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?