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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Peggy dress success!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a request looking for pattern help to recreate the Peggy dress on a recent episode of Mad Men.  I received a lot of suggestions and was able to find a few patterns to help me on my way.  In the end, I decided to try Simplicity 5086.

I had to upsize the pattern a bit and as it was a vintage pattern in a smaller size, so it was my first time using Swedish tracing paper.  So exciting! I'm in love with the stuff and can't wait to use it on more patterns.  I traced the vintage pattern and then enlarged the pattern on muslin.  Sense and Sensibility's 'How to Resize a Pattern' article was a lifesaver!  Elegant Musing's Vintage Primer was also helpful in getting me ready to work with my first vintage pattern.

Tracing the pattern on the Swedish tracing paper.

I'm almost done with the dress and am looking forward to the final result.  I'm just working through the red pleats and then I'll be attaching the skirt... More to come!

Just a peek for now...


  1. That's fantastic - the pattern illustration even looks like Peggy! I can't wait to see the finished dress :)

  2. Oooh can't wait to see it, that's my favourite Peggy dress. I'm also interested to read how you got on with your vintage pattern and Swedish tracing paper - I'm just about to embark on both for the first time! Keep up the good work. x

  3. The swedish tracing paper is amazing! I highly recommend it and can't believe I waited so long to finally get it. A great sub for muslin if you don't have to make a ton of changes to the pattern. I used it, and then used muslin to upsize but only because of the changes I had to make. The vintage pattern on the other hand... well we have a love hate relationship, but I'm trying to deal with it. ;)

  4. wonderful pattern - will be glad to see what you come out with!

  5. How exciting! Can't wait to see the finished result. I'd never heard of Swedish tracing paper until recently and now I keep reading about it everywhere. Must make some enquiries about what it does that my Burda tracing paper can't do!

  6. I love clothes with gussets. It took me a while to figure out how to sew them, but once I learned I wanted to gusset everything!


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