This dress has been at least a little seen, as it is the dress I am wearing in my profile picture. In March 2014, I was invited to attend a Great Gatsby tea party at the local St. James Tearoom. I own nothing and know very little about the 1920s but thought it sounded like fun. I quickly decided on a peacock theme as I had left over peacock lace from my teen's dress. I also had some silver trim and some pretty black embroidered and sequined net that would work for the rest. This meant the whole dress would be sheer and a needed a colored slip for underneath it all. Lauren at American Duchess has a nice tutorial and pattern for a 1920's slip that worked wonderfully. I used some emerald green silk Crepe de Chine I had laying around. I did not follow her tutorial exactly but used her pattern, as you can see I have 3 pleats in the front instead of 4 and I did not bind the top edge the same way. I like her binding method better than my simple hem and will likely bind the top edge if I make a slip like this again. To get the pleats right, I put the slip on and figured out the pleats while wearing the slip. This made the fit perfect and I love my new slip.
After the slip, I needed a dress. I am fairly curvy and the standard straight dresses look terrible on me. After browsing surviving dresses, I figured out that some (probably the less fashionable ones) have a slight A line to them. I also hate totally sleeveless dress and found that some, again likely the less fashionable dresses, have short sleeves. So I made my dress a slight A line with short sleeves. I used the peacock lace to make a tail in the back that hung from the shoulders. The tail was inspired by a dress I found on pinterest with curved layered pieces and several fancy dress costumes that had longer backs that fronts (for example). None of this is likely all that common, but I wanted a dress I would love so I went for it.
I then used some left over trim and lace, plus a button and some peacock feathers to make a quick headpiece. Amazingly, this whole dress was made from my stash!
Here are some pictures from the event. I actually loved this dress and had so much fun!