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Workshop Teaches How to Make Flapper Dress in One Hour
Just in time for Halloween costume making, this authentic 1923 method of dressmaking teaches modern designers and dressmakers how to duplicate the stylish look of a 1920's gown in as little as an hour.
The workshop is based on the classic 1923 publication The One Hour Dress by Mary Brooks Picken and includes a brief lecture on 1920's fashion, a light tea, and a live dressmaking demonstration with opportunities for participants to review all of the instructions and take the measurements needed to create their own flapper dresses at home.
“This method is easy enough for a complete beginner to make a simple costume in a few hours, but versatile enough for a more experienced seamstress to use in creating dozens of very accurate 1920's designs,” says Barbara Pugliese, co-director of the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers. “Best of all, this particular style feels so current that it's more than just a costume. Every woman is going to want one in her closet for her next cocktail reception or holiday party.”
The workshop is being offered as a prelude to the Black Cat Speakeasy, a 1920's themed Halloween ball to be held at Corinthian Hall on October 30, 2010, where participants are encouraged to wear 1920's style clothing.
Workshop admission is $15 and includes a complete copy of the original 1923 One Hour Dress booklet, along with several color fashion plates from the era. Tickets for the workshop, as well as the Black Cat Speakeasy, can be purchased by visiting www.vintagedancers.org.
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The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers is a Boston nonprofit dedicated to researching, teaching, and performing the social dances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. CVD hosts historical balls, dance and costume workshops, and Victorian teas and outings.