Peggy Georgia

The dress that inspired my part in the Mad Men Challenge is the one worn by Peggy Olson in the picture below, right.  I don’t remember her wearing it in the show.  This girlie, voluminous style is more often associated with Betty Draper (left). 

But I wanted to make a dress out of a fabric I’ve had in my stash for quite a while.  It’s a cotton print by Alexander Henry, a big-scale design named “Georgia” inspired by the work of the US artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  I’m 5’4″ so I did worry that the large, carnivorous-looking flowers would eat me up.  But those flowers and the blues and greens are the very reason why I love this fabric so much.  Had the risk payed off, this would have been my favourite dress ever!

The pattern was drafted on my pattern-cutting course.  I took my tutor’s advice and used pleats rather than gathers to add volume to the skirt.  Gathers might have produced a more child-like, stouter look.  I made a bodice toile which showed that the design was too generously proportioned, but no matter how much I kept trimming off here and there, the dress still feels too big for me.  Maybe the large print really can’t work.    But I enjoyed making “Peggy Georgia” and had a great time with my mum who did her best to take decent pictures of me wearing it. 

I don’t know what will happen to this dress.  I could take it apart and make a different garment out of it.  Or should I keep it for the right occasion?  What do you think?

10 thoughts on “Peggy Georgia

  1. I really love the dress! You look exactly like Peggy I hope you enjoyed doing it and I Ioved watching the pictures getting taken.

  2. I really love the dress, but maybe it’s just a style that you’re not used to. I made a similar dress, and only had the confidence to wear it for my friend’s 60’s themed party, and then again when we had the private view of my textile group’s exhibition. Just wear it somewhere that you’re not known and pretend to be someone else for the day! It’s lovely x

  3. I think you look gorgeous in this dress! It’s one of my very favorites from the Mad Men Challenge. The fabric is so beautiful, and you look stunning in it! Very feminine. I hope you find the perfect occasion to wear it 🙂

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