I am so very excited to be participating in Elisa’s Downton Sewing series today. I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey and have loved following along with the series so far. Along with the series is a daily giveaway, and today 3 winners will each receive a Baby Doll Basket Pattern from MADE, and our own Ruby Lou Doll Pattern to go along with it! You’ll be able to enter at the end of this post. You can also join with your own Downton inspired projects using the hashtag #downtonsewing on social media!
One of my favorite parts about the show is the fashion. Oh, the fashion! I think the costume designer must have one of the best jobs in the world! If I wasn’t pregnant, I would have loved to sew something for myself, but considering the 1920s maternity fashions, I don’t think I could quite pull off the tent look these days.
Luckily I was just as excited to sew a 1920s inspired dress for dear Lola. I wanted to stay true to 1920s fashion, while making a dress that Lola can wear now, and most importantly, I didn’t want it to look like a costume. Not too much to ask, right? ;)
The dress is self drafted, which is so easy now that I finally made a new bodice sloper to fit Lola. I also used it to make her Christmas dress, and I love that I can avoid making a muslin and know that the finished product will fit her great. It makes designing so much more fun!
I used a pink herringbone fabric that I bought in the clearance section at Jo-Ann a little while ago. It wasn’t great to sew with, but I lined the bodice with 100% cotton which gave it the stability it needed, and I love how it turned out in the end.
In true 1920s style, the dress has a simple silhouette, with a dropped waist and gathered skirt.
Lace was a huge part of fashion in the 20s, which inspired me to add a white lace bow, with the lace sewn to and wrapping around the waistband.
The v-neck also has just a peek of lace showing behind the pointed collar.
For the sleeves I added two little pleats at the top – I love simple details!
The back closure is three small white buttons, and the pointed collar continues around to the back neckline.
As you can see, Lola was full of energy during this photoshoot, hehe. I’ve learned that child-directed photoshoots are the best way to go to keep everyone involved happy (and sane), and I don’t think she stood still for more than half a second the entire time! It kept me running, which made her run even faster, and, well, the photos are proof of that!
Lola is such a light in my life and I just love her so much.