Wednesday, August 10, 2011
1920's From The 1980's
I was so excited in the mid 1980's when I noticed people wearing 20's inspired dresses! The 20's was and still is one of my favorite fashion decades (even though it's hard if not impossible to fit into everyday life without it looking costume-y). Here are the patterns I bought for myself at the time.
The top one I loved and intended to make but never did. It's...uhmm...busy. And big.
This next one I made...
...twice The short sleeve one in an oyster color with black lace inset. Terrible color on me in retrospect, but I got compliments from some older women. I made the navy one exactly like on the envelope except mine was forest green with cream colored English lace around the collar and on the cuffs.
Another one I intended to make and didn't:
This skirt has the honor of being my first wadder. I remember it was a bad fabric choice and a pattern that ran small on me:
Shoulder pads in a rectangular dress with big hair! Wow! At the time I didn't think anything about it -- it was all a lot of fun. (Also I rarely put the shoulder pads in my clothes and often took the store bought ones out. I felt like a fool in them since I didn't want to look like a linebacker.)
When 20's styles started falling out of fashion was when I first began sewing more vintage styles, especially those from the 1940's. I found that having a waist was more flattering than covering my curves in a rectangle. And those were, of course, pre-baby days when I had a teeny tiny waist! I don't think I'll revisit 20's fashions for myself (other than bobbed hair and cloches) -- been there, done that, in the worst sort of way.