I ran out of time to post about the finished Vionnet chiton dress before Pompeii to Paris (though I did post about the initial construction), so I feel it is well time you got a proper catch up.
The really fabulous thing about making the chiton dress was that the inspiration frock practically came with a pattern. There was a picture of it laid out flat:
And an image of Vionnet’s original design sketch, showing how she envisioned it looking on a model:
And finally, an image of the surviving original dress on a mannequin:
Between these three images it was very easy to calculate the approximate dimensions of the original dress, and cut out a reasonable replica from vintage kimono crepe:
Two hours of picot edging and darning stitch to join the pieces later, I had a dress:
It fits me very snugly (very modern, it shows off what a great bottom I have), Isabella the mannequin like a glove, and itsy-bitsy petite Anna in a perfectly period, slightly loose 1920s style.
The dress was so easy I’m thinking of making another one that is proper ’20s’ size on me. In other words – 4 sizes larger than what I usually wear!