The Marcasite Dress

March 6, 2016

Christmas 2014 was a great holiday for me.  My hubby dearest 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 silk charmeuse

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 silk charmeuse lace

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 used the top part for a wrap top base.

Simplicity 2091

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, so 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 dress close up brooches

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, as where they 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 lace silk charmeuse dress

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

Until next time,

Porcelina said...

That is just divine!! Clever lady x

Mim said...

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

Cate said...

Very lovely dress and the dress clips are gorgeous! The pattern looks very much like one from the Vintage Fashion Library on Etsy - I have one from them and it's in a white A4 envelope with a black and white image attached to the front.

tubby3pug said...

those are beautiful and you look just gorgeous

Patricia Lynn said...

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

Jessica Cangiano said...

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

♥ Jessica

Patricia Lynn said...

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

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