Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meet Mylena Star....


She's poised.

She's graceful.

She's mysterious.

She's also fictitious. :) Mylena Star was a character I got to play at my friend's "Gatsby" themed birthday party! Each of us were given a character to play in a story, and we had to solve a murder mystery by getting information out of each other.
Emily had been planning this party for a few months, and I was excited when she first told me about it, because I knew I would *finally* start working on my 1920's dress. But I kept putting it off, and filling my time elsewhere, that when the invitation arrived, and it was only a week and a half before the party, I was kind of frantic that I wouldn't have time to finish the dress!

I decided that I'd have to abandon the idea of studying up on correct construction for the dress, and just work with the materials I had already. So while this dress isn't exactly accurate, it's very much 1920's inspired. :)

The dress started as a modern day formal dress I picked up at a thrift store. I pulled it out many times since I first got it, and attempted to construct something out of it, but it just never came together quite right. Having a deadline was one of the best things that happened to it. :)

In the end, the lining of the original dress stayed almost the same, with just some tucks added inside to pull it up higher (I didn't want to cut it just in case I end up reconstructing it at some point), and the skirt pieces got moved to the top of the bodice, creating that shapeless 1920's look. The straps are the old bodice back pieces. It closes with a zipper for the lining, and a hook and eye for the overlay.
Mmmmm...... beading!!!!!

All in all... it took me two afternoons to complete. I was fairly happy with how it came out... still had some faults, but it worked. The next day we went shopping for jewelry and make-up, and played with our hair (finger waves don't work so well with long hair...), and when I added all those things, I really loved the outfit. :)
A couple days ago my sister obligingly took some photos of me at our local historic opera house. They have a really picturesque room, that just works great for photo shoots!
Below are some photos of the actual party - there was a photo booth set up with headbands, pearls, fake cigarettes, and boas, and of course, we all took advantage of the props for some crazy 1920's photos. :)
^She's one of my favoritest friends. Ever.^
 The trio
And for those wondering, Kathryn's *fabulous* dress came from Unique Vintage. Isn't it incredible?!? Sadly, I don't know where Emily got her amazing dress, so I can't credit it here.
Thanks to Marty for catching this moment - laughter is the best!
And finally, one picture of the entire group.
Yep, we're crazy. And we know it. And we love it.
:)
Thanks, Emily, for having us to your fabulous party! It was so much fun, and finally gave me the excuse to work on this dress! :)


32 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Katelyn, for the sweet comment!

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  2. Oh I love your outfit! So cool and what a neat birthday party idea. Totally awesome <3

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    1. It was a fantastic party! I'm not very familiar with The Great Gatsby, but it made for an awesome theme!

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  3. That is sooo pretty!! Very 20's! Looks like a fun party! :-)

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  4. Oh wow. You are gorgeous! The outfit is a stunner. Such fun! I love a good mystery party, and a 1920s themed one sounds fabulous. :D

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! I am really into mystery parties now - they are loads of fun!

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  5. Lovely! I'm so glad you finally made that dress. It was far too pretty to keep sitting in the pile. ;-)

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    1. :) You're right... it was too pretty to be in the pile for 2 years. :)

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  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You look like you just came out of Gatsby :)

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  7. Great Job!!!! I am really into the 1930's and I know a lot about the 20s fashions. You did a great job on the dress but like you said it is inspired. =) Looks like it was a great party!

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    1. It would be so much fun to study up on correct construction, especially with 20's coming out of the 19-teens, where the construction was so complex! Thanks for the comment!

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    2. So totally! I wish I had all the time I wanted to sew clothes from so many different times in history. But we do what we can=) I have been doing a lot of sewing for my little sisters lately, I think it would be so mush fun to sew them 1930's dresses but I have not tried it yet =)

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    3. Ahhhh! Little girl 1930's dresses?! *melt* I have a weakness for little girl vintage dresses. :)

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  8. absolutely perfect Tara, I have seen some 20's pics from my parents etc and it looks very authentic. Great pictures of the group and the three of you. I think you can go on the road! love, Oma

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  9. This photoshoot is too beautiful! Honestly it rocks! You look really authentic and somehow remind me of Lady Sybil on some of these pics ;) I would really love to attend a party like that, great idea!

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    1. Everyone knows how much I like Lady Sybil, so it's a huge compliment when people say I look like her, so thank you!! My sister really did an awesome job on this photo shoot. I was super pleased with how they came out! Thanks for the comment!

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    2. I think the place also added a lot of old charm to the pics, but either way, you're lucky to have such talented sister. You two make a perfect duo! ;)

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    3. Yep, I am one lucky girl to be sure! :) We are really blessed to have such picturesque locations near us too! :)

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  10. Oh how wonderfully beautiful! Your hair, make-up, jewelery, dress!!! Wow! Everything is so perfect! What a fun time you must have had!
    Blessings!
    Gina

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  11. Wow! You guys look so amazing! That is very cool. :)

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  12. How beautiful!!! I LOVE the 1920s :D Your dress is GORGEOUS!!! I just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. I would love for you to accept it but I understand if you don't want to :) The details are on my blog here http://cherishingmyrole.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-liebster-awardor-two.html

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  13. Oh too fun! I too would like to award you the Liebster Award! You are so very inspirational! For more information, please look here:
    http://beauty4ashes7.blogspot.com/2014/06/liebster-award.html
    Blessings!
    Gina

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  14. I simply wanted to let you know, this 1920's recreation is absolutely stunning!!!! I love every detail :)

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