1920s Dress for the Great Gatsby Challenge!

by Kristin on June 3, 2013 · 19 comments

in 1920s,Dresses,Hats,Vintage Sewing

For the Great Gatsby challenge, I made a draped dress from a 1924 publication. The instructions were surprisingly easy, though it was challenging not having enough of my gorgeous silk chicken fabric.

I also decided to also make a hat and a brooch to tie the whole look together. The hat is from Simplicity 1736, view E.

More photos are over on my blog!

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OnePerfectDay June 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Love it!
The dress, the hat, the whole look!


Erika June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

You totally nailed this look! VERY cute!


Katherine June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Silk chicken fabric just made it to the top of my shopping list. Where on earth did you find it?


Catherine Alekna June 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I thought it was a typo and you meant to say silk Chiffon. But then I looked and of course there are chickens! how wonderful! wherever did you find that? And you looking every part the flapper btw! great work


PepperReed June 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Gorgeous!! and I love the hat and the fabric, too!


manicpop11 June 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Love love love the chicken fabric! The shape is great too!


Annie June 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

This is gorgeous. Love the fabric, hat – everything!


BobbinBombshell June 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Great fun! Love it!


mariebayarea June 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

You’re a doll. I adore this whole look. Swoon…that hat makes me so happy.


Deb June 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

This turned out lovely! It really suits you well. And where *did* you find silk chicken fabric?


tanyamaile June 4, 2013 at 7:56 am

I love it!


sati5000 June 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thanks, everyone! I found the chicken fabric at my local fabric store in Queens – and they were almost out so I grabbed the last 1.25 yards to make this.

I actually tried looking online for some more fabric to make a bigger dress, sleeves, etc, but I had no luck. I’ll post if I run across any more!


Patrice June 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

I want chicken silk too!


Anthea June 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Wow, great fabric! And great 20s dress! Well done!


EmSewCrazy June 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

How fun! Great 20s look and and I love the chicken print. The hat is very nice too. Great job putting a whole outfit together.


LadyD June 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Looks fab. Love the matching accessories too.


Tina June 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Really, really cute! Good job on the fabric, the sewing and putting it altogether with the accessories!


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