How about some eyecandy because I am tired of the refrain about homework taking up my sewing time. So after a “discussion” with Lisa, ( who has an awesome blog for you to check out), about the 1 hour dress, I have been thinking about my foray into 20’s outfits.
I love the clothes from the 20’s but they do not love my hourglass figure. I know that women in the 20’s had hourglass figures, but the styles make me look more than a tad dumpy. Of course, that wont stop me from loving and wearing the styles. In fact, I have a 20’s dress brewing in my imagination.
This 20’s dress, I adapted from a 1926 pattern, is one of the first dresses I ever completed. Note, I said completed not started. I finished it last August.
It is loosely based on a 1920’s pattern I own. I changed up the sleeves, they were supposed to be cap sleeves but I like bell sleeves so there I go. Also, there was no waist band, so added that in because I thought it worked with the stripes. The front bodice of the pattern was a lapped front which I though would be lost with the stripes. I am sure there were more changes I made but I am blanking right now. Oh yeah, how about matching the stripes up....sheesh.
Now, almost a year later, there is so much I would do differently. The sleeves have pleats in them because I could not figure out how to set in a sleeve and get rid of the ease. Also, I would finish the neckline differently. I would still use bias binding but have it hidden rather than as an element. I think I will increase the darts.
This is a dress to slip over the head: no closures whatsoever (which may be why I did finish it). It is sewn entirely with French seams as is the accompanying slip made of china silk. However, I have no clue where that slip might be!
It is nice to know that I have advanced as a sewist.