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<Fontcolor=saddlebrown><H4>Twenties Cape and Dress


Twenties Cape and Dress


This delightful daytime ensemble for Bleuette is derived from two La Semaine de Suzette patterns from the early 1920's. They are simple to make. The cape is completely lined in the same fabric as the dress. The hood can be worn up or down. The bodice is lined, and the ruffles are cut double, so there is no tedious hemming. I made it in a patterned linen and thin, fine velveteen.

The original instructions in the 1922 La Semaine de Suzette for the dress pattern gave some lovely ideas for fabrics and colors! For the dress, it was suggested that one could use velvet, taffeta or satin! Suggested color combinations include: marine blue and straw blue; red and pink; violet and mauve; chestnut and beige. They also mentioned to cut the bodice in a very sharp, clear color such as orange, empire green or cherry, and then to make the skirt in a lighter color such as: sky blue with the orange or cherry; pink or mauve with empire green. They mention that sharp contrasts of color being very popular, that the greatest vogue that season was combinations of black and white. And another charming suggestion was to make the skirt plaid, and the bodice one of the darker colors of the skirt.

The directions for the cape, which is a pattern from 1921, state that the hood lining would be very beautiful in a striped, floral or plaid silk. Fabrics suggested were cotton velvet, wool velvet (I think this means a soft wool with a brushed finish), and gabardine

Price = 7.00 USD

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