21 November 2008 @ 09:52 pm
I was going through my 1920s costume bookmarks to find something for a post in [ profile] steamfashion and I ran across something I had forgotten I bookmarked.

Prepare yourself for gasping, folks.


Seriously. Is that not gorgeous?

The text says it's beaded netting, but the pictures show pretty clearly that it's not netting. It's some sort of coarse cotton or loosely woven cotton gauze stuff. AND IT'S GORGEOUS. Wow. I think my costume to-do list for Costume Con might just have gotten bigger. Except for that part where I have the opposite of a 1920s figure. I don't think I can squash any part of my body enough for that silhouette.

Now, this one might be a better silhouette for me. I would also like to point out that the measurements on that extant item are very close to my own. Very close. Like, it would gap across the chest, but it would be really big at the waist. Never mind, I checked the measurements again, and apparently the waist is 40 inches, not 50 as I previously thought. Ten inches over the actual waist measurement isn't too weird for a 1920s dress.

I also keep finding things bookmarked like this cracked out hat. Why the hell did I bookmark that? Was there a point at which I said to myself, "Oh, that is so pretty, self! You would be the prettiest acid flashback ever in that hat!" And this. Was I on an ugly flowers kick or something?

ETA: Speaking of a good shape for curvy girls: Early 1920s wrap dress. How cute is that?
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04 July 2008 @ 03:00 pm
Does anyone think this hat is sufficiently 1920s enough to work as a garden hat? Here it is on Ravelry.

It is kind of cloche-like, but it is a modern pattern and it's crocheted. Has anyone run across any crocheted cloches from the 1920s?

I'd probably end up using mercerized cotton for it, since that's easily accessible around here and I like the shine. The Drops Paris that is suggested is cotton and is listed as aran weight on Ravelry, but the hook size is only 3.5 mm/size E, which is a little small for aran. The Garnstudio site says it's worsted, and that sounds better.
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29 May 2008 @ 09:27 pm
Not all of these may be tea dresses, but they are breezy, summery styles. Also, not all of them may be 1920s styles. So, um, look at this cool stuff I found on the internet!

Note to self: Find 1920s icon.

I tried to sort these into three separate groups: pre-1920 styles, 1920s styles, and post-1920s styles. So if something is labeled as "late '20s, early '30s" but fits more in 1930s styles, I put it in "1930 and later", even though there's the possibility it's actually from the '20s.

Pastel Embroidered Arts & Crafts Dress, c. 1913
Three Summer Tea Gowns, c. 1900-1915 -- The Greek key embroidery is really nice, I think.
Embroidered Edwardian Tea Gown
Irish Crochet Tea Gown, c. 1915-1930 -- The 1930 end of the date spectrum really surprised me. It seems way too late, no?
Lace Summer Tea Gown, ca. 1905
Princess Lace Tea Dress, ca. 1910

1925 Day Dress (I don't know where I got these images., maybe?)
1925 (Evening?) Dress
1925 Peasant Style Dress, Front and Back
Dark Blue Beaded Peasant-Style Dress -- There are more pictures of this in the album. I like this a lot.
Embroidered Cotton Tulle Tea Dress -- Needle-run embroidery, with a filet lace waistband. (I actually think this shape would be fairly flattering on me; the waist isn't all that dropped and full skirts balance me out.)
Embroidered Cotton Voile Dress -- It has a filet lace-trimmed sailor collar and those full peasant sleeves. It's actually kind of ugly.
c. 1923 Embroidered and Appliqué Tea Dress -- I think this is really pretty, and there's another one just like it the Vintage Textile Gallery with black silk appliqués.
c. 1925 Hand-embroidered Tea Dress
c. 1924 Beaded Cotton Voile Dress -- I lurve this. Such a simple silhouette with beautiful beading. And if my boobs were just a little smaller, I could wear it.
Hand-embroidered Lace Tea Dress
1928 Summer Afternoon Dress -- This is fun! She's also wearing black shoes with it, which makes me think about my black character shoes. Maybe I won't have to buy white shoes, then.
c. 1922 Embroidered Silk Dress with Handmade Lace Inserts -- I think this looks kind of bizarre.
c. 1925 Flapper Dress -- Hand-embroidered with handmade filet lace insets.

1930 and later
c. 1930 Embroidered Peasant-style gown
Embroidered White Lawn Dress, ca. 1910 and 1930 -- A dress from ca. 1910 remade in the 1930s.
1930s Armenian Embroidered Peasant Blouse -- Counted cross stitch
27 May 2008 @ 01:36 pm
On a happier note, my world-traveling friend has made it back from China, and we've set the date for a 1920s picnic on the lawn of the Gundry House in Mineral Point. Rather, we've set a loose date -- sometime at the end of the summer. Why 1920s? Because there's no way in hell we're playing croquet in bustle dresses in August.

So, friends, what are your favorite resources for 1920s clothing? The only thing I can think of is the Patterns of Fashion book that covers the 20th century -- is it to 1940 or 1930? I'm totally going to be making a 1920s bra to flatten my bazooms á la [ profile] green_martha. I also think I'll be hauling out my 1920s home ec manual to make my slip, which will probably be plain cotton broadcloth.

I've been looking at tea dresses on Vintage Textile, because I have those 4 yards of cotton voile/batiste/sheer fabric rolling around. These are my favorites:

1924 Beaded Voile Dress -- Three-quarter length sleeves are awesome for me, because I hate my upper arms. And it has set-in sleeves, rather than kimono sleeves, which are more flattering. Also, I could mimic the beading (which I would never get done by August) with tambour embroidery. White on white? Or black on white?
ca. 1930 Embroidered and Smocked Tea Dress -- The shape would be so much more flattering for someone shaped like me, which is the opposite of the 1920s silhouette. But all that smocking, ugh!

Do check out this really cool 1830s petticoat I found on Whitaker Auctions, too. Isn't that flounce terrific?

Or should I go with a sweater and a pleated skirt? 1920s sweaters are basically big rectangles or the body, with standard sleeves. I'm not even sure I'd need a pattern.
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