To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Monday, May 25, 2015

1920s Salmon and Black Gatsby & Gangsters Frock Complete!!!

Oh my heavens.  I cannot believe how busy life has gotten and been these past 5 months.  So busy in fact that I have had an anxiety attack since last Saturday.  All the things/events/end of school stuff that are going on, are putting stress on my serotonin level and I believe I have sucked it all dry!  But not to fear!  I know why I am feeling what I am feeling and after all the things are done that need to be done, I am going to be taking a big break from all the things/stress/anxiety that come from outside sources and get back to being a wife, mother, and costumer full time!  The word "no" will be in my vocabulary quite a bit I believe!

In between the hurried pace of life, I have had the chance...nay...I have fled to the sewing machine for peace, quiet, solitude and creative space to work on my 1920s dress for the upcoming Gatsby to Gangsters event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary.  Last night I was able to put the finishing touches on the dress and I now deem it complete!  Well, except for the black bow on the front.  I am not sure how I feel about it and may very well fiddle with it before its wearing.

Sadly, Emma is very thin and doesn't wear this frock as it should be worn, so keep that in mind while looking at the pictures!


I decided to use some of the diamond shaped buttons I purchased in Port Townsend for this dress!  I only bought 8 of them.  I don't know what I was thinking as Victorian dresses require more than 8 buttons, but they were so fabulously gorgeous I had to get them!


Beautiful button.  It's shiny here but in real life it is rather flat and quite old!


Inspiration came from this dress.  I just loved the look of the whole thing!  On my dress, I did some horizontal pleats at the "waist".  I did make pleats at the front of the skirt, but also the back of the skirt.  They swish really nicely when I walk!


hahahahah!!  This cracks me up as Emma has no legs, so the skirt looks so silly!!!


For sleeves, I wanted something that looked elegant and a little bit exotic.  So, I used the pattern below... 


Past Patterns' 2149 Ladies' One Seam Sleeves View C2.  It was so easy to make and I didn't even have to alter it!

On to the cloche!

I wanted a black straw hat to go with the fabulous antique ribbon I found and so had to make a new one from scratch.  Grrrrrrrr...this added a little bit of stress to the whole Month of Stress, but I got it completed and it's ready to wear!


I wanted the brim to be a bit wider than a short brim, but not as wide as my HUGE wide brim black and yellow cloche.




I decided that this cloche needed a buckle, so I used one of my Great Grandma Cornelia's buckles...I think it looks fantastic on the hat!

Well, now all I need to do to complete the ensemble is make a new necklace.  I will either just make a black bead one or perhaps if I find some gorgeous salmon colored beads, it will be salmon and black!!

Be blessed my friends and I wish you no stress!!!

g

22 comments:

  1. Mmm, what delectable ribbon! Looking forward to seeing your ensemble together. I hope the life stress ends quickly!

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Thank you Quinn! I sooooo cannot wait until life settles down again and I can relax and enjoy all the things! I do love the ribbon that I found for the hat....It makes me so happy!
      Blessings!
      g

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  2. I love the whole outfit! The black details look edgy, yet feminine with the salmon in such a lovely way. Great work!

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    1. Thank you Breanna! I like how you described the accents...I will have to keep that in mind! What a fabulous compliment!
      Blessings!
      g

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  3. Looks amazing! I love the details, and can't wait to see the whole thing together. The ribbon on your hat is awesome.

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I sucked all the air out of the antique mall when I spied it. I don't think anyone could have pried it out of my clutches!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  4. Oh my goodness! This is all so fabulous! And that ribbon- amazing!! Can't wait to see it all together and being enjoyed. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Lily! The ribbon totally makes the outfit. I can't wait to wear the whole ensemble!! When I tried everything on, I felt very elegant....
      Blessings!
      g

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  5. LOVEEEE this! You MASTERED the 1920s look! This dress looks extant! The buttons and piping are perfect details :)

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    1. Whoo hoo! Best compliment ever! To be compared to an extant garment...thank you so much Gabriela!!! You have made my day!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  6. SO amazing, gina!!!! and THAT HAT! *speechless*

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    1. Thank you so very much Samantha! The hat makes me pretty happy!
      Blessings!
      g

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  7. What a wonderful outfit! It truly looks like an antique!

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    1. Thank you so very much Vivien! The best compliments are the ones that say they look like antiques!
      Blessings!
      g

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  8. It is beautiful. And you know that my new dress will be in the same colors? Greetings :)

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    1. Thank you so very much Dorfi!! I so cannot wait to see your dress in this color!! What fun!
      Blessings!
      g

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    1. Thank you Black Tulip!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  10. Ohmygoodness! I love, love the salmon and black pairing! The soft tones and that sharp contrast just look so amazing together. I honestly like the dress you pulled together much more than the original, inspiration one. The entire ensemble will look so divine, especially when topped with that glorious hat! *sigh* Beautiful work, and I can't wait to see it on you. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Oh wow!! Thank you for this wonderful compliment Bonita! I wasn't fond of the colors of the original, but loved the off center tab and buttons! That's what really caught my eye! Laaaaaaaa! Love tabs and buttons!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  11. I love it. It's so elegant and subtle. I'm really impressed how You've managed to finish such a project with so much on your head and stress :) I hate stressful periods of time, it stops me from working.

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    1. Thank you Olga! Seeing during times of stress is a great outlet for me...I find it so relaxing compared to the crazy surrounding me!-
      Blessings!
      g

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