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Bernina 3 Series - 1920s modern party dress

Added Nov 23, 2010

by mrsnkwong

Seattle, Washing...






Yay! My first project on BurdaStyle.

I pondered on what to be inspired by for this competition. Even though I’ve been really digging vintage fashion, sewing, and Mad Men, I didn’t want to do a 50-60’s style dress.
I’ve been working on my wedding dress which is a 30s glamour bias gown. The 20s and 30s is an area of pure awe in the fact of their technique. They made beauty out of baggy non form fitting garments, but gave it motion with liquid like fabrics and bias cuts. So it was decided!

The flapper is a well known style with lots of swish and sash. The garment moves with you and accents, highlights those moves you make. The Robe de Style was a more conservative style. Still flamboyant in fabric, but with more poof, with accents of rhinestones. I decided to mix the two with a modern twist.
I fitted the body of the dress with french darts keeping them discreet but keeping the garment tight to the body instead of baggy. I raised the hem line significantly, which is more common these days as apposed to then.

I layered it with a sequin and embroidered knit cut in rectangles to create the angled ruffles and keep to the 20s silhouette. Topping it off with a brightly colored and textured silk waist sash. Gathered to accentuate the texture further, as well as creating two gathered florals at the hip.
There are rhinestones attached to the skirt and bodice, but because the room is fully lit and there’s no direct lighting it can’t be seen.

When I took photos I swear I was ready for prom, just needed a date and a corsage! I love it and wish I had a part to go to to wear it!




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other, Romantic, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins, Polyester, Satin, Silk

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  • Holliebell_large

    Nov 23, 2010, 01.49 PMby freakusbzzz

    This is divine! glad I didn’t enter my 20’s non creation. How did you finish the edges of the outer layer? I can’t see any stitching.

    good luck!

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    • Newglasses_large

      Nov 23, 2010, 06.33 PMby mrsnkwong

      Thanks! You’re too kind :) For the tunic I french seamed the sides, but other than that, the fabric held it’s self so I didn’t feel the need to add to it.

    • Holliebell_large

      Nov 24, 2010, 12.55 PMby freakusbzzz

      I really love this.

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