Tuesday, April 19, 2016

1930s Dress Finished My Adrienne Dore


     I've positively adored Dore for quite some time. She's an Idaho gal (which is Utah's sister state), which is swell and she was really a good actress. I saw her for the first time in "The Wild Party" with Clara Bow years ago and around the same time, "The Famous Furguson Case" with Joan Blondell. Adrienne Dore wore a swell frock in that picture and I just loved it. I saw this film again last week and I figured it was about time I had that ensemble. 
  So here it is....

    And this is Adriennes...




         I tell you...it was so bright outside! I was squinting horribly.

It was impossible to find a photograph of her in this costume so I had to finally just put on the film again and take a picture of the screen. 
  Anyhow, I went through my fabric trove and found some great georgette which has been knocking around for years that would be perfect for it (I've been trying my darnedest to use what I have instead of buying more). Then I had to draft a pattern of it by memory because I didn't have a photograph but I remembered her floral print frock was under her dark jacket and the clown-style frilled collar came up and over it. It was simple, just drafted a six gored skirt with a top that buttoned up the front and a larger under collar over large collar. 






   I used some lovely lambs wool knit for the jacket and sewed Hong Kong seams nicely because I didn't want to line it. I did put tailored pockets in it that were of the same georgette as the dress. I thought it would be clever'n'cute. It's a seamstress/tailoress no-no but I like it. I'm a designer and I can do what I want.




      I just love big collars and collars that are quite unique, don't you? 
   Here is the dress alone...




I've been trying to incorporate more black into my wardrobe because I don't have a lot of it where clothing comes in but I do have a lot of black accessories I'm dying to use. I think for fall I'm going to make a black dress, at long last, and I need a new nice black hat (as you can see)!
     




My favourite aspect of the frock was the jet-looking buttons and green and yellow georgette. This was made completely on my 1918 Bessy Love handcrank (115 Singer) of course! My Khafra (127 Singer 1923 treadle) is busy with another floral affair! 


    See ya soon!

14 comments:

  1. what a fab look and it is just like film. I love your hair too. I have never seen the wild party, I really want too as I love Clara

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    1. Thank you very much! I got a new shorter haircut but I think I like my mid length better. Thanks for visiting me! And look what I've found for you!
      http://free-classic-movies.com/movies-02/02-1929-04-06-The-Wild-Party/index.php


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  2. That georgette is just lovely! I adore big flouncy collars.

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    1. Thank you, Evie! I use georgette a rather good deal and love it too much!

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  3. Oh, what a beautiful dress! I love the fabric and that double collar, just stunning. I do keep thinking about some sort of ruffling on a blouse I want to make but haven't quite decided on what but this has definitely spurred me on. Just gorgeous! xx

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    1. Oh I would just love to see what you come up with in the way of ruffles.You've got that lovely taste that would ensure a success whatever and I'm pleased I was able to propel you a bit.

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  4. Wonderfully lovely iteration of Dore's look. You're not alone. I yearn for the return of sunshine and warmth all fall and winter long, then promptly end up squinting up a storm through many of the shoots we take during it. Annoying as such can be, it really is a small price to pay to be able to take pictures without getting frostbite or running out of daylight by about 2pm!

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! Yes, you're right...such a small price to pay.

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  5. Wow, what an amazing ensemble! You did a great job putting this outfit together. The fabric is beautiful and I always love collars like that which you see often in 30s dresses.

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    1. Thank you, Anthea! Yes! Very often, I can't say enough how much I love these collars and I love following strong trends like these of the 1930s. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I saw your comment on Treadle On so I came over to see what was going on. WOW. Absolutely amazing design.work. Wonderful job!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I'm glad you stopped by and I'm grateful for your comments! I hope to see you again!

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  7. So beautiful! I think I need to learn to sew dresses for me and Georgette is so flowy and soft. You look gorgeous

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    1. Well thank you! I appreciate that! You should learn and I hope if you do you find it as rewarding as I do!

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