My daughter and I went to the glorious Hanami at Hakone event thrown by the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild. The day and the gardens could not have been more beautiful; it was great fun wandering the paths in a cloud of people who had put their all into their choice of Deco clothing or kimono (almost everyone chose Deco). I was blown away by the quality of the costuming; it was a wonderful, wonderful day.
My daughter is the beautiful one in the Hat. She is wearing one of the many variants of the Mary Boone Pickens “One-Hour Dress”. Do not believe Pickens. It is only a one-hour dress if you’re a professional seamstress who has made it multiple times before. It’s still reasonably speedy; the trickiest bit is getting the binding on the neck to look good. (I made my own silk charmeuse binding, because self-torture is my thing.)
I’m the one in blue; that’s the Decades of Style 1920s Tulip Kimono.. I simplified my life by serging a rolled edge on all the facings (the contrast print), The rolled edge looks like applied contrast piping, white in this case. Then I applied the facings from the back, folded over, and topstitched next to the rolled edge. If you follow the instructions, you have to do miles and miles of handsewing to secure the facings to the dress.
The hats were bought from Target and Amazon, then decorated with craft silk flowers and ribbon.
It’s not up to sydneyflapper’s standard, but I’m very pleased with the results.
Note: Many different people will sell you reproductions of one or more of the One-Hour Dress booklets; Google is your friend.
What a fabulous ensemble! I so envy people who can sew - I can barely thread a needle. You both look sublime, and what a setting!