(Closed) Downton Abbey / Gatsby Bridesmaid inspiration?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 5
433 posts
Helper bee

I would recommend a seamstress. I imagine you want something like this, correct?

My chief bridesmaid’s dress was created from a 1930s vintage pattern. I paid for it, as this is the proper thing to do in the UK and in my family. The dresses below are from the pre-World War I era (approximately 1913). There is a big difference between the Edwardian era, the mid-to-late 1920s (flapper dresses were much shorter, but never shorter than knee-length), and the 1930s when asymmetrical and bias-cut dresses became popular.

I’ll try to find some patterns and fashion illustrations from the different decades for you.

Post # 6
433 posts
Helper bee

Post-World War I Dresses from 1918 McCall’s Magazine


1922 Fashions from Les Modes Elegantes: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/85/278593218_ef34432e90.jpg

Mid 1920s: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3592/3382936595_4462ee0490.jpg

In the 1930s, hemlines became longer again, and dresses were very sleek and cut on the bias. It created a beautiful and very slender silhouette. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_W4dlDe4EAYg/SsACp9pXIHI/AAAAAAAAAc4/qHCDuTj8ggg/s400/girdles_40s.jpg

If you decide to go with a 1930s silhouette, you may be able to find a modern dress or get a pattern. Here is a great one from Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98633933/vintage-sewing-pattern-1930s-evening?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=1930s+evening+dress&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=handmade or this one:


You could also try the Victorian Trading Company Web site. They have vintage-inspired dresses such as this one that might work: http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/1a/i16985.html






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