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Gatsby Summer Afternoon: If Money Were No Object

Over at the Sew Weekly, Mena suggested that we seamsters gather together for a group picnic at this year’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon. In period-appropriate attire that we made ourselves. I sat on the idea for a few days. My hesitation: I’m still relatively new to sewing, and I have no experience at all with period sewing.

Then, after watching “Midnight in Paris” at the theater with my husband, I realized that I was excited for the challenge. Since I’m not sure where to even begin pulling for inspiration, I’ll start here with a favorite dress of mine from the movie: a gold dress worn by Marion Cotillard’s character, Adriana.

And, here it is again, taken on the set and shown in full.

The shape of this dress seems fairly simple. I’m imagining the basic shape of the free Sorbetto pattern from Colette Patterns lengthened into a dress, like Oona did on her new column at the Sew Weekly, with a scalloped hem (Bonus!  Colette Patterns is already planning a tutorial on adding a scalloped hem to the Sorbetto). What makes this particular dress so dazzling is the bead work. So, I went on a search for gold, embellished fabric.

Look at what I found: feathers, sparkle, and tulle.

If money were no object, I could imagine this lace being stunning worked into a dress like the one above. If we’re dreaming, we might as well dream big, right?

So as to not sound like I’ve already detoured away from thinking about fall sewing, this dress could work right into a bit of the “bamboo” pantone…

For this look, I could artfully layer the gold dress over a long skirt and then add a giant hat, boots, and a faux fur jacket.  Voilà!  Fall sewing.  See how easy it is?

So, who’ll join me on my adventure to sew a 1920s/1930s period piece for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon? Even if you’re not local, San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit!

7 thoughts on “Gatsby Summer Afternoon: If Money Were No Object

  1. Gah! That is one fabulous dress!!! If money were no object for me, I’d want to wear Mira Sorvino’s beautiful white dress from her version of The Great Gatsby!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! It’s never too late to join the SESA! Welcome aboard!

    1. Oh my! That dress truly is beautiful. And, much more appropriate for a summer afternoon than the gold one above. Thanks for the inspiration!

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