Next month the GBACG is hosting an event at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. To celebrate the Egyptomania surrounding Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, I will be making a 20s dress with an Egyptian Revival theme.
I am using white silk velvet and navy blue silk chiffon. Here it is pinned together but still looking rather plain before its embellishments.
I am using Decades of Style’s zig zag dress pattern, which I used before to make my Daisy dress for the Gatsby Picnic.
I made a bunch of silk chiffon bias tape to trim the zig zags, but sadly they are really too sheer and delicate and the seams show through, so I will have to come up with another plan. (The fabric is so sheer the sleeves are 2 layers of chiffon).
I have 8 of these vintage appliques, one for each panel of the skirt. They might be a little weird, but I am hoping they are just weird enough.
I am excited to wear the dress with these shoes I got from Royal Vintage Shoes. They come in black/gold and navy/silver, but not navy/gold, so I went with the black/gold combination. They are really lovely and I’m glad I’ll have an excuse to wear them!
Could you turn those strips into piping and use them still?
Hi Meg I tried doubling them up but they are slippery and hard to make sure everything is nice and even. I did find some fine rayon tape that is the same color and more opaque.
This dress is going to be adorable! The appliques are so cute! Shame about the chiffon, though.
Thank you for the encouraging words Ellie! I’ve been wanting a velvet dress and this is the right time to make one!
Squee! Egyptian 1920s is *awesome* ! I love your appliques. Can’t wait to see how it all looks when finished. The Rosicrucian is a great museum. Have fun!
Thank you! (And thanks for selling the shoes!) I’ve never been to that museum and I’m excited to go.
White velvet! You are so brave. Too bad about the chiffon bias. They may have needed a white silk taffeta or other stiff fabric backing. Nice job on working on it before February, too.
Well I intend to be indoors so the silk velvet is not an entirely crazy choice. Perhaps making the chemise dresses has emboldened me to live dangerously!
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