In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald …obv
And so the story of this dress began. Although, this dress has nothing to do with the above quote, aside from the fact that it was for a Gatsby themed night. It’s a fairly good quote for any time though so it seemed as good a way to start as any other. And it’s been a while since I started a blog post, so I needed something to get me going. No worries there though, apparently I’m quickly back to my usual rambling form.
This was originally going to be my entry for the Simplicity Star Sewist competition. I finished in time and everything, but then realised I couldn’t post pictures anywhere as the dress was for a surprise hen night theme and I didn’t want to be the one to ruin the secret.
I photographed it anyway and, now the hen night has been, I can finally reveal all.
My intention was to make a 1920s inspired dress that I could also wear casually. That ruled out all the tasselled, beaded dresses, which would have been amazing, but far too time consuming and definitely not ‘picnic practical’. (And yes, that is a new thing that I’ve just invented and will now be my gauge as to whether I should make something. If I can sit on the grass and eat cake in it, then it’s a winner!)
I used New Look 6145. I can’t remember what size I made it, but I do remember choosing to make it so that the finished measurements were fairly loose around the waist especially.
I made the shift dress much shorter than intended and then attached a circle skirt to make a drop waisted flapper-esque dress.
The fabric is a super drapey viscose or something from the Rag Market in Birmingham. It’s so soft and comfortable and I love the colour.
We got all glammed up for our murder mystery and it was all great fun…until I turned out to be the bad guy. Oops.
This dress was so easy to make – hopefully I can find ways to wear it that don’t look too costumey. Any tips?