The “Petite Holloway” Ensemble

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

It’s Mad Men Week over at the Sew Weekly. I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t watch Mad Men often enough to skip right over the reason (or more accurately, the lack of reason) why. It’s also safe to say that you’d have to be dead not to notice the buzz about the show’s wardrobe and style in general. I know that the characters are an indelible part of pop culture, now.

I also know that of every female on that show, Joan is the one most watch. I’ve seen enough sewing blog posts about Joan and her alter ego, Christina Hendricks, to know something of what made her style, her style. I still hit Google, Flickr and Pinterest looking for images. Two things were immediately obvious: Joan’s style is always about FIT and usually filled with SOLIDS. FIT & SOLIDS. ALL. CAPS. I was drawn to this look in particular.

It was also immediately obvious that there are women who are blessed to share Joan’s Cocoa Cola bottle shape, and that I was not one of them. The good thing is, you don’t need that shape to go with fit and solids. I thought I could do a look that was Joan-lite or…Petite Holloway (!) and be happy with that. I cut out a dress and there it sat. Then, I saw this image on a blog that I read. I wanted separates. So, at the last minute, I winged a top, cut out a skirt and drafted a high waistband for it. And then, they sat. My get up and go, had got up and gone.

Today (Monday), I forced myself to get to work. There are some things that are a bit misaligned and I made my waistband too big and did a quick fix rather than make another. Regardless, I am soooo pleased with the result!

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

The "Petite Holloway" Ensemble

The Facts | Mad Men Challenge
Fabric | Teal Wool Crepe :: $9.98 a yard :: less than one yard used. Navy Stretch Rayon Jersey :: $4.98 a yard :: less than one yard used. Bronze poly something or other for the lining. I think it was in the $1.95 a yard section. All fabrics were purchased from my beloved,
Patterns | Simplicity 9823 with a swayback adjustment, a true TNT pattern now. I cut the top without a pattern based on the line drawing of this top.
Year | Current, I think, despite the old pattern and style that I’m trying to emulate.
Notions | Thread, a zipper and interfacing for the waistband.
Time to complete | About 4 or 5 hours. This is the first time I added a lining to a skirt, there was a bit of a learning curve.
First worn | While snapping flicks in my living room.
Wear again? Yes! But not on a chocolate craving week, if you know what I mean ;o) That waistband is a bit uncomfy right at this moment.
Total price | About $20 or so with the percentage off the fabric. I’m pretty sure that pattern was $1 when I bought it about 7 or 8 years ago, when I first decided to sew my own clothes. I bought a ton and I couldn’t follow even one. What a long way I’ve come!

PS- I wasn’t ready in time for my photographer (hubby aka the Oracle) to take my pics this week :p

More pics here


6 thoughts on “The “Petite Holloway” Ensemble

  1. I love the outfit but I really wanted to comment to say how much I love your hair! Its inspiring me to try to do something like it tomorrow! I’m natural too and I’ve just become lazy with it but you’re an inspiration for both sewing and hairstyles!

  2. Hi Nettie–first up, that skirt is fabulous and just fits you perfectly (and honestly, you amaze me at how awesome you’ve been doing on all your challenges, I have only ONE kid and I couldn’t even dream of sewing weekly). Anyway, I can’t find your email link anywhere, and I’m not sure what neighborhood you live in, but are you at all interested in coming to any meetings of the Brooklyn Burdastyle Sewing Club? We meet approximately monthly in Red Hook at one of the member’s apartments, show off our latest projects, talk about upcoming projects, etc. I always bring my daughter (almost 2) and the host has two daughters who are usually there, I think they are about 7 and 11 years old. email me if you think you might be interested!

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