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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.

Marcasite brooches on silk

The Jewelry

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.

Marcasite brooches on silk and lace

The Dress

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.

1930s vintage dress pattern

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.

Marcasite brooch on 1930s evening gown

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.

1930s reproduction dress

Perhaps next post I may chat about the 1940s dance I attended at the Ebell.


7 comments so far.

7 responses to “THE MARCASITE DRESS”

  1. Porcelina says:

    That is just divine!! Clever lady x

  2. Mim says:

    That looks beautiful. It really does complement those dress clips superbly.

  3. Cate says:

    Very lovely dress and the dress clips are gorgeous! The pattern looks very much like one from the Vintage Fashion Library on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VtgFashionLibrary. I have one from them and it's in a white A4 envelope with a black and white image attached to the front.

  4. tubby3pug says:

    those are beautiful and you look just gorgeous

  5. admin says:

    Cate, you could be right, but I know I didn't buy it from Etsy. Were they originally not on Etsy?

  6. Absolutely stunning! The orchid pin literally made me gasp aloud.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. admin says:

    Thank you, Jessica. My boy hit a home run with these.

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