When I found out this week's challenge I was instantly inspired and planning adorable outfits from the 50s-60s, which I LOVE! Then it occurred to me that everyone will probably pick the same time frame, so I HAD to come up with something else. There are some gorgeous runway looks this season with 20s influences, so that's what I decided on (and watching The Princess and the Frog a gazillion times probably made an impact, but let's pretend I'm all fancy and runway watching, ok? Thanks).
I had this glorious plan with all these sheers, satins, crepes and fringe until, yep, another realization (damn), she would never be able to wear it! Sooo....I decided to update the Roaring 20s to the 2012s and made the whole thing out of jersey! Yep, that's knit folks! It is soooo soft and comfortable.
I based the pattern off a tank top she has and lengthened it to a drop waist. I added the contrasting V shape which was incredibly popular and continued the angle down and wrapped it all the way around the back and finished off with another V in the back.
The top is fully lined and pearls were a MUST!
The bottom is made from 100s of individually sewn on knit diamonds that I brought up the bodice to meet the V detail. I have blocked out how long that took me. It has great spin-ability (totally a word) which is always a plus for a little girl!
|Seriously, check out the twirl!|
I made a cloche, but it didn't do the dress or the model justice so I paired some fabric flowers with these FANTASTIC belt pieces and buttons from my grandmother's vintage stash to make a headband.
So, there ya go! My decade dress! In case you are a glutton for punishment, feel free to check out more pictures on my flickr group!