Posts Tagged ‘ dress ’

Mollie Parnis met Ann Sunshine and Naomi Wise

I was trying to learn more about this spectacular party dress that just didn’t fit me. Its waist is too teeny tiny.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Mollie Parnis, American gem. Designed for First Ladies. Tons of silk.

Expensive from the time she started. And she never told her age.

Lots of her work endured. Oh wow!

This peach day dress.

This polka-dotted silk day dress.

This beaded cocktail dress.

One more day dress.

And the ladies who originally sold it, Ann Sunshine & Naomi Wise, incorporated in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1954.

They sold all sorts of exclusive.

Navy lace cocktail dresses.

Green lace cocktail dress over purple.

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Damn damn damn tiny waist!

Look what I found.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Purple, rustly party dress.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Dropped waist, square neck, little  cap sleeves, back straps I’ve never seen before.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Feels and moves and sounds like silk taffeta.

And it’s made by a talented designer, sold originally in an exclusive shop.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

But damnit! The tiny waist! The teeny tiny waist.

I can’t risk hurting it. I love this dress too much to harm it. Someone else should have it.

This isn’t a real infinity dress!

Got fooled by Butterick.

Their new B5606 looked like one of those old infinity — you can wear this dress 72 ways! — dress patterns. I just sold a vintage black knit infinity dress because it was just too big for me, and was excited to give it another try.

Alas. This is just a tank dress with long knit wings, I discovered at the store.

Serves me right for ignoring the line drawing.

So excited about this dress

This Butterick 5277.

Raglan sleeve, darts for easy shaping, nice neckline and length, not too fancy. Belts and collar all optional:

Cut a muslin out last night from some khaki polished cotton I thrifted at the Unique in Markham, like $2 for 3 or 4 yards.

Once it fits, there’ll be no stopping me. It’s such a necklace dress. It uses only 1.5 yards of fabric, plus 1.5 of lining, so I can make it in posh things.

I already have some polka dotted polished cotton. Maybe add some piping for top and sleeve edges?

Some lightweight denim

Some black polished cotton

And some dark purple twill.

Long dress all done

Took a beloved T-shirt pattern and lengthened it into a solid gray dress I will wear all spring.

gray long dress

Raglan sleeves, nice scoop neck that’s not too deep, long length, ruching around bumpy middle. That part photographs terribly:

gray long dress

And I did the hem with a band I sewed onto the dress’ wrong side at the bottom so there’s texture.

The style was inspired by a thrifted wool-blend dress that went down to my feet. And there’s enough old gray Gaffney’s knit leftover to make something else.

Lousy bosom wrecks all my fun: the 28 Shop version

And now this, too. A number from Marshall Field’s The 28 Shop. It won’t quite fit over my bosom and ribs. Feels like silk, too. Typical.

dress 28 shop

I’ve just learned that the 28 Shop, named for its 28 dressing rooms AND the 28 E. Washington address of said elevator, was a big big deal, thanks to thanks this book published through the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

One of the most elaborate changes in the retailing space of the State Street Store occurred in 1941 with the opening of The 28 Shop, a new fashion salon dedicated to America designers, since World War II ended the availability of European (primarily French) designers.

To make the space both elegant and exciting, the store engaged designer Joseph Platt, scenographer for Gone With the Wind, to create a sleek rotunda (appointed with Louis Quinze gilt and garlands) surrounded with large mirrored fitting rooms, each with a different design, ranging from stylish bamboo to the richness of Oriental rugs.

The opening of The 28 Shop was the social event of the season, when Chicago’s smart set arrived in limousines at the door of 28 East Washington Street and rode private elevators to the rarified comforts of Chicago’s most exclusive dress shop.

And a photo, from RememberingMarshallFields.blogspot.com:

Here’s one of the 28 fitting rooms there, decorated in 14 two-of-a-kind styles — lace, bamboo, pink-and-beige, etc. — so if the dressing room with your favorite decor is occupied, there’s an identical one you can use. Also, 28 Shop special china. Ah, the luxury …

Bound: purple sweater dress

Bound and ready to go.

scoop neck dress done

The scoop neck came out great.

purple sweater dress scoop neck

The only think I don’t love is the buttons.

buttons i don't love

Will give them a run, maybe change them out after wearing.

Bias binding strips pinned right on.

purple sweater dress bindings pinned

Sewed right on, about 3/8 inch from the edge, with a little zigzag.

purple sweater dress bindings sewn

Trimmed and voila!