1920s Chiffon Dress With Rose Applique

1920s Chiffon Dress With Rose Appliqué

This is my sheer 1920s chiffon dress with appliqued pink roses.

1920s roses chiffon dress

I followed these 1920s sewing instructions for the rose appliques.

1920s chiffon dress

But instead of chiffon velvet on chiffon, I used georgette on chiffon.

1920s roses flower dress

At first I feared the chiffon would distort terribly while appliqueing the roses but it went better than expected.

appliqued chiffon rose 1920s dress

Instead of basting the georgette to the dress – as the 1920s instructions recommend – I just pinned the georgette rectangle to the chiffon. Then I stitched the rose petals freehand roughly like the roses of the 1920s dress. This way all my roses look a bit different – but I like it because it looks so natural.

I zigzaged round each rose petal before I cut the georgette away. Appliques in the 1920s were often done with a tiny zigzag stitch as here. After washing the dress, the edges frayed a bit but the applique is still securely attached.

mint green slip 1920s dress

As the dress is sheer, it can be worn with different colored slips. Here I’m wearing it with a mint green slip. In the pictures above I’m wearing a pink satin slip underneath.

green slip 1920s sheer dress

And here I’m wearing it with an apple-green slip. The light isn’t perfect to show the colors of the slips: Usually, the colors show through more than in these pictures.

1920s dress

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

Here you’ll find my tutorial for a 1920s imitation picot hem which I used to finish the hem of this dress.

2 thoughts on “1920s Chiffon Dress With Rose Applique

  1. Congratulations, Lina! Your dress turned out lovely. I love the choice of deep pink roses for your appliques. And I am so impressed that you used georgette and chiffon. I can see the green and the pink of the slips peeking through in your pictures – it’s subtle, but definitely the colors do show. How fun to use different colored slips. Love the cloche too!

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