Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Every once in a while you see a dress that you MUST have.

Hello, Readers! How was your holiday? I was sick over ours which was totally lame, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Instead of going out we got dressed up and enjoyed an evening in. We bought a bottle of Barefoot and streamed Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve to the laptop.  It was lovely, but back to the Vintage.

Every once in a while you come across something that you MUST have. The feeling came upon me when I saw this super cute 1930s Tour Eiffel eyelet dress in an email from a dear friend.

It was love at first sight, my friends. I'd never seen anything quite like it, but I knew that I loved it. The eyelet lace top, the super cute giant bow (very 1930s), the neckline....

But at $425 it was about $400 out of my price range. Still, after three days of thinking about this dress non stop I decided that I may have to make recreating something like it my January project.

As I thought about it more pictured this new creation as more of a play suit. I was thinking about changing that skirt into pants and adding a zipper up the back. Everyone seems to be posting about 1930's Pajama Trousers lately and that probably accounts for why I've got them on the brain.

From Wearing History

From Tea with the Vintage Baroness

From Jennifer Anyan
Tooooooo cute! I just love these ladies who are wearing their breezy summer trousers to the beach or on a picnic. They look fashionable, carefree, and so comfy. I was thinking of redesigning the blue dress into something like so...

"Sketched" and photographed during 5 minute lunch break. I need a better cellphone camera, but anyways.

I quickly hopped on my favorite vintage pattern source (read: etsy) and managed to locate a few patterns that would make a good base for my play suit/jumper/frankensteined mental creation. I especially loved this little lady from 1930 who seemed to be just want I was looking for.

But what to you think, Dear Readers. Is this a great idea or a major fashion don't waiting to happen? You've never led me astray with your advice before so I'll trust your judgement.


Lisa said...

What a dress! I absolutely love that. Again, too bad it wasn't it somebody's basement or attic where you might still have gotten it for under $25. I wish you luck in your January project, hope it turns out even better!

Eleanor said...

I think it will look adorable! I think the bow detail around the bust area will be really flattering on you, too. This makes me want to sew some 30s trousers of my own, but it will have to wait until after the baby. I can't wait to see what you make!

Also, your sketch made me smile. :)

BaronessVonVintage said...

Are you going more for lounge or beach/leisure pjs? I own a one piece 30s pair of beach pyjamas, which are made of a sturdy cotton. They're might cute but quite outlandish, I'll admit. Debi over at My Happy Sewing Place made a gorgeous pair of satin lounge pyjama pants and top (from a 30s pattern) that I think I would live in around the house if I had a set like that. ANyway, here's a link to a blog post I did which basically reblogged more info on these unique garments


woodelf48 said...

Love your blog. Go for the lounge pants, soft flowing ones or even an 70's jumpsuit. Should be great for dinners out, theater, etc.


Lauren said...

Fun! I *love* beach pajamas!
Have you seen this blog? Chock full of inspiring photos :)

Alyssa said...

Oh, sew them already! Don't be afraid of a project that is a bit on the wild side. I have a lounge pattern as well and I'll make it up someday. Personally I think they would be great for wearing while sitting in the garden and reading.