This is Sophia Khan writing a guest Historical Sew Fortnightly post. Like Erin I am also interested in early 20th century fashions. I decided to research Mina Loy a "Futurist, Dadaist, Surrealist, feminist, conceptualist, modernist, and post-modernist". She was part of a Bohemian circut of artists that lived in Greenwich Village and had a long and interesting life. I wanted to make a garment that embodied both her life and some of the verse contained in the poem Giovanni Franchi.
Some inspiration photos...
Ezra Pound, Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Kiki, Mina Loy, Jane Heap, Jean Cocteau, Martha Dennison and others, Jockey Club Paris 1923
Evelyn Brent in L.A. Circa Early 20s
Dress by Lucille 1923
On to my dress...
Challenge: 18, Poetry in Motion
Poem: Giovanni Franchi by Mina Loy
What: Gown and Underdress circa 1919-1923
Pattern: Original Butterick Pattern No 5568
Fabric: 7 Yards Printed Rayon Silk Blend and 3 Yards Black Cotton Silk Blend
Notions: Black Cotton Thread, 2 Black Snaps
How Historical Accurate: Around 90% sewing techniques and fabric was available by the late teens the only thing I am missing is a picot hem.
Time: About 20 hours
Cost: Around $140
First worn: To take photos
More info on the pattern to come!