Musings of a Lady

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Le Modiste: Celebrating the last days of Summer!

Annually, the Art Deco Society of California. http://www.artdecosociety.org/ has their last days of summer picnic at the Dunsmuir House in Oakland California http://www.dunsmuir-hellman.com/.This afternoon is always a fun and celebratory affair where we can dress up in our Deco frocks and hats, linen suits and boaters, then spread out picnic faire and dance the afternoon away!



I didn't go last year and missed it terribly.  This year I pulled out a dress that I started for the event and finished it.  I used a Decade of Style pattern http://www.decadesofstyle.com/, that I have used before with great success.

White linen, lime green vintage buttons, jade-like rings and lace
Everything was from my stash!  Didn't buy one new item.  Even the side zipper was a recycled item.  Anyway, I used a dress weight, white linen for the dress and belt.  The green lace made up the raglan sleeves.  The buttons were vintage ones but the rings were a find at JoAnne Fabrics!  Perfect color match!  The one thing I did that was different from the pattern was add this neck detail:
It is a typical detail for 1930's dresses and blouses to have bound openings and either scarf ends or some sort of fabric bow or tie threaded through the openings.  I tried this and I liked it.  This is how it turned out:
It was a pretty warm day, so the linen was very comfortable!

Aren't the cars fabulous!

On the Wagon as little Violet plays!
 Here are some more pictures of the overall event.  It was a glorious day of champagne, food, dancing and lots a well dressed folks!  Enjoy!








Next up:
Draping a Robe Anglaise, en fourreau (or English back).
Continue working on my Elizabethan embroidery sample
Up-cycle a bustle ball gown with a day bodice jacket
Possible Mid-Victorian Visting ensemble.

6 comments:

wandabvictorian said...

Not my favorite era but it sure looks fun! You looked lovely by the way!

Marion Brégier said...

I keep seeing fabulous 1930's and 1940's like yours. You guys are going to make me fall for vintage styles ! Eep !

sewphisticate said...

So pretty, bella!

Angela said...

Thank you Ladies! This event is really fun and everyone is totally decked out. The cars are just too cool for words. Marion - get sewing girl! You would look fab in 30's and 40's!

Angela said...

Angela, your dress is marvelous! You look marvelous! It inspires me - I'm getting ready to start two Gatsby dresses for the movie remake set to premiere in December (Will you be going?).

Angela said...

I totally forgot about the new "Gatsby" Film. Thanks fro the reminder Angela! I think it would be cool for folks to go dressed! I remember going to Der Fledermaus (spelling?) in 1890's evening wear and that was fun with a midnight supper to follow at Absinth! Always fun to go dressed to the theatre!