The “Ooooh, Pretty Momma” Gatsby Dress

The Facts:

Fabric: Satin gifted from a friend
Pattern: Self drafted
Year: 2012/1926
Notions: Beads $3.00
Time to Complete: Not finished
First Worn: September 8,  2012
Wear Again: Once finished, I have an even to wear it to.
Total Price: $3.00

Well, friends, let me tell you a story. I knew I had to do this challenge. I mean The Great Gatsby is my favorite book. Pretty much the only book I enjoy reading more than once (I’m not much of a reader, I’m a go, go, go kind of person). 3 weeks ago I started on my Gatsby dress. Not this one. A different vision. I spent $20 bucks on all the notions! Ridiculous right? Then I got to a point where I wasn’t inspired by it anymore. I then started doing some sketching and came up with this design. I love it so much more, even though I am not finished with the bead work.

I literally started on this dress last week, so no wonder I am not done. Hand beading takes so long, and I had a whole intricate diamond designed out on my sketch. Once done, I promise I will post pics.

The post will be short today, as I had an overwhelming week, but I see a light ahead of this darkness. Thank you to everyone’s positive words and kindness last week. I really do enjoy sewing and doing the Sew Weekly. I’m sad when I have to take breaks, but it’s important that I do.

Obviously the title of this post is words straight out of my daughters mouth. Gosh, I love her so much. Her sweet little voice telling me how pretty I am makes my heart melt. I hope she will still think I am pretty when I am older and gray, and the wrinkles have become more noticeable. I am looking so forward to everyone else’s Gatsby fashions! See you all next week!



Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


  1. Great colors for you! And you have just the right figure for 1920s fashion. Tall and slim.

  2. Pretty mamma indeed! Love the colors and the diamond design. I bet it will look fabulous once you get it finished. Great pictures in front of the theatre.

  3. So pretty! Those colors do look great on you and I can’t wait to see it when you’ve finished the beading. I also had a different vision for this week but I ended up in a completely different place.

    Love the hair and the styling too!

  4. It’s already obvious that this dress has a lot of potential. The style looks great on you and I can’t wait to see it finished with the beading. I love the name of this dress and can totally relate to this – my little son also shows quite a lot of appreciation for my selfmade outfits (actually a lot more than my husband) and it melts me heart, too, when he says that I look pretty in them. :)

  5. VERY pretty : ) And yes, please keep us posted on the beading. I’m glad there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s nice to see you back here!

  6. Gorgeous! I love that you posted even though it isn’t done (although it looks fab already). It gives inspiration to those of us who don’t always make the deadline :0) can’t wait to see it finished.

  7. Great job Bethany, great choice of colours they really suit you. Love the drop-waist cut as well.

  8. You’re so clever and glamorous! Beautiful design and colors.

  9. Thank you, thank you everyone!

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