The “Joan goes Pucci” outfit

Simplicity 7635

Fabrics: Pucci-inspired rayon from stash, turquoise vinyl from stash, lining from stash
Patterns: Simplicity 7635 and a Sew-Knit-n-Stretch #122
Year: Both from 1967
Notions: Scraps of interfacing, 1 zipper, 6 vintage buttons
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: For this photo
Wear again? Probably

Total Cost: FREE!

I swear I didn’t set out to make another entire outfit, all I wanted to do was finish the dress! Then I was looking in the living room closet for some random thing, spied the half-done turquoise vinyl coat….and the rest, as they say, is history.

I was trying to channel Joan Holloway this week, but I ended up with a mixture of Joan and Skeeter from “The Help”. I wanted to loosen Joan up, make her super hip and “of the moment” : ) I also wanted to finally finish or toss these things I’ve had hanging up and in boxes for at least 7 years! I decided on the raincoat in the midst of a week of solid rain here, standing on BART platforms or waiting for shuttles and getting wet. Why not something distinctive? The pattern was in a big box of patterns from a freecylcer, and was perfect since I wanted to use my cool vintage buttons and needed to use at least 6 to make a statement. The style of coat is a little boxy, not something I would normally wear but to be honest, most of the clothes from this era aren’t my “thing”.

Lining the coat in the dress fabric was pure serendipity – I happened to have a piece *just* big enough, I had used it as a tablecloth in my First Day of Christmas tablesetting (you can see it here if you like). I didn’t have enough to line the sleeves so I used a piece of turquoise silky in the same box. I’m loving being able to use all this stuff finally!

I didn’t realize how much the belt was going to blend in with the dress but check it out! It is an actual vintage piece from the 60′s, and you can just see the vintage ball buttons on the coat. I had to work to salvage them when we had a major flood in my shop about 16 years ago, and there was still a little dirt caught in the holes but the effort was well worth it : )

Button and buttonhole

The coat was a pain in the you-know-what. Do I recommend the fabric? Absolutely not, unless you’ve got a ton of experience working with pain in the rear fabrics. This stuff is right up there with velvet <cringe>. It’s tough to press (MUST use press cloth), you can’t wash it or dry clean it (wipe it with a sponge) AND it has some stretch to it. I ended up doing bound buttonholes in the off-chance that I’d wear it enough to put a strain on anything. I top-stitched the hem because honestly, I ran out of time. What I “should” have done was what I did with the sleeves:

Instead of doing the traditional hem (turn up fashion fabric, stitch, turn up lining fabric separately and either slip stitch to fashion fabric or stitch separately and tack at seams) I treated the vinyl and lining as one. I took some of the print, wrapped it around the raw edges like a bias binding to enclose everything and then stitched the hem to the lining. You can’t really hand hem vinyl, and you shouldn’t : ) This way you get a clean edge finish without putting holes in the vinyl…because if you make a mistake you can’t fix it well or easily.

I channeled Najah this week with the pockets : )

I didn’t do the “nice” finish with the coat hem because all hand work was done in the car on the way to pick up a couple rescued chicken girls in Vacaville Sunday morning. By the time we got back I had just enough time to throw a machine hem in, get hair and makeup done and get to my girlfriends house to do photos.

Can you read the song title?

Sue has all KINDS of goodies, she’s my partner-in-crime with our tablesetting blog. She has the vintage record box (you’d store your singles in it and could take it to your friends house for a sleep over) AND Monkees records! I decided to pull out the “Day Dream Believer” single as an homage to Davy Jones. I was much more a David Cassidy fan but appreciate a good-looking singing Brit : )

All the furniture is Sue’s…I match : ) Check out those vintage shoes too! They are only a half-size too small this week and a little narrow but very shiny and purple! I also totally lucked out with the tights – I used to own about 2 dozen pairs in all colors and they just sat in a box for years. A few months ago my daughter needed materials for a project at school so she took them all and made an enormous spider web in the wooded area at school…and somehow left me one pair of turquoise. Serendipity : )

This totally cool picture is vintage and made using fake fur : ) Reminds me of troll hair…

So Joan met Pucci this week, what do you think?

Author

Loran

Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )

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  1. LOVE IT! That’s what I think. Gorgeous detailing as always Loran and using up what’s in your stash is always a bonus Perfect bound buttonholes on nightmarish fabric, thanks for the tips. Its possible Joan could wear something Pucci inspired this season you’ll be giving her a run for her money. Well done.

  2. Gorgeous colors!! I love how bright and bold it all is and I am super envious of the furnishings in the background!
    You’ve added two things to my must have/do list: buy bright tights and make a coat!

  3. The coat is so cool…I love the pocket lining and the bound button holes are really cool

  4. What do I think? I think I love it!!!! I can’t stop looking at that shade of blue and me wants some Rainbow Brite tights like that! And, how awesome that you “chanelled” me — little ole mee- with those adorable pockets.

    You’ve rocked my MAD MOD world with this outfit, Loran. You are a beautiful blast from the past.

  5. Whoa– Joanie goes to London on a business trip! Seriously awesome interpretation, way to take a theme and run with it!

  6. OMG. This outfit is SOOOO me! If you ever get tired of it…I’m pretty sure it will fit me. Send it over…with the tights and chair if possible. You can never have too much teal camo.

  7. Great colors! This outfit looks so fun!

  8. I LUV the dress. I have a soft spot for 1967 styles and have a collection of Simplicity catalogues from ’67-70, and this pattern is in the S/S ’67.

    I keep waiting for a major character to go super-mod like this (although Megan did a little tiny bit in the last episode, Tomorrowland). Maybe this season we’ll see it?

  9. FUN! FUN! FUN! You are a very talented seamstress! The colors are so bold and I love the pictures.

  10. This is seriously aqua-tastic!! And I love your Davy Jones tribute. We saw a bit of Beatles-mania in MM, and I’ve been hoping we’ll get a little Monkees fever this season. Great job on the whole thing!!

  11. Fantastic! How can you not be happy when it rains, wearing that fabulous coat? I love the whole ensemble and can appreciate the satisfaction of finally using materials you’ve had for a while.

  12. I think you have got the whole look down!

  13. I LOVE IT ALL! The coat, the lining, the dress, the earrings, the purse, the shoes! My mind is completely blown by the awesomeness of the ensemble. Bravo for taking Joan into a new era – it looks fantastic!

  14. I love that you’ve done something later 60s (around the time when I was born in fact). I remember most of the women in my family wearing stuff like this in my early years (maybe not as brave with the colours which are absolutely gorgeous). I cannot believe how much you achieve each week Loran, whether in output or just technically difficult. You are a true inspiration. (I got my Daydream Believer single, and the rest of my Monkees records out the other day….I’m surprised my Daydream Believer still has grooves in it I used to play it nonstop…..7A…)