So ages ago - was it May? (I am so behind) we had a group outing to see the Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur in Delaware. Everyone dressed in teens or 20s and we saw the exhibit, had a picnic, and then spent a bunch of time tromping around the gorgeous grounds in smaller groups. It was so much fun, the weather could not have been more perfect, and the company was also great.
For my dress, I had bought a couple of the 1-hour dress books to study since I know little about the 20s styles other than that 1) I like them and 2) I'm not convinced I have the right figure for them.
The fabrics mentioned in the 1 hour dress books included "flannel" - not being a 20s expert, I don't know (and even doubt?) that means the same thing as today's flannel... but hey, flannel can be soft and lightweight and I found some pretty pale pink striped stuff for cheap, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up using the wrong side of the fabric because it was not as strongly colored.
After following the 1 hour dress measurement system, I realized that the body of the dress was about 3 inches wide. So I threw out those directions and just used Jen Thompson's 1 hour dress blog as a guide and it worked perfectly. So consult the 1 hour book so you have an idea what they are doing and then use her more realistically scaled measurements. OR have SUPER wide fabric - then you'll be fine with the 1 hour measurements. http://www.festiveattyre.com/2014/01/downton-esque-1-hour-dress.html
You can see the results below, worn with a vintage cloche I got on ebay ages ago and that added a new lining to (to protect the original shattered one which is safely inside), my vintage Victorian jet necklace (probably glass?), and since they were good for early 20s as well as Edwardian, American Duchess shoes. I wore white stockings after googling 20s stocking colors and finding white represented there. I also used my Titanic "flying" replica bag I got ages ago from a seller that is no longer in business. And I also used a Chinese parasol I bought online a while ago.
Picture by and vintaged up by Isabella, taken in front of the backdrop provided by the museum
Amanda, doing a Lady Mary face
Doug and Mike, Gloria's husband also came along in Muggle clothes to be sherpas and enjoy the weather.
Now that the picnicking is done, let's stroll the grounds, shall we?
These are for Judy who I know looooves azaleas!
Isabella and I photographing each other:
These peonies were gorgeous. Here are a lot of pictures of them:
First garden, was the Enchanted Garden, meant for kids - but was really magical and adorable. We all really liked it.
We all crammed into the little house and took a selfie:
Bird's nest with giant fake eggs!
Shoeshot! I wore sneakers - no way could I do so much walking with my knees in heels!
There are faeries living here!
There was a mirror behind this door:
Next my favorite garden - the Quarry Garden. Pictures don't do it justice.
The view from one end of the quarry:
And those were the highlights of the day! Exhibit photos to come!