April 1, 2014

Joan in Shocking Pink Mad Men Dress Challenge 3

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! 
Therefor by switching out my belt and unsnapping my cuffs my gussied up cocktail dress transforms into a daytime ready look. I used grosgrain ribbon to bind the raw edge of the cuffs and attached snaps to the cuffs and corresponding sleeve facing.
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. 
In addition to the aforementioned hand stitching I also elected to add a hand picked lapped placket zipper.
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.


  1. Melody - what a BEAUTIFUL job you did on this dress. It is just stunning! I hope you can breathe, and get loads of wearing from this pretty, pretty dress. Great work!

  2. i love it and thanks for the shout out. i love the bow belt! brilliant idea of make the cuffs removable as it will be so much more versatile.

  3. The dress is gorgeous and you look fab in it :)

  4. How fabulous. The two belts are brilliant.

  5. Wow - when you're in that dress no one will be able to take their eyes off of you! I love the day to night cuff and belt switch. what a great idea!

  6. Love it! Great way to dress the look two different ways.

  7. Beautiful as always! I adore your earrings, too, btw!

  8. Ingenious idea with the detachable cuffs, and belt options :)
    That last picture is gorgeous, and really shows off that beautiful fabric.

  9. Beautiful! Such a great idea making the cuffs detachable

  10. Ohhh, another gorgeous dress! I love the printed fabric and it looks great on you. The two different belts are fab :) Very nice work

  11. Oh WOW! This is a stellar interpretation of Joan. I feel like an expert now after weeks of immersing myself in all things Mad Men, LOL. Not only is the dress beautiful, but it really flatters you! You do look gorgeous and dare I say sexy, maybe less obvious than Joan, but you got it! The bling matches really well, I wouldn't have known they weren't a set if you hadn't said so. And so clever to make the cuffs detachable. For a different look,yes! But also for laundering! You went to a lot of work with the pattern drafting, and it was well worth it!

  12. In addition to the dress (which is of course absolutely stunning), I love how you brought the look into this century with your earrings. Very clever :D

  13. Your clothes are amazing! Juts found your blog through the Mad Men Challenge, but I had to follow you as everything is so beautiful. I especially love the green dress with the bow on the front!

  14. Your dress is awesome, and you look so good in it!

  15. I just adore this dress, fabulous job and the details are incredible.


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