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?