Today’s Gents and Dames entry comes from Leigh who loves to research all her clothing before making them. Her attention to historical detail is very evident in her tea dress. I love how she reshaped a 50’s hat too. So many eras can be reworked into earlier or later trends. Very thrifty Leigh!
Name: Leigh G.
Location: New Zealand
About Me: I have been collection 1920’s fashion items for around 10 years now and am fortunate to live close by to the Art Deco Capital of the world, Napier in Hawkes Bay, NZ. Napier has an amazing Art Deco ‘weekend’ (about 5 days) every February where folk come from all over the world to don their 20s/30s vintage and play. Have a look at the videos on Some of my costumes are original pieces but the majority are reproduction I sew myself with the addition of original accessories. I do a lot of research into the period to create as authentic a look as possible. My husband shares my passion and is equally pedantic about getting it ‘exactly right’ I can’t abide the new Gatsby movie as there are so many costume gaffs and is not that difficult to be accurate. The most difficult accessories are headpieces, many of the beaded caps only have a muslin foundation and have been too fragile to last the distance.
About My Outfit:
This particular outfit is a 1922 replica of an afternoon tea dress which I made out of satin bed sheets with the addition of original vintage lace from the period and a vintage buckle. The hat is actually a 1950s which I re-shaped. The car is a 1930 Rolls Royce which also happened to be our wedding car!
Where I Shop: I used an original Pictograf pattern for the basic shape and added a few design variations of my own.
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