What does it take to look like Phryne?
I wanted to know, so I started to research “the look.” The historical costuming club to which I belong, frequently has held, or participated in 1920’s era gatherings. This was special however. My well known twin, Lady Victoria of Essex, was asking me to look into the possibilities of getting something together in time for summer. She was coordinating attendance with The Brits for the All British Field Meet in July of 2018.
This is no minor activity. This is a distinguished showing of classic thru contemporary British motors. Her image was likely to be captured with Bentley, Rolls, Jags and more. Whatever I came up with, needed to be suitable for my famous twin.
With limited sources for fabrics in Seattle, either a trip to California or New York seemed to be looming in the future. NOTHING I had checked on from etsy or ebay had enough yardage for the pieces that need to be created. Now what?
A road trip to Oregon seemed my next best choice. A mutual friend of ours had mentioned a location near the state line. The she and hubby were heading there to shop in preparation to gather fabrics for a King Henry VIII outfit. Good golly, surely a 1920’s outfit would be easier?
So early in the day, I hopped into the carpool for the 3hr ride, arriving to a magnificent warehouse. Oh the delights found indoors! Within the hour, 2 entire garment sets of fabric had been cobbled together – top and matching pants, fabric for a duster, silk dress and matching silk lining with handkerchief bottom hemline, plus another duster. Amazing fabrics. Wonderful colors. Prices not to be found anywhere in the Seattle area. The efforts of our friends and the king outfit… still a work in progress.
The trip was well worth it! When does sewing commence? When an inspiration pattern arrives by mail. Should be soon. I will post efforts as we go along. Can’t wait to see Lady Victoria all decked out as she strolls with her bodyguard at her side. Should make for some stellar images…