1920s | 1930s | Dresses

Re-Creating My Grandmother’s Dress – Gatsby 2018

By on October 5, 2018

Every year the Art Deco Society of California puts on the The Gatsby Summer Afternoon. This Gatsby Event is the highlight of my year, as far as vintage events go, and this year was no exception. The weather was perfect (high 70 degrees and breezy), the picnics were exquisite and the company eclectic and entertaining.

For this year’s ensemble, I chose to replicate a look that my grandmother wore (see photo above) in one of her modeling photos. I’ve admired this dress for years and have not quite had the nerve to re-create it until now. That front neck detail with the capelet and ruching really had me flummoxed.

When I mentioned, on Instagram that this was my plan, Deirdre from Vintage Pattern Lending Library suggested I use one of her patterns to start and then she sent it to me! How lucky am I? Thank you Deirdre! The pattern was a perfect jumping off point and it really took the pressure off to have a pattern to start from.

I’m pretty pleased with the overall look, considering, in the end, I only had about a week to pull it off. I completed the ensemble with me-made purse, hat and jewelry. There are a few changes I would make, given the time and inclination (neckline wider and capelet longer in the back). Overall, though, I’m pretty happy with the whole look.

To read the complete post, see pattern adaptations and more pictures from the event, please visit my blog.

Thanks and Happy Sewing!

xo – Jennifer

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Speakeasy Dress

By on May 3, 2014
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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Gatsby Dress

By on December 28, 2013

Gatsby Dress by SewsNBows

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.

Gatsby Dress by SewsNBows

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!

Gatsby Dress | SewsNBows

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!

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1920s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Quick 1920s Dress for a Lawn Party

By on July 30, 2013

Hello all,
A very quick post today to show you a very quick project. Here is my 1920s dress that I wore to the Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Castle Hill, in Ipswich, Mass.


My dress was quickly thrown together in the days leading up to the event. I actually finished sewing the belt and sash in the car on the way to the event. I used a 1920s pattern from my collection but shortened it significantly. I also left off the collar, and added a large box pleat to each side of the dropped waist. The belt and sash were a last minute add on, the dress would have been waaaay too plain without them. I used a vintage buckle on the sash and a little brown bow at the front for a bit of extra detail.


I used my vintage wave clips to style my hair, which didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped so I kept my hat on all day. 🙂 The event was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better day! The classic cars and beautiful grounds offered many picture opportunities. There are more pictures posted on my blog.


Pattern – vintage 1920s Pictograf 2102
Fabric – Linen blend and cotton both from the stash
Buckle – Also from the stash
Total cost – Basically nothing. I think I paid around $12.00 for the pattern but it’s been so long I can’t remember.
Where again? – Probably not. I don’t think this is the most flattering look for me so I will most likely sell this one at some point. If anyone is interested feel free to email me vintagevisions27@gmail.com

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