So why have I been spending all this time researching the 1920s? Well, the original impetus for heading back to 1928 was the most recent Sew Weekly Challenge.
As I have previously mentioned, I love the old Nancy Drew books. When I was looking for a little "Literary Inspiration," the famous girl detective seemed a great place to start. And with the books first published in 1930 and continuing until today, the possibilities were endless.
My favorite illustrations from the series come from the 1940s (big surprise, I know!), but since the idea is to challenge oneself, I thought something a bit different would be best.
I figured that the 1928 silhouette would work perfectly for a story based in the year 1930.
Nancy Drew is often pictured in the color blue (perhaps because it contrasted so well with her titan hair?). Unfortunately, I did not have any blue fabric with sufficient drape for this pattern. And I just knew that the garment was not going to work in a stiff cotton. What I ended up choosing was some rayon crepe that I have had in a drawer for over 10 years.
In a perfect world, I would have made myself a matching cloche hat to complete the ensemble.
A quick (read: lazy) substitution was a matching scarf.
And now I am going to have to find a silk kimono so I can lounge around the apartment à la 1928.
[More information about the construction of this dress may be found here.]
Dress & Scarf: Made by me, Vogue 2535
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings: Judith Jack