I’ve created a modern outfit inspired by 1920s fashion. Alida is holding a monthly event called Sew The Show and this month she is inviting anyone to make something inspired by a show called Boardwalk Empire. Not having a television, all I know about this show is that it’s set in the 1920s and the fashions reflect that. I knew some about 1920s fashions and uncovered quite a bit more with a little research.
I choose blue as the main color for my outfit. And of course, everyone knows and has seen the role feathers play in 1920s fashion! So I had to have the feather knit fabric from Bari J.’s Petal and Plume line. I bought mine from Imagine Gnats, along with the plain navy knit pictured here.
This is the second time I’ve worked with Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric, and let me tell you, it’s definitely the highest quality knit I’ve sewn. There’s has yet to be any pilling, the stretch and recovery is awesome, and pretty too! I made the Hampton Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns. This, like all Peekaboo Patterns I’ve sewn up so far was fast and easy to sew with professional looking results. The contrast placket was a little confusing and frustrating, so before I sew it next time, I’ll probably look for tutorials on how to make it easier.
One major fashion detail of huge importance in the 1920s was lines. The clothing in general had long and graceful lines or silhouettes. Line was considered more important than face or coiffure! My nod to that 1920s fashion trend was to sew up an Ina Skirt from Pattern Review.
Again, it had to be blue, and I found this lovely lightweight but not sheer knit fabric from Hancock Fabrics. Also the detailing in the godets at the bottom of the Ina Skirt again echo the 1920s drop waist styles.
For my final piece, I was inspired by the shoes of the 1920s. Brocade and leather were a common, opulent choice. While these shoes are majorly cool, I didn’t really have a need for brocade and leather shoes, and so turned to another accessory, a Senna Tote.
This particular brocade is so lovely on both sides, that I had to feature both of them in the Senna Tote. I put gold, silver, and bronze in this tote to reflect the lavishness of the roaring 20s. The wealth and prosperity among the affluent would definitely have included a Senna Tote like this one! And of course my brocade Senna Tote required some shoe bling for a zipper pull!