OK, so yesterday I told you about my Thursday shopping adventures with that copper-headed Kiwi (that's what they call themselves, apparently), Shona.
Now for my purchases. Obviously I didn't buy anything at those vintage clothing stores; I'm strictly a Salvation Army kind of guy. Recall that one of my next projects for cousin Cathy is one of these fabulous McCall's dresses from the late Twenties:
(If you have a strong opinion about one of these patterns over the other, please speak up NOW.)
Little by little I've been putting together accessories. Here's what I have already (click pics to supersize):
Beaded black satin bag with long chain. Don't love it, but it will do.
Black and gold fringed scarf/shawl: maybe, maybe not.
And here's what I got on Thursday with Shona:
If these don't scream Clara Bow, I don't know what does. Black satin. $5.99. Dig the button on the side strap. Shona suggested I decorate the front with some little sparkly doodad.
How about this? Boop-boop-de-doop! (If this is too showgirly, I also have a pretty good array of cloche-like things.)
Then there's this: a black velvet and satin rose pin -- $2 at Angel Street thrift store.
Now as for fabric, I was thinking this cotton velvet laser cut pattern. It would have to be underlined with something...Shona suggested a colored fabric to break the black a bit. It even has a border.
Here it is atop a peachy fabric:
And here it is over something purplish:
What do you think -- Is it too Norma Desmond?
While I have a camp sensibility, let me assure you, Cathy has none.
So I'm leaving it in your hands: What should I make this Twenties dress out of, and if I buy the velvet fabric, how do I handle the slightly gathered front yoke? The alternative would be some sort of lightweight poly satin that doesn't look too much like lining material.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!