Dear Friend,

As I explained in my last post I have been searching for my very own Joan Holloway/Harris (Joanie) dress for quite some time. I wanted something with a gorgeous floral pattern in jewel colours. It had to have a nipped waist (preferably with a rouched detail) and a high, wide neck.

After quite sometime to etsy fairies sent this original 1960’s deadstock silk dress my way.037

I decided to bring out the robin’s egg blue in the dress with matching gloves and scarf around my bag;



There is something so special, almost virginal about deadstock pieces…they have been lying, patiently in wait for many decades waiting to be loved and fulfil their destiny. The fabric is always so crisp, the seams so perfect and the feel is incomparable with any brand new item purchased nowadays. Just look at the delicate pinking to the lining…which I am loving all the more because of its purple/come pink tonings;


This was the first time I wore this dress (to work) and I felt like I was on cloud nine all day.

They just don’t make them like they used to, look at the beautiful rouched waistband and bow detail to the rear.


and buttons that go all the way down the back



It came with it’s original swing tags and several spare buttons.

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I wore it back with my 1960’s Sarah Coventry brooch and earrings set. I was lucky enough to pick these pieces up separately. I had hearted the brooch on etsy and had decided to wait until I found the earrings before purchasing ( I like to have sets, it makes it so much easier to be co-ordinated). I spotted these at the Camberwell Markets and pounced upon them, when I flipped them over I couldn’t see the familiar Sarah Cov stamped on the back. The dealer was happy to sell them to me for $5 and I was pretty sure they were the same as the brooch…I used a magnifier at work to check out the tiny engraving and sure enough they were Sarah Coventry-yay! I bought the brooch from the etsy seller another $10-costume jewellery heaven.

The next instalment of my Dressing Like Joanie series (next week) is going to be all about jewellery. Hope you’ll pop back to check it out.


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