Jazz age lawn party


On Sunday I went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island with Kristin and Ashley. It was quite fun to pretend we’d gone back in time, to sit on the grass with our picnic and listen to music, to dance a bit, and most of all to admire everyone’s outfits.


This dress was a quick project I made in Brattleboro while Prima was working. Another old sari, bias cut and designed around the decorative edging, with serger binding in red thread. I love the fabric and I had fun playing with the decoration. But something went a bit wrong with the center triangle. The embroidered pallu at the end of the sari was narrow, and I wanted a long thin triangle anyway, one that would extend from the v-neck to a dropped waist and be no wider than my hips. But I wanted the squares of the embroidery to line up, so the angle of the center panel changes after the first square, making weird little corners. Also, the central triangle turns out to be a sort of awkward shape anyway – if I did it again I would have the triangle extend all the way to the hem and give up on keeping the top square intact.┬áBut the embroidered sari fabric makes up for a lot and I do like a dropped waist. It may not be particularly flattering, but that’s not it’s purpose – it’s an exaggerated, playful style that’s more about having fun than about showing off your body. And we did have fun.


I also decorated my hat to match! I bought a cheap paper cloche from the hat guy on the corner, ripped off the hideous polyester band, made a new one from a bit of silk left over from my dress, and clipped it in place with a feathered hairpin.


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6 Responses to Jazz age lawn party

  1. erin says:

    It’s such a lovely, lovely dress, the fabric is gorgeous. And the best part is the bias drape, bias cut dresses like this often evoke a time gone by. I have a weakness for bias cut dresses and skirts. You styled the dress wonderfully too, the red shawl you draped over it was perfect to pick up the red accent on the print and to cap it off, you look great in the hat. In all, it was very flapper girlish!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks! I do love anything bias cut. The red shawl was really because I was sunburned from the day before and trying to keep my shoulders covered. I’m glad it worked with the outfit!

  2. Kristin says:

    You look so great, and you know, I didn’t notice any issues with the center triangle. I thought you looked fantastic and I love the fabric. And your hat is still perfect. :-)

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you! The main problem with the center triangle was these pointy corners that required an insane amount of pressing. I didn’t think I ever really got them flat, so I’m happy to hear you didn’t notice.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Such a pretty dress! and I love the photo with that beautiful car. You look like you just stepped away from some dreamy Gatsby party :)

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