I haven’t really participated in the Historical Sew Monthly Challenge this year, but we’re doing a ’20s themed New Year’s party, and I had some leftover woolblend fabrics from making trousers, and I had the idea of trying making a dress out of a challengingly small amount of fabric.
I’ve never done any 1920’s sewing before, which perhaps was a good thing, because it got me to improvise a pattern after looking at some fashion plates and pictures at Pintrest for inspiration. My first attempts at a new time period usually starts with the thought “how can I do this as a trial?” so this is dipping my feet into the ’20s, and if you’re more familiar with that decade, you’ll probably see all my errors!
The pictures in this post are quite grainy, since I took them with my back-up phone (due to an incident with my phone being dropped screen down onto gravel and dying), but I hope you can see enough of the process anyway!
Sewing the dress together was a quick job by machine, but trying it on made me realise something was missing. It needed some decoration, but I didn’t have much to add. Searching through my stash cupboard I found some ribbons, and improvised once again.
Then, being a bit of a creature of habit, I hemmed the dress by hand. If you’re used to do more Viking/medieval clothes, this is the way…
By the end of the evening, the dress was made, and since it fits into the last challenge of HSM, I’m counting it as an entry and a one-day-project!
And now for the challenge facts:
The Challenge: December: On a shoestring
Material: Wool or wool blend
Pattern: Very much improvised!
How historically accurate is it? Not much at all, this is more inspired than accurate. I’ve tried to get the general silhouette but it’s really a first time attempt at a new era for me.
Hours to complete: About 4 with hemming by hand
First worn: Tomorrow at New Year’s
Total cost: I’d guess at about SEK 75, or thereabouts, including the ribbons (the fabric was originally SEK 185, and it’s been used for a pair of trousers already). So below a take-away meal cost!