I’m obsessed lately with sewing (clearly by my posts!) and frankly it’s my crafty crack hobby of the quarter!
That said, my friend Heidi invited me to a 20’s themed party and I just had to make my outfit! Seems like with the learning process in sewing, it’s still more expensive to sew, than to buy (especially when the first dress sucked!) but I love the creative process and am pretty excited about how it all turned out.
First of all. I thought it would be great to use a true vintage sewing pattern. I found one on Etsy for a vintage “day dress” from the 1920’s (no longer available on etsy, so I am linking to another site that has it) It’s the “one hour day dress” from the 1920’s.
I proceeded to make this dress using recommended fabric and ric rac and the dress turned out…… HORRIBLE.. so incredibly unflattering and frumpy, I just couldn’t wear it! BLECH.. (ok, could be my novice sewing skills, but I’m blaming it on the pattern… )
I won’t even wear it for this post to take a picture, it’s that bad!
So here’s a picture of it, hanging.. SEE.. awful, boxy and just NOT a cute dress.
I was set back but determined and decided to go more “flapper” style but something different than store bought. I searched dresses on ebay and found some inspiration.. I used a bit of knowledge from the first dress and got started using these inspiration dresses I found on Ebay.
Here’s all what I gathered/made/thrifted for this outfit:
- T-strap pointy shoes were the trend in the 20’s I found an amazing pair of cream colored Stuart Weitzman t-strap shoes on eBay for $19!
- Bought some nude hose with the seam down the back.
- Found cheap costume pearls at the goodwill for $4
- Did my hair by pinning back the length (seems like nobody had long hair in the 20’s?). and used a crimping iron.. yes, ladies of the 80’s I said crimp!. those of you that are younger, it’s one of those iron’s that they call a “waver” now… you want a big
crimperwaver so you can make it look like faux “finger waves” from the 20’s.
- Golden brooch from the drug store. I didn’t want to wear a head band as I couldn’t find one that I liked on me, but you could wear the flapper hair bands.
- Made a purse out of the dress fabric and finished it off with the same fringe, and white rosettes I made, then sewed on some gold chain to tie it all in.
- White/cream gloves that match the rosettes on the purse and shoe color.
- the dress is a basic tank style dress. I measured my chest and hips and made sure I’d cut it wide enough, then added fringe on the bottom. I used elastic thread up the center (3 rows) each side seam (2 rows) and on the back center (3 rows) to give it a little better fit.
Here’s all the items!
Heidi rented a FABULOUS dress from the local vintage costume store (who knew those existed? such a cool dress she found). Here we are at the Glass Vodka Distillery launch event.