I will start with the above photo , a dress I made for a silent film screening fundraiser at the Mission Inn , Riverside CA. .
The dress was inspired by my favorite film star Marrie Dressler , who made all her own fashions , both onscreen & off . She was an amazing woman that embraced her size , age & personality , to become the biggest boxoffice earner of her day . Her crazy expressions , way of working her not-so-tiny self around the screen & genuine warmth & humor made her a bigger draw than any of the glamorous starlettes that shared the screen .
She was also an advocate for the rights & wages of all performers , leading to her being blacklisted & nearly ruined , but she never backed down & held her ground speaking up for the rights of other less known actors & dancers .
Anyways , about the dress ...
Now for the overdress , I did some more creative cutting here , I pieced the skirt front to use the border print to best advantage . I also cut the criss cross bodice front on the printed border to get the most out of the fabric design . Then I added a flange to the sleeve edge of the dotted net for a little vintage flair .
You can see the no longer rosey pink underdress showing , and a vintage style fabric flower with some knotted silk ribbon loops finish it all off perfectly ... well almost .
oh NO - the overdress is cut loose , I mean WOW , really loose . It would fit Marrie herself !
Sew ... I flipped it inside out & took a good amount off each side seam , from cuff to hem .
and there we have it ! a $5 cloche I found on clearance at Target , trimmed with a vintage taupe millinery spray & some wide silk ribbon i had on hand .
some vintage Peter Fox Edwardian style shoes & off we went !