Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Peacock 1930s Gown--Inspiration

The peacock gown is nearly finished. All the major seams have been completed, and all that's left is setting the zipper, hemming, and binding/finishing the neckline. The neckline is taking some tweaking; despite the muslin turning out perfectly, the drapey charmeuse is doing things that I hadn't expected around the bust and will need some extra reinforcement. And perhaps a decorative drape...with a peacock feather.

So, until the final unveil, the idea board for the gown:
Peacock 1930s Gown
A few notes--the ladies featured are Jean Harlow, who embodies the 1930s silky, sensual spirit so well, and Carole Lombard, who I happen to adore because she's a fellow Hoosier (and Clark Gable's self-reported one true love...despite his 8 marriages. Who can't admire that?)
The pattern is Vintage Vogue #2859. The silk is from (no, I'm not kidding) Happy Good Buy on ebay. It is, indeed, happy and good.
And the place? The location of the gown's debut, an early twentieth century resort in Indiana. Throughout the 1930s it was a fashionable retreat not only for Midwesterners but for politicians and Hollywood stars (including Clark and Carole). The ambience inspired me to create something vintage-esque and luxurious but also timeless.

7 comments:

Connie said...

I can't wait to see a photo of the completed gown.

Atlanta said...

What lovely inspiration! Anxious to see the finished dress!

Isis said...

oooooh, I look forward to see it!

Sharmon said...

Well, it's unanimous--I can't wait either! Lovely inspiration board--love those.

Hema P. said...

Now you have truly piqued my interest with all those lovely tidbits. Finish the dress and post a picture, already!! :-)

Rowenna said...

Thanks! Soon and very soon--the zipper is set and I need only to finish the hem (ugh) and the neckline binding/draping/adornment (can't wait to play with this!).

mesmered said...

Just found the most delightful paper-doll books of both Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow gowns . . . fantastic little things for $14.00 Australian. Also Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. Had to have KH for myself!

Can't wait for the gown reveal.