I owe a debt to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner for not only creating fantastically compelling television, but for introducing the world to Joan Holloway/Harris as played by the gorgous Christina Hendricks. Joan has, in many ways become my fashion icon, my own version of WWJD.
Not suprisingly then, I decided I needed my own Mad Men inspired dress:
The collar and sleeves are borrowed from New Look 6000. However I replaced the body of the dress with my own princess seamed sheath pattern.
The dress is constructed with a very dark teal wool found at the Virginia Marti Fabric Store. (If you are in Cleveland, it is definitely worth checking out as a great source of high quality apparel fabrics. It is a one of the few alternatives to Joanns or the interwebz.) My photos don't really do justice to this saturated color. In real life, it's closer to this color:
I inserted an invisible zipper and fully lined the dress with this silky polyester blend in a blue watercolor floral. Because if I am going invest the time to make my own clothes I want the insides to be as pretty as the outsides! It's like pretty underwear... I know that nobody else will see it, but it makes me happy!