Last week I blogged about all the stuff I wanted to get finished for Art Deco Weekend. I didn’t get everything I wanted done, and that wasn’t all a bad thing – it turns out that evening gowns aren’t really a great idea for street dancing in sweaty heat (actually, street dancing and sweaty heat aren’t a good idea either, alone or together).
One thing I did finish was my floral chiffon 1930s dress.
It’s made from Excella E3137, one of my vintage patterns. I made it up without the hip ruffles, because really, hip ruffles?
I’ll do a proper review of the pattern in a bit, once I finish the dress properly.
I mean, it’s finished properly (rolled hems, French seams & double sewn seams), but I’m not happy with it. Somehow it just looks uninteresting. Somehow I failed to notice that except for those hip ruffles it’s just a sack with quirky seaming. And the quirky seaming doesn’t even show with the print! Maybe it needs those hip ruffles after all! So I’m going to take it apart just a little and see if I can’t give it some flair. Any suggestions?
So the dress as you are seeing it now is Little Bit of Red dress V.1.
And when I feel like fussing with silk chiffon again, I’ll pull it apart, and we’ll have V.2 . Almost as good as a new dress!
Uninteresting or not, it was lovely to wear on a sweltering Sunday in Napier. It kept me nice and cool, the breeze blew the chiffon about, I ran about on the beach and sat on the gravel and took pictures and even got in a dance or two.
And went in the fountain again:
In fact, I even drove home in it, all the way to Wellington!
So what do you think? Are the fabric and a belt enough to make it interesting, if not spectacular? Or do you have a brilliant suggestion for spicing it up?