If you were browsing through this post, not noticing too much of the detail of these shots, like the mini-cab in the background – would you think for a moment that they were vintage?
You might remember I said that I also wanted an Atonement dress.
Well, this was my compromise – a dress with interesting hip detail – very “de rigueur” in 1930.
I managed to track down this 1931 vintage vogue pattern, which unfortunately is now out of print (but I have seen it on Ebay).
Whilst I was at the local market I found this amazing fabric, almost like liquid silver – it was just rolled in a ball at the bottom of the pile…….
and with a little help from my mum, of course – ta dah…..
The dress ended up a little larger than I anticipated and I did have to do a little magic safety-pinning, at the back, so it didn’t swamp me. But better that way than the other – there’s nothing worse than putting your heart and soul into something only to find the damn thing is busting at the seams.
In retrospect I think this style of dress suits a more boyish figure, particularly in a shiny fabric. There are a few photos where my rear looks like it could take out Manhattan – but it’s just the light, obviously……
Now I have to think about a) another occasion for this dress and b) another wedding that’s coming up, which is going to need something super special, as us ladies will be competing with some rather smart Blue’s & Royals uniforms!
So while I ponder that one, here are some original hip shakers to savour:
Anonymous 1929 taken from Art Deco Fashion, The Pepin Press
Kenneth Crouch for Harpers Bazaar 1930
1930s patterns from the Vintage Lending Library