The Joan Holloway Inspired Valentine’s Day Dress
Fabric: Tropical wool, $12/yd, 60″
Pattern: McCall’s 4994
Notions: Invisible zipper, $1
Time to complete: 20+ hours. I made a muslin of the bodice first, but after that maybe 8 hours.
First worn: I haven’t worn this yet.
Wear again? (after sleeping on it overnight, yes)
Total price: $37?
I greatly dislike Valentine’s Day, but I love the color red and I’ll do anything for Sew Weekly.
I had some five yards of red tropical wool that was languishing in my closet since my failed Lady Grey sew-along, so I decided to make McCall’s 4994 in red. I made a muslin of the bodice first. I lowered the neckline about one inch and adjusted the waist. I also changed the vent backs on the skirt and sewed it straight since I again was very close to not finishing this project on time.
I didn’t tweak the sleeves because I didn’t want to sacrifice mobility but if I were to make this again I’d make the short sleeved version or adjust the fit of the sleeves. Despite that this dress definitely has a very Mad Men vibe to it.
I cheated on the back by removing the back vent, but I have no problems walking around in it.
I wouldn’t have done anything with the tropical wool though if it weren’t for this project. The dress is comfortable to wear and after sleeping on it overnight, I definitely like it.