Sunday, November 22, 2015
Getting very near to completion on the Downton Dress. Progress has been somewhat impeded by my new (but terrific) job. Here are some pictures of the embellishments so far. I don't want to add anything else until my friend tries it on and we get those beautiful bakelite clasps on.
So, now completely enamored with 1920s style, I decided to give the famous "One Hour Dress" a try. The instructions are pretty ubiquitously available online. This is a Mary Brooks Pickens design created as "a smart, up-to-the-minute dress" which could be cut out, sewn and be ready to wear within an hour! Now, let's be real. For the seamstress of that era, who knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish, this may have been possible. However, I can say without a doubt, I've spent more than an hour so far. I made my dress from a recycled bedspread.
This was a fussy, dry clean only bedspread my mom had been using just a few years ago. I cut the dress per the measurements and instructions of Ms. Pickens. I added a little pleat detail at the left hip.
It is coming out very nicely. I just have to decide how to finish the sleeves and I will be done! I admit that I took advantage of hems already placed for the bedspread. Unfortunately, there is some sun fading on the fabric, so I will probably consider this one a wearable muslin and make more. It was incredibly easy and fun!
A cloche hat and some period correct shoes and I'll be all set! Have you tried the "One Hour Dress"? Please let me know about your results in the comments!