Although the dress came out a little short, I absolutely love it. This year, for the Christmas Tea, we went to Cairnwood Estate which is absolutely beautiful. Since it's 3 hours away from my house, I decided to take up Jess' suggestion of 1920's because, yes, driving in corsets is not easy. (Even when you now have a fabulous seat heater).
- Cream/Light Gold Dupioni Silk
- Small amounts of dusty pink silk as backing
- A small square of burnout velvet
- Pale Pink lace
- Two pale pink buttons
A few weeks ago at Stephanie's Pumpkin tea, there was a wonderful fabric destash. Carolyn added a very lovely piece of burn out velvet that looked wonderfully art deco to my eyes. It was about a square foot, maybe slightly bigger, but enough to make into a something. When I brought it home and was about to put it away, I realized it went perfectly with this pale pink lace I had out for another project and with some of the creamy light gold silk I got from the big Prism Silks/Golden Silks sale earlier this year (I think? Or was it last year?). I knew it had to be made into a 1920's dress.
Some of the inspiration:
|1920's Dress on Etsy|
I LOVED the diamonds down the front of this dress. I've seen this in a few others and wanted to replicate it. I only had enough for one diamond at the neckline with the burn out velvet accent, however.
|1920s Day Dress|
The orange dress had a keyhole accent at the neckline which made me feel comfortable of the idea of having only an accent at the neckline and not down the front of the dress.
What I did:
I made my own pattern. 1920's is very easy - it's a t-tunic with a small nip at the waist. I added material at the hip line and...pattern! Yay! I drafted my own sleeves as well.
The hard part was getting the diamond to sit properly. I sewed it down but there was still a "pinch" at the upper neckline. I covered this with a very thin bow that made the dress.
It's all machine sewn. The sides are pleated (think a t-tunic on top of a rectangle but no seam, that was the pattern) and I covered the pleat line with more of the burn out velvet to bring the dress together.
The shoes are a fabulous pair I got on Amazon for about $35. They fit perfectly (I wear an 8) and they do come in different colors. I just wanted the black and white for versatility.