping seams none the less I was thoroughly inspired by the look.
I adore how the iridescence of the fabric shimmers in the sunlight.