Thursday, December 24, 2020

A 1920s Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!! I'm delighted showcase my new 1920s dress.

This is actually my FIRST 1920s make (even though I sewed up another dress at the same time and blogged that one first--this one was actually the first make)!

I used McCall 5011, a pattern from 1928. I just loved the detailed trim of the pattern.

When my dear friend from Nepal gave me Sari fabric--I knew this would be the perfect project for it!

I used the Sari border as the contrast trim on the neckline, waistline and back bow and cuffs:

I even found the perfect 1920s hat at Fabhatrix to go with it and 1920s replica shoes from Bait Footwear.

Actually, the shoes are what started it all. I bought these shoes first and then searched through my fabric stash and found the fabric gift and then chose the pattern to match! It's all about the shoes! hahaha.

 I'm so pleased with the dress. Though I have to admit it is a bit strange to get used to the very slim sleeves of the 1920s style. One of the nice thing about sewing these styles is that they are no frills sewing--pretty straight forward and often quick projects!

We took these pictures in an area of Edinburgh called Stockbridge. It's a gorgeous residential area with lots of Georgian architecture. One of my favourite landmarks of the area is this gate from the late 1800s that led to market stalls. They took the stalls down just before the 1920s--so this gate would have looked exactly as it does now for when this dress was made. I just love the original lamp!

Did you make any holiday gifts or dresses this year? Have you ever made anything from the 1920s?

I wish you all a fabulous, restful and safe holiday season!!  I'll be catching up on a quite a few blog posts while I've got a couple of weeks off of work! I can't wait!


Photos by Darja Bilyk

Locks by Ariana at Vanity Thrills Hair


Saturday, December 5, 2020

McCall 3556: The 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' Dress

This magical dress has all my favourite things: nice colours, neat border print, 1940s ruching and flowy design.

I made this dress earlier this year (catching up on my blogging) using McCall 3556: 

I bought this fabric on a recent trip to Malaysia. The fabric stores had the BEST border print dress fabrics and I was immediately drawn to this colourway:

I decided to use some of the border print on the bodice and just love the effect of the colours!

Overall, I really love the design of the pattern. Though I think the bodice ruching would only work well with a somewhat lightweight drapy fabric--which is what I ended up using. The only think I might change in future iterations is to bring the waist up just a bit on the dress. Though I might make a belt to match.

We took these photos in the glasshouse at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and I love how it looks like a tropical hideaway: 

And of course, I'm wearing matching What Katie Did purple seamed stockings and grey Bait Footwear shoes. I also found a fantastic matching flower for my hair!

I can't wait to travel to tropical destinations again! It's been so weird not to travel at all this year. But the silver lining was being able to discover more of my backyard and see things locally.

What about you? Where's the first place you want to travel to when you can?
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