This year it's green and it's velvet, and it's all the fault of these shoes...
|"Gabrielle" 1940s suede and crystal pumps. Merciful heavens. $160|
...the most beautiful shoes in the world. These are "Gabrielle" by Miss L Fire, a brand any vintage fashion enthusiast will have no doubt heard of. We carry a small selection of Miss L Fire at Royal Vintage, and while photographing these shoes for the shop, I fell madly in love and ended up buying my own product.
They're so beautiful it hurts. Unfortunately I had/have absolutely nothing to wear them with, so off to Mill End I went to find a matching color fabric for an over-the-top evening gown mind-designing itself in my head.
Fabric acquired, time to figure out how to make the thing. The vision I have involved shirring, puff sleeves, and a bias-cut skirt, but I can't find a pattern! That means drape-enstein-ing one together, and quickly. More on that later.
In the meantime, inspiration!
|Source unknown - this one has the same type of sleeves as the purple gown above it|
|Guermantes Vintage on Etsy|
|Dear Golden on Etsy|
|Dita Von Teese in stunning vintage velvet - Vogue|
|Valentina, 1939 - The Met|
|Molyneux, 1935 - Kyoto Costume Institute|
|Dear Golden Vintage on Etsy|
|Rococo Vintage on Etsy|
I guess I'd better get to work!