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I’m Peggy Olson the new girl


My original Mad Men dress plans have to be put on hold since I’m taking an impromptu trip to visit my mom in NY for a week or two. Now I have to finish the Mad Men Sewing Challenge project before the end of this week and I really don’t want to rush the pink dress and risk ruining it.

So here’s plan B!


Peggy has always been my favorite character on Mad Men ever since her very first appearance on the show. This Peggy, “Peggy the New Girl”, is my absolute favorite version of her character. I wish she would have stayed with this look for longer.




Given my new time restrains, here’s the new plan: a simple 4 gore skirt with a lapped side zipper. Much more likely to get finished before the end of the week! Plus, I really would like to add more simple “staple” skirts (like this one) to my wardrobe. After taking Sunni’s free zipper class on Craftsy I installed my best zipper EVER, and now lapped zippers are my new favorite! No, seriously! I never want to do another kind of zipper besides lapped zippers ever again.

I have a yellow sweater that’s similar to the one Peggy is wearing in this look, so now I just need to come up with the skirt, the kitten heels, and a little black bow for my hair. I think I can do it.

I will definitely be making the pink Peggy dress in the future, but I really need to take my time with it and get the perfect fit. A dress as amazing as that deserves my 100% undivided attention.

Speaking of Mad Men, did you see the season 6 premiere yet? Honestly I was disappointed. The characters are becoming increasingly unlovable and the near 70’s costumes are not helping. (After the late 50’s I start to lose interest in fashion.) I’m going to keep watching because I’m so invested in the show, and I’m hoping for a Peggy come-back! But as for the rest of it… um, what the what?!


Happy Tuesday,






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  • Amen to Sunni’s zipper class and only wanting to do lapped zippers forevermore. Just checked the class out tonight and installed the zipper on, coincidentally, my Mad Men dress. Sunni saves the day.
    Your Plan B outfit is going to be amazing. Can’t wait to see.
    Safe travels, Rochelle!!

  • Julia Diamente

    I love your plan B! Can’t wait to see it! I have always loved Peggy 🙂

  • I was wondering how they’d do the fashion part in Mad Men. They sped along too quickly, I think – the late 60s/70s stuff just makes it look goofy. I guess when you have child actors you can’t go too slowly, haha. Love Peggy but I’m also in love with Joan.

  • Sarah

    I have to be honest….I cannot stand Mad Men!! I love the early 60’s looks, but the attitudes and social conventions make my skin crawl!!

    I am, however, very much looking forward to seeing your Peggy the New Girl outfit, as well as that gorgeous pink shirtwaist!!

  • You know I have never watched this show but when it first started more than one person said that character reminds them of me a lot. I’m kind of scared to watch it and find out what that means … haha

  • Debbie Sessions

    Lol, looks like we alll agree post 50s fashion just started to go downhill. I am somewhat interest in the early 60s until we see hot pink and green on everything. 70s yuck. We wont even go there. Im still in last season. Not impressed with the show anymore but i watch for the clothes anyways.

  • Jessica Cangiano

    Yes, I completely wish she would have stuck with that classic late 50s/very start of the 60s look for longer as well. They swept her out of far too quickly for my liking (glad to see I’m not the only one who has thought about this before :)).

    Hope you have a safe, wonderful trip to your mom’s.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Christina Bowles

    I just started watching Mad Men to get inspired for the sewing challenge (a little late in the game, I know) and I agree about Peggy’s sweet look. Love it. Also, can’t wait to eventually see the pink dress 🙂

  • Red Point Tailor

    I will wait for next year challeg (if any) I am too late this year – pity…

  • Christi Polk

    Betty’s comments were awful and crazy. 🙁 Not enough Joan, and late 60’s thanks. But I’ll still be watching lol.
    Also: Great new plan. I liked her earlier outfits as well. But can’t wait to see the pink gingham dress! 🙂

  • You’ll turn it out, I’m sure of it. I happen to adore this look. The style of a great sweater/skirt set is classic.

  • The show has always been a bit “loud” but it’s almost getting a little too offensive for my taste. The Betty comment really put me off. And Don… I just don’t know where they’re going with all this! It’s crazy.

    • I’m not super surprised at betty’s comments (that doesn’t mean I wasn’t disgusted). That woman has no idea what a healthy sexual relationship with anyone is. I mean look at her creepy Glen interactions!

  • I think your new plan is great! Plus you’ll be adding a wardrobe staple with the skirt, so it’s totally worth it.

    Could you believe the ending of the first episode??!?! Don!

    • Thanks!
      I can’t believe ANY of it!!! Especially Betty’s insane comments? What?!

  • Colleen

    I recorded it but haven’t watched it which says a lot because I used to BUY it on iTunes the day after it played. I, too, have such character fatigue. I mean, can I stand another season of Don being bored with his life and staring into space or drinking or sleeping in his office and hounding another woman?

    No. I might not be able to. And I REFUSE TO LIVE THROUGH THE 70s TWICE!!! Once was horrible enough.

    • Haha! Colleen that’s too funny. If they take the show into the 80’s then there’s NO WAY I’ll even attempt to watch the show anymore. Eww!!

  • So I have to admit here: everyone and their brother always asks Mel and I if we watch Mad Men, and we always say no. I usually say it’s because since they do it year by year I knew my interest in the clothing would dwindle quickly. lol

    I love lapped zippers! I’ve gotten my technique down pretty well but since it occasionally warbles, I’m still totally planning to take Sunni’s class at some point soon!

    But anyway– I love your new plan! I think that makes a lot of sense given your time constraint, and who doesn’t need more basic skirts in their closet (um, I totally do too). And I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip!

    • Honestly, there’s no point in getting into Mad Men now if you’re not already invested lol. Buuuuttttt, there’s still time to get into Call The Midwife wink wink WINK 😉 Don’t let the babies scare you. If anything it’s great for people who don’t like babies (…not that I know anyone who doesn’t like them bahaha) because it does NOT glorify babies at all in any way. And the clothes and characters are incredible. PBS can do no wrong!

      • Christi Polk

        Yes! Call the Midwife is excellent. I’m addicted 🙂 Another new fav is Bomb Girls (Season 1 is on Netflix now I believe)

        • lol to Rochelle! 😉

          And I have had my DVR taping Bomb Girls since it started but have yet to watch it– I’m definitely catching up at some point! 🙂

        • I just finished season one of call the mid wife and am going to start bomb girls this weekend. I’m stoked!

  • I love mad men, but almost all the season openers have been slow for me. Nothing really happens until the end of the season. To be fair 68′ was a pretty dark year, so they’re setting the tone. Mad men is just one of those shows that always seems better if you watch the entire thing in one big go.

    The fashions though can be pretty horrible. The 70’s just isn’t my bag. Although some of the mid 60’s stuff has been growing on me.

    • Colleen

      And, yes, Paige. I meant to say in the above diatribe that they do always start off slow and pick up as the season progresses…..

    • I didn’t think the first episode was slow, if anything I was left thinking what just happened?! lol It was almost too many weird things introduced at once. We’ll see. As I said, I’ll still watch it. But yeah, that whole 60’s/70’s look/lifestyle is so not my thing.

  • K-Line

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I LOVE Mad Men but I actually stopped watching half way through. The season premiere did not compel me at all. And it’s largely cuz those 60s fashions don’t do it for me, the way the 50s ones did. It’s all starting to look vaguely kitschy.