‘Happiness’ – 1916 Tea Dress. Well, INSPIRED by Happiness… :)

by silverstah

in 1910s

Well, it’s not an exact reproduction – but it’s definitely inspired by Happiness!

This was constructed for the character of Cinderella in a local production of ‘Into the Woods’.  Rather than go traditional Renaissance-esque fairy tale, I decided to set my upper classes in a vaguely Edwardian/Victorian look.  I’ve always LOVED the Lucile ‘Happiness’ dress, designed by Lady Duff-Gordon, and thought it would make a great “ball gown” for Cinderella.

Done in silver silk duiponi with applied gold lace, old-gold embroidered polyester, sheer gold net lace, and gold Venise lace trim.  Lavender silk duiponi for the cummerbund. The silver skirt and net bodice are removable, so the gold underdress can be used for a cute little 50′s-esque dress by itself.  If I can get my pinking sheers to work, I’d like to add a layer of self-fabric pleated trim around the silver skirt to give it a little more texture – but my pinking shears are just eating through the silk.  Don’t know if it’s because they’re crappy pinking shears (probably) or if they just don’t like the silk.

The net was surprisingly easy to work with, and I was super glad I had enough that I could make good use of the scalloped edge for the front of the bodice.

 

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Foster January 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Absolutely lovely. Gorgeous work.

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silverstah January 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Thank you so much!

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Stephanie January 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

How lovely! I love In to the Woods!

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A.J.A. January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

What a beautiful dress! I love the layers of color and trim!

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Rebekah January 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I just saw this dress on pinterest and I went on a hunt to find where the photo originated. So beautiful! I’m jealous!

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