Hot! The “Peggy Fan Club” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Navy worsted wool twill suiting $6
Pattern: Simplicity 6933
Year: 1966
Notions: 16″ zipper $2
Time to complete: ~8 hours (8 episodes of Mad Men – of course)
First worn: To the library on St. Patrick’s Day for pictures
Wear again? Indeed!
Total price: $8
I can’t remember exactly where or when I first saw this vintage pattern but I have sort of obsessed over it a little. To make a long story short I now own it in three different sizes! I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway or contribute to a sewing swap so now I actually have something to give! I’ll keep the one in my size but I really have no need for the others. I’m still figuring out the details, any pointers would be appreciated.

Let’s face it, I’m still obsessed with this pattern. My life mission is to find kelly green suiting or wool (under $20/yard), just like the envelope drawing. I just last week found out about Fashion Fabrics Club and a few greens there have tempted me. For now I’m settling for navy. But it’s not the same and it knows that. I also purchased enough of this navy wool to make the matching coat – it’s just going to take longer.

Originally I thought because it was a vintage pattern it would mean it was incredibly complicated. But what a pleasant surprise when it turned out to be so easy – granted now that I pay more attention there are a lot of simple, but very chic, styles from the 60s.

The hubs and I decided at the beginning of February that we really needed to start watching MM, as it had been in our Netflix queue for months and months. Of course we got hooked immediately and I want to make so many more MM inspired outfits! I don’t know which lady of MM would wear this. Because it’s a bit plain, probably just one of the switchboard girls or random secretary (did you know Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials was one of the switchboard girls in season 1? I recognized her voice before her face!)



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. I love the shape of this. It looks like the navy dress Peggy wore near the end of season 4 with red gores in the skirt – I only started watching Mad Men on Netflix 2 weeks ago too….52 episodes in 2 weeks, but it was worth it!

  2. So Peggy (you look very much like her). I’ve discovered Fabric Mart and I like it over Fashion Fabric Club because I think the fabric is of better quality and every day they have a different sale, usually at least two or three. I’ve gotten some amazing high end fabrics there for less than anywhere else online. But…you have to be patient because while they don’t have an enormous catalog, their changes and deals change every day.

    You’ll get that fine kelly green wool. I know it!

    • Thanks for the tips! I just started getting the Fabric Mart enews. I’ve seen a few things there that are nice but I haven’t been wowed. I’m sticking with it though because something will inevitably catch my eye.
      And thanks for saying I look like Peggy. I love Elisabeth Moss in everything she does. I was trying to do her MM hair but her bangs are thinner, and my ponytail wasn’t curling as well as hers. Oh well.

  3. Cute dress. I actually had that pattern before I sent it to Rosy a few months ago. It’s super cute.

    Definitely reminds me of Peggy’s dress with the red gores.

    • Thanks! I planned this dress before I saw this dress. I remember liking it but then forgot about it of course. I think I’ll make this pattern a few more times.
      By the way I really enjoyed your series on caring for silk at home! I didn’t know you could revitalize something that had been washed incorrectly.

  4. What cool seam details! I think Megan would wear this, actually. She’s very chic (being half french and all) and classic and the navy color makes it very classic looking.

  5. Hey LIz, the dress looks fantastic, it’s a great color blue on you.

  6. Very cute! Love the color and pattern you chose.

  7. This is adorable and so Peggy! Well done!

  8. Gorgeous dress, just love it well done.

    • Thanks, Kazz! Btw, the green hat in your profile pic has made me all kinds of jealous these last few months. Gorgeous, gorgeous color :)

  9. I love it in navy. Looks fab. But Kelly green would be kinda awesome. Once you have both you can mix n match. Kelly green and Navy are so nice together. What about lining your navy coat in a kelly green print?

  10. That’s a great idea! Greens suitable for lining are much easier to find. With as popular as green is becoming in fashion, I would think I’d be able to find something for the dress soon! The quest continues.

  11. This looks great in the navy and navy makes it a classic! I agree though, the Kelly green would be awesome. The right green will come along one day :-)

  12. Wear did you get that cropped argyle sweater? It and your dress are cuteness. Oh! And there’s a brooch. Brilliant.