Musings of a Lady

Friday, March 30, 2012

Le Modiste: A dinner dress for GBACG Titanic Event

Hello!  I have been on Spring break a week and I just got an opportunity to post something.  Between catching up with house work and other long forgotten things to do,  I have been working on a dinner dress for the Greater Bay Area Costume Guild's Titanic Dinner event.  Of course as we know the Titanic was tragically sunk in 1912.  Many of my friends who are attending will be wearing that era silhouette.  However, I made the conscious decision to go with 1919.  Why?  Well, I am not very fond of that particular part of the pre-teen fashions, I am not thrilled about how it looks on me.  With that said, I prefer Teens fashions and have been using Downton Abbey as my inspiration.   Additionally, I do more Art Deco events than pre WWII events so that sold me on going 1919.

The design I started with was 1912 and I kept wrinkling up my nose each time I sketched different designs.  I will confess that my favorite is the Janet Arnold 1909-10 evening dress in black silk net over a ivory satin under garment.  But, that is for a very small busted person who slim.  Me?  Well, let's just say that is not my figure.  Sigh.  But!  My choice of design will work well and will - though not period to the Titanic - look more fashion forward for an uppty minx like me.  LOL!

Here is my preliminary design:
I am planning to use the brocade for the over dress and no sleeves at all.  The under dress (skirt) will be velvet.  I have a burn out velvet for the straps. 

I hope to give you all an update soon.  Cheers


Cassidy said...

The later teens don't have the most flattering lines, but at least they're more flattering than the mid-1920s!

Angela said...

Yes, I think the teens - although I kinda of like it in a way - have lines that are not very flattering to all figures. Also, I call it the Mary Pickford look. I am not a damsel in distress type. However, I like this line better than the early 1900's. The 20's - yikes - NOT - a fan at all. I admire the beading and all but just doesn't look good on me at all. I am really a 30's gal. Anyway, thanks for visiting and commenting.

Rowenna said...

Oh, lovely! The artful drape of the front overskirt is to die for. I can't wait to see more!!