Well, the day (Art Deco Society of California’s) of the Preservation Ball arrived and I was prepared! This year’s theme was Death on The Nile (the Agatha Christie Murder Mystery) with a focus on Egyptian Revival of the Art Deco era. I was lucky to be gifted some beautiful fabric, salvaged vintage trims and good luck at Britex for the finishing touches to my gown and headband. Thanks also to Barbara Mooney at Daisy’s, here in Alameda, for lending me the PERFECT necklace and pointing me to some wonderful coordinating earrings (in her shop) that I will treasure for years to come.
In the end, I’m happy with the final look. My foundation garment worked well on the dress form so that I could drape my gown to my measurements, however, did not work under the dress when I was wearing it. It still needs some modifications to the cups and the straps showed. Fitting can be a challenge sometimes and often requires multiple fittings (which I did not do this time – ugh). I ended up wearing a 1920’s-style corset that I made two years ago. It’s strapless and gave me the right silhouette.
Below are some photos of the process by which I created this dress – Draping the fabric directly on the dress form. For a more in-depth view of my process including inspiration, sketches and step-by-step photos, visit my blog posts here, here, here & here