My dress for the Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge is complete. Here it is!
This dress is Great Gatsby inspired, and as I said in my planning post, this project is also inspired by my great-grandmother, Frances Coles.
Although, I barely knew her, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about her. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, and I wish I could’ve known her better. She was also an amazing seamstress, and she made clothes for her ten children. Several of her children, including my grandmother, are also sewists. I’m blessed to have received whatever genes gave her a passion for sewing. 😀 It’s fun to think about the way that sewing has made its way through, from generation to generation. My grandmother and my mother taught me to sew. I feel like sewing offers me a special form of connection to previous generations of family.
This dress was a source of joy and frustration, but I’m glad I finished it. I finished up the beading on the dress over the past few nights, and just took the photos this evening. I decided to keep the beading very simple and similar to the sketch.
Please see the inspiration/planning post for more information about why I chose the design that I did. As you can see from the scribble next to the sketch, I was undecided about making a sash to tie at the waist. When I finished the dress and tried it on, I felt that it really need a little sash around the waist.
The dress material is a silk blend that I’ve had in my stash for a couple of years. Since the material is see-through, I made a stretchy under-dress. I didn’t want to detract from the dress with a frilly slip underneath. I don’t have a strapless bra right now, but I guess the bandeau effect of the under-dress makes the look a bit more authentic to the ’20s. I certainly wouldn’t be comfortable going out in public like that, but that’s an easy fix.
No matter what I did, the beading ended up wonky around the hemline, but I persevered and finished it anyway. I just didn’t give myself enough time to plan well. I bet if I gave it a good pressing after adding the beading the hemline would’ve been more submissive. Oh well, it is what it is.
I didn’t have time to make the cloche hat, but a headband works just as well for a ’20s inspired look.
I added a simple line of beading to echo the beading around the hem.
I got better with the beading as I went along, so the headband looks the best. The beading on the dress isn’t exactly my crowning achievement. Actually, it’s pretty terrible, even though it’s so simple. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like it, so I guess I should just call it a learning experience.
Well, it’s late and my eyes are heavy, so I’ll leave it at that.