Early Ideas for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Although the Gatsby Summer Afternoon is months away (Sunday, September 12, to be precise), I've already begun planning the outfits that will be created to clothe my friends and me. A neat thing occurred during the course of the year since Gatsby — two of my friends and fellow Gatsby attendees begun sewing in earnest! While I made Krissy's dress last year, she'll be sewing her own; my other friend, Libett, has even learned pattern drafting (!) but will most likely be using a vintage pattern for her own dress.
As the organizer of our picnic, I dictated the exact period of our dress (early 1930s) and the theme (nautical). I chose the early 1930s because, as pretty 1920s dresses can be, a waistline is a bit more flattering to modern bodies.
In all, I believe this is what I'll be sewing:
- My dress
- 2 toddler dresses & 1 infant boy's playsuit
- A dress for my sister-in-law
- A dress for my friend, Maddie
Writing that down makes it seem a bit more manageable. Last year I ended up making four dresses (only two of them actually ended up making the cut), so this should be a breeze! Here's my post about the dresses I made. This year, the hard part is narrowing down my choices for my own dress.
With the exception of "G," all of these patterns are available from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library. I acquired "G" as well as the patterns that will most likely be used for Krissy's and Maddie's dresses last week at Alameda.
A. I like the contrast of the collar and dress on view 2 but prefer the short sleeves of view 1. I'm not sure if that look works, though, when combined.
B. I love the bodice but I'm "meh" about the sleeves. Neither sleeve seems like it would be particularly flattering to my arms but I think if I was to remove the bottom half of the puffed sleeve (in green), I'd have a nice little butterfly or capelet sleeve.
C. Yeah, probably not.
D. While "D" feels a bit too matronly, I think that the right fabric and buttons could make this dress look amazing. Or, I could be wrong and it could be another "mom from Our Gang" dress.
E. There's just something about "E" that feels a bit off. Maybe it's because it's an illustration of a more realistic body shape and she doesn't look 6"5 and 120 pounds. I do like stumpy because the sleeves are flattering and there's a tie of some sort. Perhaps with a lighter color tie and a darker color dress it will look a less scout-like as well.
F. In the illustration these puffed sleeves look like they've gone off the rails a bit. I love the neckline and tie detail, though. Even if the sleeves seem a bit crazy, I think that if they turn out anything like the sleeves on this dress worn by Myrna Loy, it would be fantastic. While the second view is cute, I fear that it will read too "dust bowl" when I'm wearing it.
G. I have my heart set on a dress with contrasting fabric so I'd most likely stick to the first view and make it short-sleeved. I definitely want a dress with a bow, tie or some sort of interesting collar but that seems to be the only really interesting detail happening with this dress.
What do you think? I'm thinking that "B" is going to probably be the one.