All posts tagged: 1920s

A 1910s-20s hat re-fashion

A 1910s-20s hat re-re-re-re-make

Welcome to a long, involved story about how a hat went through many design permutations before it finally became a lovely thing that I enjoy wearing! I originally (all the way back in April 2017…) started out wanting to make this Lily Elsie mushroom hat to wear with my Miss Muffet dress: I began with a fairly generic straw sunhat I’d found at an op shop. I soaked it and re-shaped it over a hat-block and towels to get that mushroom shape. Somewhere there are photos of the process, but I just can’t find them. Update: I have found one of the original re-shaping photos! The curved-up back brim is based on a catalogue image from 1913: And…it looked terrible on me. So it went in the naughty pile. And then I needed a hat to go with the 1918-19 Not Another Blue Dress, so it came back out, and I re-shaped it again intp a shape halfway between this painting: And the bottom left hat: And then added a dark blue ribbon under the …

Wedding dress, 1927. Silk crepe, glass beads, metallic thread embroidery. Maker unknown. Gift of Robert C. Woolard. 1991.408a, Sponsored by Laura Barnett Sawchyn, Chicago Historical Society

Rate the Dress: the ’20s are back

It’s the 20s again, and 1920s & 30s frocks are always what I think of when I imagine the perfect New Years outfit.* So this week’s Rate the Dress is a 20s dress for a festive event. Last Week: an 1840s dress in striped silk Last week’s rating were all over the place: a big chunk of 9s & 10s from people who loved the piecing and play of stripes; a smattering of middle ratings from those who liked it, but weren’t quite reconciled to the not-perfect pattern matching, the unusually low berthe, and the muted colours; and a few really, really low scores from people who didn’t like anything about it. The Total: 7.8 out of 10 You can’t please them all! This week: a 1920s dress I think of ’20s frocks as the perfect New Year’s attire, but this week’s Rate the Dress is actually a garment for a different kind of ‘new’: a new beginning. It’s a wedding dress, albeit an unusual blue sleeveless example that departs from the more common ’20s wedding …

Robe de Style, Paul Poiret (French, Paris 1879–1944 Paris), 1925, French, silk, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.249

Rate the Dress: Poiret does evening blue

Last week’s Rate the Dress was quite popular, although not everyone was on board with its colour. For this week’s Rate the Dress I’ve picked a very different dress, but one in the most-suggested alternate hue for last week’s frock. Last Week: an 1882-3 day dress in fawn brown Last week’s dress was way, way, way more popular than I thought it would be! I just didn’t expect people to be in to fawn brown, all the pleats + lace, and the very unusual front pocket situation. But it turns out you just really, really like pockets. And some people even like fawn brown! The Total: 9.2 out of 10 A very elegant effort. This week: a blue velvet robe de style by Poiret This week’s Rate the Dress is a robe de style by Paul Poiret. While the overall shape is typical of a robe de style, in typical Poiret fashion it combines unusual and inventive elements to give a twist to the standard shape. This take on the robe de style features multicolour embroidery on …