|embroidered evening gown, c.1920|
|House of Worth, c1925|
Then while doing research for an entirely different project, I found this Poiret from 1921. It was the last straw that broke my "don't buy more fabric or start stupid projects" willpower, and with a whole Saturday in front of me (t-minus seven days until the event) off to the fabric store I went!
|"robe sabat" by Paul Poiret, 1921|
|back view of train|
As I mentioned in my previous post, Poiret was known for draping and using rectangles as the base for his designs, which meant that I could use a very easy base and then experiment on my dress form from there until I found a look I liked. This was a great fit for my schedule (which never happens! hooray!), as I got most of the measuring/cutting done that Saturday and then could drape/pin/tack down haphazardly throughout the week when I had time.
|draping the bodice (I pinned the train on to try and mimic the final weight from the shoulders as I played with the shoulder pleats)|
|draping the back|
|tasseled sleeves and a train!|
|trying to sit elegantly|
This was a silly project, but it turns out what I needed to get a boost back into sewing after my crazy summer was some Poiret--not a period or aesthetic I'm usually drawn to, but maybe that's what made it work. Hooray, novelty!
|I just really love trains on stairs|