Monday, January 23, 2012

A Night at the Speakeasy

This past Friday, Mike and I went to The Hamilton for their "Night at the Speakeasy".  Basically, I wanted an excuse to have fancy cocktails and make a 20's style dress.  Look how pretty The Hamilton is:

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I Googled some pictures of 20's dresses and scoured my pattern stash for anything with a loose bodice and a tiered skirt.  I didn't have any tiered skirt action, but I figured that would be easy enough to create without a pattern.  I found two 1960's dress patterns with the type of bodice I was looking for and made a hybrid of the two.  Unfortunately there was no time to order fabric, so I had to make do with this poly chiffon from Joanne's, which I underlined in white.  I wanted it to still be sheer, but not completely see-through.

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Like a good little sewer, I made a muslin first. I used one pattern for the scoop neckline:

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And another for the perfect darts.

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Not bad! Kind of shapeless, but I figured we'd be in business once I made it in the chiffon and attached the skirt.

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Boy, was I wrong. The poly chiffon was HORRIBLE to work with and was shredding like crazy and stiff and not draping nicely. The worst part was, stains kept appearing out of nowhere.

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I used bias tape for the armholes for the first time and that turned out nicely. I used a flesh color, and you could not see it through the outside of the garment, so that is good. The real disaster was when I tried to do the skirt. The fabric was shredding like crazy and would not gather and was a bunchy, horrible disaster. I can't even bring myself to show you a photo of it.

So, I turned to Plan B: Buy something on eBay and beg the seller to overnight it to me. I found this stunner with 5 minutes left on the auction, and I scored it for a song! Even with the overnight shipping, it was well within what I was willing to pay.

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I have to admit, the whole appeal of this event was getting dressed up. I actually had more fun at the pre-party at my house. I had 5 friends over and we had appetizers and Brandy Old Fashioneds and listened to 20's records on the Victrola.

Here's a slew of photos for your viewing pleasure.

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1 comment:

  1. It's good to have a back-up plan! Are you going to re-attempt the initial dress idea again sometime?

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