Above are the staple elements that made up my F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ outfit which is the flavour of this weeks Sew Weekly challenge. I was looking at dresses from the 1920′s and the silhouette seemed relatively simple somewhat boxy with a drop waist so I thought why spend money on a pattern, I went with the boxy and to be honest—as I’ve found out me and boxy don’t go together too well, hell I’m already slightly boxy why put another box inside another right? that aside I was really pleased with how the dress turned out and felt really confident when I slipped into it until I spied photos arr I looked like I gained 10 pounds and you know those knickers that you pull up to your eye balls to help suck in the mum’s bumps? Spanks! I think in this case they added to the problem a bit like squeezing a slightly deflated balloon in the middle and watching where the left overs sit, I mean really it either pushes your bits up or down it never holds it all in. Do you like the fabric? I do, it’s a not too stretchy lace and I chose this because of the faux fur stole I made a year ago, I think the styling meshed together rather well and screamed 1920′s. I’d like it better if it didn’t glue it’s self to my mums bumps. Ah well you win some you lose some.
I cut the bottom into scollops using a good ol fashion saucer from my cupboard —rad dressmaking tool! I then sewed the pieces in on the bias hoping for it to hang nicely, I expected it to hang better but there really wasn’t enough weight in the fabric to do so—obviously. I chose to roll hem everything for a lovely finish. The red braid that appears on the V-neck and the bottom I’ve had in my stash for years and finally found a place for it. I love it when that happens I don’t feel like such a hoarder then.
Off to meet the utterly fabulous and very talented Veronica Darling for The Great Gatsby meet-up.
We met up at the very fabulous Madame Brussels in town. The venue was gorgeous, very quirky, the interior and the staff who were dressed in tennis outfits. We loooooved it and the Melbourne weather was pleasant enough for us to reveal our shoulders. You wait till you see Veronica Darlings sleeves on her magnificent gown. OMG.
I sat on this cocktail for two hours and licked the sides of the glass when I finished. Do you do that too?
See, will you look at her gown! she made it from a bed cover using three different patterns and it is as gorgeous in real life as she is. She’s a clever gal this one.
Here we are being snapped up by the paparazzi. Kazz over here! Veronica are you ready for your close up? Oh we were the talk of the town darling.
I loved meeting Veronica Darling and hopefully one day we can meet up again and talk more on fabric and patterns and notions and stuffs. Veronica’s post is up on Sew Weekly where you can view and read all about her wonderful gown.