I am also on the Hobart Manor Revitalization Committee, where we work to maintain and improve the Manor. Our latest project is a video tour, and I was chosen to star in the video tour because I researched and wrote the material for our regular tours. And, what could be more fun, than wearing a historically accurate dress in a historic mansion?
I had just a few weeks to prepare, and knew that a Victorian or Edwardian outfit would be impossible during that time. I chose to make a 1920s evening dress, to capture the atmosphere of the Manor on a night it was entertaining. I also wanted to submit this dress as a late entry to the Historical Sew Fortnightly All That Glitters Challenge.
I wanted something quick and easy, and started by looking at Festive Attyre's 1920's one-hour dress pattern. I love Jen Thompson's dress, but felt bad for wanting to recreate it exactly. I searched my 1920s Fashion Pinterest board for inspiration, looking to modify her pattern. I then looked through several auction sites, and found what I thought was the dress.
|Velvet and chiffon dress (left), via Augusta Auctions|
I had a lovely dark, mauve-ish pink polyester satin in my stash, which could be the underdress. I ordered this Black Rose Burnout Velvet from FashionFabricsClub.com for $5.75 a yard, what I thought to be a bargain. However, after receiving it, I realized that the pile of the velvet flowers was very short and shiny, and the ground of the fabric was like an open mesh. I purchased a polyester black satin to line this piece.
|Black Rose Burnout Velvet, fashionfabricsclub.com|
|Mauve poly satin, from the stash|
I tried searching through period sewing manuals, assuming they would contain easy dress designs for the home sewer. Midvale Cottage Post has a series of posts taken from a period book by Ruth Wyeth Spears. Seriously, there are embroidery and beading designs, tutorials for silk flowers, appliques, and cloche hats, and many ways to easily embellish a straight, "one-hour" style dress! Perfect!
|"Back Drapery in Cascade Effect Trims this Graceful Costume"|
My next posts will show my experience with Ruth Wyeth Spears' pattern, and my final beaded 1920s dress!
Have you ever used simple drapery as the focal point of a garment?