I kept looking at my 1924 one hour dress and thinking that it looked a little large on me. Since my next project was going to be made of out silk velvet and I was running late on making it (no time for a mock up), I decided that I had better go with a printed pattern this time. I lucked out on finding a very Art Deco design at Fabric.com, so I wanted to keep the dress design as basic as possible to show off the fabric better.
What I came up with was a vintage pattern for a basic day dress with short sleeves, a Peter Pan collar, and some applique detailing. I expect I will be getting some mileage out of that, since the pattern lends itself well to modification. For this gown, I left off the sleeves, and finished them with bias tape made from the material I had bought to make the slip from. I modified the neckline slightly so that it was large enough to pull over my head without an extra opening, and bound that with the bias tape as well. I added a detachable belt with discrete belt loops, and voila!
In the short amount of time I had, I wasn't having any luck finding either a vintage slip pattern or information that gave me a clear idea on the construction. So, I just winged it. It ended up being basically a tube of habotai silk with no fitting, held on by 1/2 inch straps. With my boyish figure, that worked fine.
The end result looked great. My only issue was the belt buckle. I wanted something sparkly, large, and square or rectangular to fit with the design of the fabric. I found a rhinestone buckle that looked great in theory. However, when I wore it, it was so heavy that it dragged the whole belt down. Still, overall, I am very happy with the dress.