Sunday, May 26, 2013

How's Your Weekend (Redux)

Picasa/Blogger's pictures have finally started working again, allowing me to refill my buffer of fashion plates (I was down to only about six) and to put the pictures into the How's Your Weekend post!  It's much more interesting with them in.


In related news, I've spent this weekend working hard on my own 1920s presentation, More Than Just Flappers, to be given at Clermont in late June.  Right now it's just about finished, technically speaking, but I need to start actually running it to get it down and check the time.  I of course want to be dressed appropriately, so I've ordered a nice indigo-ish cotton twill for a dress and white rayon for some underthings, and I've made a kind of draped muslin for a dress.  Starting with the pattern above - from Cut of Women's Clothes, originally from The Ladies' Tailor (The Tailor & Cutter), 1921 - I'm adding in two gathered side insets as in the design in the lower left of the page below from McCall's Magazine, also 1921.


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  1. The dress ought to be interesting--I can't wait to see you in it. And to see the presentation?!

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    1. I just hope it turns out slightly flattering!

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  2. You couldn't by any chance let us know what the various letters and numbers refer to on the diagram above. I know that they probably relate to body measurements like A - B would be the circumference of the upper arm and C - D the distance from the underarm to the waist or hip. I would love to know as I am trying to develop my own version of a 1920s dress for an upcoming function. Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. To be honest, I'm not sure. The picture in CoWC doesn't have any description. I think it's just got to be winged ... I never ended up finishing this one, if I were you I'd use a proper pattern, whether a scale one from a book or a proper large one.

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