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.
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!
I missed the Great Gatsby Challenge but couldn’t stop thinking about making a Daisy inspired dress. I loved all the colours Casey Mulligan wore in the movie and had some pinky prints and solids in my stash. I used the Burdastyle double layer dress pattern I had already assembled for my Downton dress but this time without adding a sash so it was more flapper-esque. Here is one of the gorgeous costumes I was inspired by, but you can see more at my blog thehollywoodsew.com
I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 7041:
I made the one-piece with scoop back, using some lightly textured, black swimwear fabric and matching white fabric for a contrast belt. The repro is a B38, so I needed to grade it down to fit me. I didn’t alter the length of the shorts, only the belt and straps. I added white topstitching along the top and bottom edges of the bodice, with contrasting black topstitching on the white belt.
My wife took some photos of me in the suit at Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion in Toronto’s west end. Worn with a coverup, it’s almost indistinguishable from a playsuit:
I was able to cheat and sew the 1″ buttons directly through the straps:
And yes, you can swim in it! I’m considering making the low-backed view in a lighter swimwear fabric for next summer… I’ve posted more details at my blog, PatternVault.
In Australia October is known in many vintage circles as Frocktober. It’s a chance to wear a Frock every day of the month & raise money & awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It was started by two fabulous Swing dancers.
This year my aim was to go Vintage every time I left the house & raise $1000.
I’m just shy of my target, but I promise to wear my 1950’s style wedding dress tomorrow if I get there.
Here’s a taste of what I’ve worn
Luckily I am a costume designer & was able to borrow back a whole stack of dresses I’ve made from about 10 years of school productions, plus a few from my own personal collection.
I think after this I might be doing a regular vintage outfit every week. it’s been a blast.