One thing you don't see too much of in the vintage reproduction world is 1920s day dresses. There are shiny, fringed party dresses everywhere, but casual dresses are fewer and far between. They're harder to find vintage evidence of as well, since the dresses worn for rambles in woods or cleaning in the home often fell apart from use, unlike fancy party dresses that were packed away carefully. They are still around, though, and one of the most popular ways of reproducing these casual styles is through the One Hour Dress pattern!
I made this 1920s dress from the classic One Hour Dress pattern. It's pretty much the easiest possible 20s pattern you can do, and I even removed the waist seam to make it even easier. It's the simplest, most basic look possible for the decade!
The thing about 1920s clothing is that I struggle making it. It seems dumb, counter-intuitive, that I should have issues making such simple, basic garments, but I have. I've made a couple 1920s dresses, but I've thrown them all away because they looked like horrible sacks. The silhouette is not as basic as it seems! I've seen other people make fabulous 20s dresses, however, so I know it's possible to make flattering pieces.
I figured I would start with THE most basic version of a 20s dress and go from there--see what works for my proportions, ways to embellish, interesting details, etc. My process has been very much trial and error so far, but that just seems to be how it goes until I can get a feel for how the silhouettes work. I think using drapier, thinner fabrics in the future will also make a big difference.
This one is made of a thin, brown, wool blend. I rather like it for this because it's thin enough to drape, but thick enough to avoid undergarment lines. I took a different approach to 1920s "Egyptomania" and paired it with a keffiyah, man's traditional scarf, and snakeskin shoes from Sudan. I actually quite like how free and easy this outfit feels--the best part of 1920s fashions, in my opinion!
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