Monday, April 22, 2013

MadMen Sewing Challenge #2: The Peggy Dress

A brief review of how this dress came to be:
- I decided to draft this kimono sleeve bodice myself out of necessity. I had zero money to spend on a new pattern but I did have a lot of free time. I explored my vintage pattern stash and discovered a '50s Simplicity dress pattern with a pleated skirt that fit with just a little bit of downgrading as well as a '50's kimono sleeve topper jacket pattern. I used my Colette Peony bodice pattern as a kind of sloper which I traced and drafted muslin #1.

- The next day I reworked the fit and attempted underarm gussets to help alleviate some of the shoulder wrinkling. I wound up with a pretty good muslin #2. If you follow my instagram you may have seen me hyperventilating over the magical alignment of my bodice darts with the skirt pleats and seams. I still cannot believe that a self-drafted bodice just magically aligned with my skirt pattern!
- For my final garment I used a red and green Pendleton cotton. I nixed the underarm gussets because I couldn't figure out how to create a lining (though I didn't end up lining the dress) and because I was generally afraid of a plaid disaster. I rushed on the construction of my mandarin colar and there are a few imperfections, but all in all I adore this dress! It's such a classic '60s style yet it fits more like a '50s housewife dress. 

My Peggy Dress won 4th in a costume contest at The Gypsy!
They made all the finalists dance for a whole song in front of the entire bar. Good thing the twist is an easy dance move! Plus the 3 old-fashioneds helped. 
I loved that lady's teal dress and her hair. I had my hair done up as well, but didn't get a good shot. 
Doesn't that lady's dress remind you of the picture in Roger Sterling's office??
Bib construction:
I went with a side zipper but then couldn't figure out how to fit my head through the mandarin collar. I decided not to cut the bodice front on the fold as I had done with my muslins, that way I could create an opening that could be hidden with the bib. This is the same bodice construction as My Martha Dress.
I made a backing out of a silk/cotton blend with lovely drape, then hand sewed a polyester ribbon on, working my way up from the bottom.
There is a hook and eye closure and a snap. I feel like this was pretty ingenious if I do say so myself! I mean, Peggy's is better but I did what I could.
Bias Tape finish on hemline and sleeves:
Plaid Matching and Dart Matching:
Ya win some ya lose some, am I right? I think I'd like a thin black belt to wear with this in the future. 
The Final Product:
I love the back even more than the front! Is that weird?
Thanks for the excuse to smoke!
Seriously, I don't feel this pretty very often so I'm just gonna post these vanity shots. Sorry if it is self-indulgent but... its my blog! I do what I want!
Twist and Shout!
 
Ok, NOW I can get to work on some contemporary patterns. Phew!

19 comments:

  1. Great dress! I love the plaid. I have a plan to make a plaid dress as well but haven't gotten to it yet. Too many projects in the queue! You look beautiful in these shots by the way!

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    1. Thanks! I've been on a bit of a plaid bender lately, I'm trying NOT to sew with it now :P

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  2. So very cute! I love what you've done with your hair.

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    1. Thanks! It kind of has a life of it's own, haha

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  3. This dress is so cute! I really love it and that was so clever to hide the neck opening with the bib.

    Also I think you look lovely, so post as many pictures as you like!

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  4. Wow! That is fantastic! I have some plaids in my stash, but I haven't used them yet... too afraid! After seeing yours, I want to try.

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  5. Oh my goodness that dress is amazing! Great work :)

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  6. You and your dress are so cute! Great job drafting the bodice pattern!

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  7. I love this dress, you did a great job. It's absolutly beautiful!!!

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  8. You and the dress look amazing! Fantastic job!

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  9. Hi Rachel,

    I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! I love reading your blog and find your projects very inspiring. I hope you'll play along and share some of your favourite up and coming blogs too.

    http://www.mabelmakes.com/2013/04/the-liebster-award/

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  10. Yay! You can shoot as many pictures as you want, because your dress is fabulous and you look divine! Love everything about this dress, you can be very proud of it!

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  11. Nice dress, I love the plaid.
    Now, you have a new reader on your blog Rachel and I love your blog as well. Warm greeting from Velvet Ribbon,http://velvetribbonsew.blogspot.com/

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