The “Peggy and Father Gill” dress
⁃ Fabric: cotton
⁃ Pattern: Burdastyle Magazine 04/2011 #108
⁃ Year: 2011
⁃ Notions: self-made bias tape, buttons, elastic
⁃ Time to complete: about 6 hours
⁃ First worn: March 19, 2012
⁃ Wear again? I guess…
⁃ Total price: 10 euros for fabric + 1,70 euros for buttons
Long time no see!
I took a long break from the Sew Weekly because I’m very unfocused in this period, but I had to come back for the Mad Men challenge!
I’ve been thinking A LOT what to make for this week, but knowing from the start I had just a weekend to sew, I had to go with something simple (alas, no Joanie-inspired super fitted shift dress). I started scrolling the ever so useful Tom & Lorenzo’s Mad Style posts, and after almost setting for a Trudi-inspired dress, this little number caught my attention:
I love Peggy and the extremely juvenile dresses she wore in the first seasons. This one, she wears in episode 2×08, “A Night to Remember”, to meet Father Gill. How very appropriate for a little catholic girl!
I decided not to go with a faithful reproduction, but to put my own spin to it. As you can see, the bodice is quite similar, just shorter and without the little welt pocket. The collar and the bias cut placket are very similar, though. I then went for a super simple gathered skirt and added a little horizontal pleat at the hem for more interest.
I knew the white and blue gingham wasn’t easy to pull of, but I think it can be worn without looking like a 3-year-old if styled correctly. Unfortunately, I didn’thave time to think too much about it because it started to rain just before I went out to take photos (this also explain the messy hair and the fact I didn’t even took the time to check if I was in frame). Quickest photoshoot ever. I was terrified to damage my camera. I hope you can still appreciate it!