Tuesday, November 19, 2013

1920s Headpiece

My hubby's Christmas work party is a Murder Mystery set in the 1920s.

I was determined not to spend a lot of money on costumes- mostly because we don't have it.

My character's name is Silky M. Adam because of the elegant silk gowns I wear to The Everlay Club that I own and operate.

After two trips to Goodwill I found the perfect dress. More on that in another post.

I have been researching by looking at old photos on Google. I went to Michaels to get supplies to make a headpiece. When I got home and searched my supplies I discovered I could make an adequate 1920s headpiece from what I had in my craft room already. Here are some of my inspiration photos. Although I couldn't find the main picture I used as inspiration for my headpiece.

I found some black and silver ribbon. I also had a silver decorative looped piece that was in a bin of things from an estate sale.

I measured the ribbon to fit around my head and cut it a little shorter. Then I hot glued the ends around a hair stretchy. I hot glued the silver ribbon along the top of the black ribbon.

I cut out a square of black fabric and used fusible interfacing to make it stronger. After ironing it together I cut it down and rounded the corners.

I used this as my base. I cut a bigger square from a black lining fabric and formed it into a flower and sewed it on top of the base. Then I sewed the silver decorative piece across the satin flower.

I had a baby food jar filled with antique buttons that I got from an estate sale.

I sewed those into place around the silver thread.

I used the previous silver ribbon and made two loops that I hot glued in place.

The big string of pearls is the only thing I purchased to make this headpiece. $.99
I attached the pearls by sewing them in place behind the silver design.

I decided to add another string of pearls that I had on hand and sewed them in place behind the base.

I hot glued and sewed the base onto the ribbon. I also hot glued little silver beads onto the black fabric to add a little more glitter.

I found the perfect shoes for $3 at Goodwill.

They are ugly, but perfect for the era.

I can't wait to show you the entire outfit. I think I'm a little too excited about it all.
I need to find a sharkskin suit for my lawyer husband. If anyone spots one let me know!

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