Last week I went to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, a yearly event put on by the Art Deco Society of California. The dress code is 1920s or 1930s summer daywear. You’ll see a lot of dropped waists, flowy chiffons and fabulous hats!
Being pregnant I couldn’t fit my dress from last year, and I didn’t want to spend too much time making a dress that would fit me for such a brief time, so I decided to modify an existing dress.
I started with a lace and chiffon white tunic dress. It was nice and loose, but very sheer and short.
To solve the problem I made a cotton slip shaped like the dress, and added several rows of wide rayon lace onto the hem.
The waist sash, sleeves and hat bad are all a series of tubes, with the raw edges hidden inside. Quick and easy! If I were to wear the dress again I would make more elegant sleeves, but seeing as how I put this together on the morning of the picnic I’m not too fussed about it. The sash kept riding up over my belly, making the dress look a little less drop-waisted 1920s, and more modern than I would have liked, but what costumer is ever really completely happy with the first wearing?
The shoes are American Duchess Astorias that I painted green. The necklace is vintage coral. The hat is a modern garden hat that I decorated. Unfortunately, it was shipped to me folded flat, and I could not steam out the creases completely.
The bright red lipstick (that kept rubbing off everywhere!) was part of a special Roaring 20s-inspired set, made by Julep. It came in a gold tube with 2 other lipsticks in a art deco-style box.
For the rest of the photos I took from the picnic, featuring costumes and vintage cars, take a look at my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivien_misc/sets/72157635456116293/