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Date: 3/24/11 4:39 PM

I'm going to a convention in Chicago in 2 weeks. Every year, the major manufacturers that present at the convention throw lavish parties in very high-brow places. (One year, I had cocktails and schmoozed next to the Hope Diamond in DC, if that gives you an idea!)

This year, we are being whisked away to an undisclosed Chicago restaurant and then to a 1920s speak-easy style party. It's not formal, and period attire wasn't suggested.... BUT! I'm such a sucker for a theme party, and the 20s are my favorite decade. I'd like to do it up at bit. I'm looking for a pattern (possibly vintage or repro) that would accomplish looking somewhat modern while being very reminiscent of the 20s. Preferably something with a drop waist. It should be dressy, but doesn't need to be formal.

Any ideas from those of you who know vintage patterns better than I? Suggestions on patterns are welcomed! Thanks in advance!
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Date: 3/24/11 4:56 PM

Folkwear #214 1927 Tea Frock
Folkwear #264 Monte Carlo Dress
Folkwear #237 Tango Dress

All 3 patterns are 1920s period and have a drop waist. The tea frock, done up in a nice drapey rayon might work well.

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Date: 3/24/11 6:41 PM

What about this one?

Decades of style zig zag dress

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Date: 3/24/11 6:56 PM

I am mighty tempted by this dress from the current issue of BurdaStyle (04/2011). I wish I had a 20s themed event to make it for! I like that it is definitely 20s inspired, but is not a be-fringed flapper costume--not that there's anything wrong with that, as I have such a dress in my costume closet. (Note that the darker shaded fabric on the line drawing is an underlay as shown in the photo--it is not cut to the navel.)




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In reply to ginnie.wise <<


Date: 3/24/11 10:40 PM

Two weeks isn't much time. It depends on how much effort and money you want to expend, but if you're going for maximum effect, why not get either a the real thing like
this, or one of the fine reproductions here.

It's hard to fake the spirit of these extraordinary dresses and get it right.

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