Wardrobe deficit: Floor Length Gowns.

This past Sunday I went to one of my favorite vintage hot spots, the Cicada Club. Sundays are a total throw back. A live band play always 30s-50s inspired, and most come out dressed in stylish vintage attire. Its awesome.

I go fairly often and Im sure I've yammered about it too. This Sunday was pretty crowded and I met a lot of new vintage folks. Plus, I had the best Mai Tai Ive ever had. They have a kick ass bar with bartenders who know and love the art of spirits. Its a rare and beautiful thing.

This night I wore my Gardenia Dress and it was a hit. But you know what, I felt miss dressed. The Gardenia dress I now know feels like a fall dress, not a summer one. And sure, it was cool, but when I went home and looked through my wardrobe, I felt I was missing something. Then it hit me. I need more evening gowns.

I mean seriously, who would ever say that?!

I only have one floor length gown, and looking through a lot of my catalogs, I see they were fairly common.





I say its time to bring that sleek stylish after five dress back.

I looked through my fabric and remembered this lovely rayon I bought some time ago.

$3 a yard baby! It will be perfect for a floral 30s floor length gown! Now I need the right pattern. Well, I have it! I'm going to use my flutter sleeve repro! *Perfect* All I have to do is make it floor length and omit the hip ruffles (sorry, they are totally going!). Squeeee!

I've been wanting to make this pattern and what better reason, right!? I even have a great solid coral colored rayon that I can make a coordinating wrap with! Yes! I love it when things come together like this!

So once the oven that is the sun starts to act right, I'll get started on this dress. I will prolly get started on it soon anyway. Its not like I have much else to do!

Yay sewing!

5 comments:

  1. That will be GORGEOUS!!! I can;t wait to see it all made up! Now I want one. :)

    Where is the Cicada Club? I'm north of LA, but I get down that way at times, and it sounds amazing!

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  2. I agree. I was watching an old movie and it seems everyone had a least one "gown" or ten as most of the movies depict. Satin and chiffon, sequins and ruffles...I want one too. I already have a full length crinoline and now just need the gown and someplace to wear it.

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  3. Too bad there aren't any hip retro bars in Rhode Island. Maybe over in Newport but that's a bit far away. I can't wait to see the finished prduct, I bet it will be stunning.

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  4. Man, that looks like such a fun thing to do! My only issue is that I live at least an hour away. I wonder if there is something similar closer to home. I'll have to check this out.

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  5. I badly need some new gowns too! I belong to a Masonic organization where we wear them a few times a month to various events. (If you're interested, see http://www.easternstar.org for adult ladies and http://www.gorainbow.org for girls 11-20.)

    Here's my problem: Being short and "stout," I have a really hard time finding a floor length dress that fits well and looks good. So I'm learning how to sew so that I too can fill this challenging but critical wardrobe gap.

    So I'll be watching your progress, in hopes that I can pick up some ideas. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog, and thank you especially for your what to wear and what not to wear sections. That information has been really helpful to me, both in sewing new clothes and buying new and retro clothes. I guess you could say I'm a loyal fan!

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