Vintage Vivant – Storyville


Photo by Norah Thomas: 1920s Reproduction Envelope Chemise

I am playing catch up now that I have a functioning computer with a big monitor.


I posted something on Storyville back in May but I neglected to post pictures of my finished project.  I was able to reproduce an envelope chemise out of some cotton that I cut off a maxi length sundress and the border to a christening gown (For a tiny garment you would have never expected two yards of trim). The difficulty was finding ivory ribbon to trim the garment with during bridal season.


The dressing gown was a Saver’s find.  I lowered and replaced the original ties with ribbon to give it a drop waist appearance. The headpiece was made out of the last of the trim and fake flowers from Saver’s.  The handbag was pieced from scraps.



Photo by Devaki Knowles - On Left- Reproduction headpiece, envelope chemise and sheer dressing gown