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The One Hour Dress: Day 2

The One Hour Dress: Day 2

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As you may conclude from the title of this and last week’s posts, the vintage “One Hour Dress” pattern has required more time than its name would suggest. Since I have much to learn about sewing, I have chalked this and several similar projects up to “learning processes” and the time spent as an investment in self-improvement. I would, however, love to know what lady from 1922 was able to actually complete a wearable dress in AN HOUR! If she existed, she should have gotten a Nobel Prize. Perhaps she was secretly a Time Lord or something. Anyway, back to Day #2 with the One Hour Dress…

As stated in my previous post, I was not able to sew Dress #2 directly after attempting/learning from/modifying Dress #1. My new fabric and my sewing machine didn’t get along well so special sharp needles and pins had to be ordered. Upon arrival, the pins, needles, bias tape, and fabric met each other.

The hard work spent on Dress #1 paid off in that it spared me having to draft the pattern all over again. I simply traced Dress #1 onto the new fabric, BUT added length to the bodice so that a 1920’s drop-waist was created. (I didn’t want to make the same mistake from Dress #1!)

Another lesson learned from Dress #1 was the need to reduce the width of the skirt. As I had (eventually) done with the first dress, I reduced the skirt width from the bodice by about half.

Lesson #3 from Dress #1 was the benefits of pleats over gathers. Pleats pinned!

I sewed the dress together, as per the pattern instructions, and tried it on. Happily, Dress #2 actually looked like it was from the 1920’s! (Hurrah, drop waist accomplished!) I then finished the neck and sleeves with single fold bias tape.

At this point, I wasn’t willing to spend a great deal of time embellishing the dress, as 1920’s ladies undoubtedly would have. I did, however, use extra fabric to make a long sash for the waist and a smaller scarf to tie onto a hat. Nothing says vintage like coordinating accessories!

I also endeavored to created floral corsages for the dress and hat. (See my tutorial here for step by step instructions for similar vintage accessories!) Although 1920’s ladies might have made their own flowers from ribbon or fabric, I chose the silk flower route.

With the hat trimmed and corsage ready, it was time to party!

I wore my long-awaited 1920’s outfit to a friend’s wedding! Retro shoes and a vintage purse and necklace completed the look.

The wedding’s photo booth was the perfect place to try out new accessories! Hubby liked my hat.

Despite it’s inaccurate name, I am pleased with how my One Hour Dress eventually turned out! Let’s call it the “Two Day Dress” for future reference!



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