20th century, Joan Holloway, projects

Decisions, Decisions!

So I could easily just whip out one of my many 50s/60s options for the GBACG Mad Men event… but I want to go as Joan.  Yes yes, there will be 5 million of us there… but how can I pass up the opportunity?

Now I’m trying to decide what to make.  She has such a fabulous wardrobe that it’s hard to pick!  And, of course, Christina Hendricks is thinner than me, so while we have the same general shape, I want to be sure that I don’t look like a sausage in whatever I make.  I’ll probably make the skirt slightly looser, for sure.

So what do you think would work best on me?

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  • Reply Trystan September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I love the pen necklace! I used to have one of those, hmm.. wonder where it went off to? Sorry, distracted by accessories…

    Def. not the 3rd one, those stripes signal “danger, danger!” to me. I think it just barely works on her & it’s prob. a knit, which is why. Good luck finding the fabric. I quite like the blue one bec. the jacket & the bow at the waist give it the most figure definition, very flattering, just lovely details that I think would look great on you. Plus it could work in many colors, if you don’t want blue. Just need a little piece of retro print contrast for the front (which I’d start with, hardest part to find). The 1st one, eh, it’s ok, not a big thrill, the very high collar is hit-or-miss, imo.

    Great hair w/all of ‘em tho!

  • Reply Mae September 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Whoops I forgot you’re not doing LJ comments anymore. Copy/pasted-

    The pink scarf crowds the neck too much for my taste, but that’s just me- the purple is so fabulous. The diagonal stripes might overemphasise your bust… I like the blue one best.

  • Reply Liz September 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Definitely the blue one, even if you use another color.

  • Reply Lauren September 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I like the blue one the most, besides dark blues and greens always look great on redheads :)

  • Reply Loren September 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Oops, forgot you cant see comments on LJ…

    She does have a rockin wardrobe doesn’t she? I like 2 or 3 the best. #2 is just a gorgeous color and I think the v neck over the black boat neck is very flattering. And #3 – man, stripe-sex-o-rama!

    But #1, eh, not so much. Oh and 1928 makes the pen necklace. If you can’t find one near you there are always a bunch on ebay.

  • Reply izodiea September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I love #1 or #2. I live the blue one a little better, I think it could be more forgiving proportionally. With the pink/purple you would have to get the neckline just right.

  • Reply kendra September 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks everyone! I’ve decided to go with #2 — now it’s the hunt to find the right fabrics!

  • Reply Dan September 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Just my two cents, but i don’t think #2 is a faux jacket. If you look at the shot you have of the back, there is a zip up the back that stops where the jacket hits, so it looks like a functional separate garment to me, since it wouldn’t be possible to get the dress on if it couldn’t zip up past the waist. Big fan of your work and site!

  • Reply kendra September 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Dan – I noticed that when I was peering at images! So now I’m thinking blouse/skirt/jacket. Thanks for the nice feedback!

  • Reply Dan September 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    You are welcome! It looks to me like the blouse might be fake. As in the skirt and blouse are one piece to keep the blouse from creeping up and causing bulk under the jacket.

  • Reply another Katherine September 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Have you read Tom & Lorenzo’s Mad Style posts over at Project Rungay?

    • Reply kendra September 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Of COURSE! :)

  • Reply Sahrye September 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    This pattern from McCalls looks like it has a similar jacket to the blue dress http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/catalog/item/1657255/7884762.htm
    I’ve been looking for boleros and jacket patterns to put over the dress I bought at the Art Deco Vintage Fair. I love your tiki dress!

  • Reply kendra September 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Sahrye – THANKS! I’ve been looking and looking, trying to find a pattern that has a tie front jacket, and that is perfect! I’ve saved the pattern shapes from my CoPA CD-ROM, and I’m going to alter the pattern I bought so that it has that tie front. Yay!

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