This is my contribution to the second challenge in the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014, which was “Innovation”. I’ve written quite a lot about why this dress is a sign of social change in my blog, and also have pictures of my inspiration etc, you can see it here.
As most of you already know, one of the greatest satisfactions of sewing your own clothes is having a fabulous occasion for which to wear them! Such an occasion was this past New Year’s Eve, when Wild Kat hosted a glittering Prohibition Party. We even convinced our men to dress the part!
Wild Kat opted for a flapper-styled sack dress made from an original 1920s Standard New Idea pattern. She used a cream satin trimmed with embossed black velvet. For more photos and details, please see the Hometown Victory Girls blog.
I stepped away from my typical, full-skirted dress and created a classic 1930s-style. Using Vogue 1371 and a slubbed satin in peacock blue, I was quite happy with the results. More photos and dress details can be found at the Willow Homestead blog.
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!
Last Christmas, I made this flapper dress and matching head band by attaching fringe to a thrift-store dress. I was surprised how heavy the fringe was, and it difficult spacing the fringe out evenly. And I learned the silk is a pain to sew! But the dress worked out for her.
I recently got to pattern test the new Gatsby dress pattern from Heidi&Finn. It’s such an easy, fun sew! I read every post at WeSewRetro, but I rarely get to contribute. I’m sort of sneaking this one in, since it’s a modern pattern and modern fabrics! But there’s a distinctly vintage flavor to this dress that I love.
This is a child’s pattern, and I made the biggest size for Isabelle, 10/12. The fabric is crushed panne & stretch lace. That alone is pretty much a sin against vintage sewing, but I had to keep it kid friendly or it wouldn’t get worn!
I love the Grecian style fashions that were so popular in the roaring 20s! If you’d like to stop by SewsNBows to see more photos, I’d love a visit!