10.24.2009

My best dress


Besides my wedding dress, I think this is my most treasured dress. My friend Kendra gave it to me, it was her grandmothers, and it is one of the best examples of needle skill of the depression I've ever seen (certainly the best I'll ever own). Its made of silk, with a paneled skirt, and top that is stitched in a way so the seams kind of come out from the bow on the front, if that even makes sense. It even has a matching jacket, with little weights at the front, so it hangs properly. My favorite part though are the sleeves. They are amazing! The shoulders are smocked with tiny little individual stitches, and it billows down to a tight buttoned cuff. You certainly won't see sleeves like that anymore.
Needless to say I was kind of terrified when I wore it, as it's about 80 years old, and if I ripped even a little seam I'd feel so bad. But what's the point of having it if it just sits in the garment bag?
Sam and I took advantage of the beautiful fall day (all fall days should be like that) and walked around 23rd street, where Moonstruck Chocolates has their annual pumpkin pie truffles. They are sooooo yummy.
Lately I've been on a skirt shortage, they are either too small, or too big, and none of them 30s so I've been searching for the perfect sewing pattern to make what I want in every color. Last night I finally found it! Plus the pattern has a blouse, or you can make the pieces into a dress, which is fantastic. I find it much easier to make period clothing from original patterns than to wear the original stuff, because I'm just so on edge about ruining things that have lasted so long.

Dress-A gift from a friend

Hat-Thrift store

Brooch on hat-A gift from a friend

Shoes-Department store

Purse and scarf-The Urban Eccentric

21 comments:

mygrandmalucy said...

Those SLEEVES!!!!!! It is indeed, a special dress. I'd love to see some closer shots of the sleeve smocking. And Moonstruck pumpkin truffles...sighhhh

reilly said...

It's gorgeous! Any word I can come up with really falls short, the fabric and everything just looks heavenly.

I know exactly how you feel, so I'm glad you found the right pattern! Since I've learned to sew my clothing purchases have decreased a lot because I can get all the look of vintage without any of the headache - getting dressed is so much easier!

Pink Flower said...

What a stunning colour! Fabulous!

Mel said...

What a lovely dress! The color is absolutely amazing! Yum those chocolates sound delicious!

emma wallace said...

Oh, I so love Moonstruck Chocolates! I wish, wish they had some here. Enjoy double helpings for me!

And the dress is breathtaking. The color is a dream and the contrasting textures are fabulous. You look incredible in it!


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hasoon said...

a) That dress is marvelous

b) you look great in a beret!

Sirens Sexy said...

That dress is so lovely. I am sure the her Grandmother would be proud to see someone wearing her prized dress with so much joy :)

avintagespirit (Lizzy) said...

That is one gorgeous dress! I can see why you love it so much. It is just the perfect color, style, everything!
I would be a bit scared of wearing it too if it was mine, but as you say it would be worse to just let hang there instead of wearing it and loving it!

Madeleine Miranda said...

What a special dress indeed! I am also most taken with your adorable purse...

Kendra said...

My grandma would've loved that you're sharing the dress like this!

garconniere said...

what a wonderful dress! you're right, it's all about the little details that makes this garment so stunning.

i know exactly how you feel about the potential damage you could do to a dress that old simply by wearing it... but how terrible it is to just hide it away in garment bag in the back of your closet! i have four or five dresses that i feel the same way about.

feathergirl said...

That is a lovely dress. Would you post a close-up of the detailing on that sleeve? I'd like to appreciate the needlework at a closer distance.

Andi B. Goode said...

Wow. That's one stunning dress. The colour is just lovely on you, too.
-Andi x

Angel said...

It's a beautiful dress!!! love the way you accessorised it too!!!

casey said...

Oh wow!!!! You look so gorgeous, Solanah! :) That dress is a true treasure; it's so detailed and elegant. I think that's what I love about 30s fashions so much; they really had an amazing amount of detail--you certainly had to be skilled to make things like this. :)

That pattern is really fantastic too--can't wait to see what you do with it!

- Casey
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Sofie said...

Wow, that IS an amazing sleeve! And that is a wonderfull color on you!

My Passport to Style said...

Hi there, so excited that I found such a quality vintage blogger hooray!Delicous outfittage and it loks like it has all be tailored to fit, thanks for makingmy day, what a joy.Us Style British Style Consultants need our fix of vintage chic! Sharon xxxxooo p.s am now following couldn't resist!

Rose said...

What a beautiful dress. And the colour suits you so well. I can deffinately understand why you dont want to wear it too often.
The pattern looks like it will make a lovely dress! cant wait to see it when its finished.

Rose

Anna Munkhammar said...

I just found your blog and it’s my favourite! Thanks for charing

Solanah said...

Feathergirl, I'll try and remember to take some pictures in the daylight :)

esme and the lane way said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the colours here too.