Finished! The Dress That Nearly Killed Me.

If you bothered to read the Preface, you know that I was laboring under crippling caffeine withdrawal while working on this dress, so go easy on me.

I thought I took more progress pictures of this dress, but I think I ended up getting so frustrated along the way I just forgot.  I also want to give credit where it is due and without the tremendous work done by Witness2Fashion, I don’t know if I would have actually finished this project.  I trolled every post on 1920’s undergarments in order to cobble together one of my own, and while it still needs a ton of work, I still consider it to be one of the few successes of this project.

Allow me to offer the usual disclaimer, I am not a model!

I saw a picture of this dress in a listing on Etsy for the pattern. Here’s the link if you’re curious.  All I could think about was that little scalloped detail on the front.  The price of the pattern was much more than I could afford so after days of going back and forth, I thought to myself, “huh, how hard could it be?”  and decided to just drape it myself.  To be fair, everything went fairly smoothly with the toile. I wasn’t until I started cutting out pieces from the rayon I had on hand that this started to get frustrating.  I had yards and yards of white rayon hiding in my stash, and I am trying to use up my stash before I have to move.  I guess I’ve never sewn rayon before, cuz damn that was frustrating.

If nothing else, I am glad that my favorite part of the dress came out okay!

I spent days just making little test runs of these little scallops.  I wanted them to turn out just right!  I ended up going with bias tape cut out from the black contrast fabric.  They may not be absolutely perfect, but I couldn’t be happier with this part!

Now that I have a little distance from this project, I’m able to see it for what it is, rather than the bundle of frustration and agony that it was to make.  I may even wear this one on an outing!  It is comfortable, if a little heavy, and I love how my little corselette makes it hand just right.  It’s another decade to hand up in my closet, which is a nice little accomplishment.  Don’t worry, I am by no means discouraged by the 1920s!  I am already planning my next Deco dress.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily Kitsch says:

    Oh WOW! This dress is fantastic! I’m so happy you pressed on and finished it, even though the rayon was a major pain! I LOVE how this dress looks and the amount of time and attention to detail that obviously went into it is just mind blowing! There are so many cool details and features to marvel over and I can’t stop looking at the pictures! And the fact that you draped it yourself! DAMN GIRL! 😀 Picture me giving you a standing ovation right now, because it’s totally what I’m doing! 🙂

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    1. I am so glad you like it! You always do such a good job on your projects, it means a lot to hear such high praise from you!

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      1. Emily Kitsch says:

        Aww, thank you! That means so much to me! Everything you sew is always so amazing and you’re such a huge inspiration to me! Every time I see you’ve posted one of your projects I get so excited! 🙂 I wish I had even a quarter of your talent!

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  2. Elena says:

    That dress was worth it! 😀 I can see how draping would be the right technique for this model – so much more effective than “flat” pattern drafting. May be that’s why I shy away from 1920s… that and also because my curvy hourglass figure doesn’t fit into that decade – I would need a supersqueezer corset for my “out” bits. 😮
    Great job! And the dress suits you – that’s very important! Love the scallops and the belt coming through. That’s some wrap dress!!

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  3. runsewread says:

    That is a seriously complicated set of features. Good job you! It looks amazing!

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  4. OMG this is so cute! What a fun and unique dress. The scallop details are great. Good job! This is my first intro to your blog so hello! I’ll have to check out more. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it!


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