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A Year of “Re”: Reclaim the Roaring ’20s

We are at the halfway point of this Year of “Re” and it’s time to “reclaim” something.  So far, I have “reinvented” a linen jumpsuit and scarf, I have “remade” a white broderie anglaise blouse, “repurposed” a couple of Turkish towels, “reimagined” art as garment, and “rehabilitated” a pile of Japanese indigo scraps. It’s been fun and illuminating to take existing pieces and “re” them into something new and different.

My prompt cards have been helpful as I begin each project. Each month I have picked the card first and let it inspire the project. This time, though, I had a project in mind and chose the card that seemed to capture the idea. While the card didn’t spark the idea, it did keep me focused as I was making decisions along the way.

A themed wedding

The invitation to my nephew’s wedding was the starting point for this month’s “Re” adventure. Attire for the event wasn’t going to be as easy as making a nice linen shift, as the bride and groom had decided to have a theme for the occasion. Guests were encouraged to dress in the style of the current Netflix British drama series, Peaky Blinders. If you, like me, are unaware of this program (I had to Google it), it is the story of gangs in Birmingham, England, during the 1920s.

Peaky Blinders logo
Photo: Peaky Blinders official Instagram channel.

I was confused about the appropriateness of a gangland story as a wedding theme, but apparently it was the costume period that was the inspiration for the theme—not the subject matter. (Whew!)

Three women wearing 1920s' flapper looks
Photo: Peaky Blinders official Instagram channel.
Woman in 1920s ensemble, wearing white stole over silky dress, long white gloves, chandelier earrings and smoking a cigarette
Photo: Peaky Blinders official Instagram channel.
1920s woman wearing a flower-trimmed straw hat, fur-trimmed drapey coat, pink dress, net gloves, and holding a drink.
The character Grace Burgess in Peaky Blinders. Photo: BBC

As I had already been “Googling,” I continued my…

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    ConnieR | | #1

    I missed this article... I love your marvelous creation!
    It got me laughing when I thought about my reworked project which became a tropical dress and purple beaded shawl for my daughter's relaxed wedding. However, when I showed it to her on the day before the wedding, she was horrified! Apparently she had a GRAY theme going for the wedding party but had FORGOTTEN TO TELL ME! Off we went to a pricey LA store for that perfect gray dress$$$. It was a wonderful wedding.

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      beckyf | | #3

      I hope the purple outfit got an outing!? But you know you can’t mess with brides!🤣

  2. Betty_Jo_Tatum | | #2

    Both the dress and the cocoon coat are stunners. I cannot imagine your not having other occasions to wear this fabulous outfit.

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      beckyf | | #4

      I’m on the look out for the right occasion.

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