Hot! Gatsby Progress

Bodice-blueprint Thanks to all for the feedback and suggestions about my Gatsby Summer Afternoon dress fabric dilemma! The general consensus was that navy and white would be adorable and that the floral fabric was worth salvaging. I decided to get over my issue that it wasn't "nautical" enough and just go with the blue floral voile.

Here's a look at my current progress on the bodice. I quickly constructed that flower as a prototype with some navy lining I had lying around. It's simply tacked on with a pin. The same lining was used to make some bias trim that is bordering the neckline. That, too, is tacked on the dress form with a pin. I do believe that's a good look but am open to opinions.

Ignore the peplum and back cascades, those are also just pinned to give an idea what it will look like. I've already finished the underdress and only have to sew the cascades onto the back. Thankfully, I should be done with this dress by the weekend and will be able to move on to the Gatsby dress for my sister-in-law.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I like this one a lot better than the white version – I think it is going to look great!

  2. I think it’s just beautiful already! I can’t wait to see the final product!

  3. I like the navy bias trimming. I think that with the drape of the fabric, the navy and white coloring and the bold trim, you will have a sufficiently “nautical” feel, whilst keeping it feminine.

  4. Love it. The navy trim looks really good and it’s a nod to the maritime stuff without being totally all-out sailor costume.

  5. Looks great in this fabric! I like the bias trim – it gives enough of a nautical feel without being obvious.

  6. That looks very promising. I love the navy touches and the shape looks lovely so far. I can’t wait to see the end result!

  7. Wow! I actually think it is nautical, it’s just not a cliche nautical look. It reminds me of those seaside photos of Coco Chanel on French holiday. How about adding a red center to your navy flower and that can be a nod to the French maritime? That and a red lipsticked mouth, you will be gorgeous!

  8. Oh, that’s lovely! It has an air of nauticality without looking costumey, which is easy to do with that style. Good work!

  9. Oh, I love it! Stunning! It definitely has an air of being nautical, but it’s subtle. Brilliant! Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  10. This one is really pretty. It was worth working through the other ideas. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  11. This blue and white version is just lovely! I really like the idea of the flower at the neckline too.

  12. Very beautiful! The trim and the flower really set it off nicely!

  13. It’s looking so beautiful! I really adore the blue print; it “flows” with the design of the dress very nicely.
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  14. Is there such a thing as licensing design? You need to license your dresses; every time one is made, you earn $$.

  15. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress! Unfortunately I have not found the button dress pattern easy for me…I need a more explicit pattern. I’m hoping to figure it out in time! Thanks again for your tips, although I think I need a whole tutorial!! :>)

  16. This blue floral looks so lovely and the trims are perfect. This feels like the way to go … I can see you in this dress, picnicing in the sunshine, lots of laughter in the air …. hold steady and finish this one… it’ll be perfect!

  17. How lovely this is! The nautical concept may have to wait for another project – this one is progressing beautifully. The peplum is a great detail, too. I can’t wait to see it finished.