Speakeasy Dress

by sharpscissors on May 3, 2014 · 6 comments

in 1920s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

My outfit including my wool coat with fluffy fox fur collar and a fake bob which took more effort than the dress.

I recently went to a prohibition night at the Police and Justice Museum in Sydney, Australia. They had turned the museum into a speakeasy with heaps of fun activities, music and performances. Of course they encouraged 1920′s and 30′s dress and so I “whipped up” (because it’s that easy) a flapper dress. I found a gorgeous light satin in green and bought the longest black fringing I could find. I used a 1970′s (Simplicity 8750) bias slip pattern but left out the main darts to have that loose silhouette and added two rows of fringing on the bottom.

I also tied the Best Dressed competition so I’m very happy.

I had forgotten how fantastic bias cut is to wear and am very tempted to make more bias cut garments. I’m hoping to have a few more photos on my Instagram: http://instagram.com/sharpscissors from the night soon.

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Barbara May 3, 2014 at 4:51 am

Lovely dress, sounds like a great night.


sharpscissors May 4, 2014 at 1:43 am

Thank you! Yes it was a fantastic night :)


ohsewdarling May 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

1920′s/30′s is my favourite for fashion and I absolutely love this! You really suit it too.


sharpscissors May 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

I’ve always stuck to the 1950′s but 20′s was a lot of fun, I think I’ll have to dabble a bit more in it. Thank you!!


EmeraldErin May 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

You look fantastic- the dress and all the styling, quite a look! Sounds like you had a great time too!


sharpscissors May 4, 2014 at 1:47 am

Aw thank you! Haha I’m certainly not used to that styling but it was fun and definitely a great night.


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