1920s Artificial Silk Georgette Polka Dot Dress

1920s Artificial Silk Georgette Polka Dot Dress

That’s my 1920s art silk pink and white polka dot dress.

1920s polka dot dress

I’ve used a 100% viscose/ rayon georgette fabric. Rayon was used in the 1920s as replacement for silk.

My main inspiration was this sheer 1920s dress: I’ve also wanted to tie my sleeve cuffs but I hadn’t enough fabric left, so I’ve sewn the cuffs that they appear to be tied.

1920s silk georgette dress tied sleeve cuffs

I’ve based my scalloped hem on this 1927 fashion plate: Again I hadn’t enough fabric left for the belt, but I’ve made a detachable bow for the shoulder, as here. This 1920s ad shows a similar rose-colored dress. The slip which is worn underneath can also be seen. I’m wearing a pink satin slip. Here’s a 1926 pattern for a similar dress.

I’m also wearing my freshly starched 1920s white chiffon cloche hat.

1920s georgette chiffon dress

The front skirt is cut like a circle skirt …

1920s sheer silk summer dress

… while the back part of the skirt is cut as a rectangle. The skirt is gathered at the hips.

1920s scalloped hem dress

The dress has a scalloped hem.

sew 1920s scalloped hem imitation picot hem

The scallops are finished with an imitation picot hem. In the 1920s, a picot hem was the usual hem finish for thin, sheer fabrics, such as chiffon, georgette, and silk crepe.

1920s georgette dress bias bound neckline

The neckline is finished with self-fabric bias binding – the typical 1920s neckline finish. I’ve attached the bias binding by hand, so that no stitches are visible on the outside.

1920s dress gathered shoulder seam

The front of the dress is gathered at the shoulder.

1920s dress inside view shoulder seam
Inside view of shoulder seam

All the seams are finished with french seams.

1920s dotted dress

After finishing the dress, I’ve added two rows of gathering at each shoulder as the dress didn’t drape well without.

1920s summer dress

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