Considering that I don't normally resonate with straight, boxy shapes, I knew I really needed to explore some designs that would be true to the era and flattering to my pear shaped/hour-glassy curves. With the help of my mother, another excellent visualizer, I decided that a couple patterns from Past Patterns would be flattering and simple enough for me to take on as my first 1920's dress. With a style this unfamiliar to my sewing knowledge, I need a base to start from rather than drafting my entire pattern.
Did you know the album to Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and some song clips are available on Spotify? How utterly divine.
Queue the Miss Fisher Theme Song!
Though I must say in addition to the theme song, Positively Absolutely, Sad Snoop Blues, and Sailing on a Sunbeam are my favorites. I bet my Grandma's loved them too!
I chose a girl's dress pattern and a woman's evening gown. My intent is to make these into a summer sundress that could not only work as a 1920's costume, but also be wearable for an everyday 2014 summer frock.
#8721: Girl's Sleeveless Dress: Circa 1929-1930
After the body outline is in place, I begin to draw in clothes. I repeat this process, creating a new outline with every new sketch. It just feels right to recreate my foundation. I could sketch one, photo copy it and use that as a base, but I like the practice and I'm rarely with any more materials than a pen. As you can see from my instagram post in early May, when I was travelling, all I had was the local newspaper and my pen. That didn't stop me sketching out Deer & Doe's Chataigne short on my body shape.