The “Mad Roses” Dress
Fabric: Black Double Knit, Cotton “Roses” and Poly Lining
Pattern: New Look 6910, plus self drafted sleeves
Notions: Thread, 22″ zipper, Wunder Under, Shoulder Snaps
and a Hook & Eye Closure
Time to Complete: 20 Hours
First worn: Photo Shoot
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $44 – Fabric $32, Notions $12
For the Mad Men challenge I chose the Joan Holloway “bold” and “sassy” character. A girl can never have to many little black dresses and this one with roses would give me a crack at doing appliqué work for the first time. I ironed Wunder Under to the back of the Roses fabric, turning the fabric into an iron-on decal and then cut out the Roses.
After contructing the dress but before I finished the lining, I ironed on the Roses, then zigzagged (.03 length, 3.0 width) for a decorative finish. This added a lot of time but I just love the end results. I also toyed with the idea of adding the roses to the back of the dress, but in the end just kept the Roses only on the front.
Joan was home entertaining in the inspiration photo, so we played with that concept in our photo session. This was a lot of fun to shoot, let’s hear it for “Happy Hour” and ladies I will be making more “Joan Dresses” in the near future, everything she wears is right up my alley.