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.
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.
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.