Christmas 2014 was a great holiday for me. My hubby gifted me with a mini-collection of marcasite brooches, supposedly by Theodor Fahrner (the hallmarks are hard to read.) I received two brooches and a clip-pin, which has two dress clips that you can also mount onto a pin frame, making a brooch. They were so lovely that I immediately needed to make a dress to complement them.
As I had a dinner dance to attend, I thought I’d make a formal 1930s evening gown. Given marcasite jewelry is known for its dark and light grey appearance, I thought I’d make a black lace gown with a light grey silk charmeuse slip. With the purchase of a vintage marcasite buckle to complete my supplies, I was ready to begin.
I used this pattern from Simplicity 2091. I for the life of me can’t find where I ordered this reproduction from. It was so long ago that I bought it and I’ve trolled the usual sites and haven’t found it for reference. I bought it back in 2011 and, at one time, used the top part as the basis for a wrap top.
This pattern required very few adjustments for me (other than sizing up) and came together quite easily. It is hard to see what the neckline looks like below as I distorted the natural flow with my marcasite dress clips clamping the charmeuse slip underneath. When I wore it below it was for a 1940s dance. At the time I wanted to mimic a sweetheart neckline. The first time I wore the dress clips without gripping the slip and it followed the v-neckline above.
For the slip I used my usual Folkwear 219 – Intimacies. I would like the dress better if I adjusted the pleats more in the front bodice. Where the pleats cross over it makes the dress look very dark – a fairly stark contrast given the sheer lace. However, it is a fun and pretty dress to wear.