Behind the Seams: Construction Details from Dear Golden



It’s time for our monthly dose of vintage yumminess courtesy of Lauren at Dear Golden! We loved the last two posts so much, we decided to give them an official title with a rare use of a sewing pun, “Behind the Seams.”

Today we are looking at a 1920’s beaded shift made from dreamy peach colored silk georgette and lined in silk crepe de chine.


Don’t you just wish you could stroll through an English garden on a breezy summer evening in this dress? Well, I sure do. Let’s look more closely at some of those handsewn details!




If you’d like to own a lovely frock like this, checkout what Lauren has in the DearGolden shop on Etsy.

 photos by Lauren Naimola of DearGolden

Rachel Rasmussen   —  

Rachel is a nerdy Oregon native with a philosophy degree and classical dance background. She fancies her personal style to be quirky sophistication, focusing on the importance of fit while adding special touches of handmade embellishments. She is also a connoisseur of whiskey and nap-taker extraordinaire.

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Snap plackets! I dislike zippers and have a “fear” of using them in a side seam. I never thought of using snaps instead.


Voice of Experience: throw in a couple hooks-and-eyes as well, especially right at the waistline. A combination works best: hooks and eyes or threadloops keep the snaps from popping under stress, and snaps keep the hooks from unhooking in the slack areas.

Juli Williams

I’ve got roses just that color. I love the dress. The handwork is gorgeous.


Lord…I WANT that dress!!!


Love love love the bead work!


The details are lovely. I like the hand sewn finishings and the snap fasteners. I wonder why snap fasteners went out of style.


Oh wow, that is one pretty dress. I wish that I will someday have the patience to do beadwork like that.


WOW! This is amazing and I am in awe!


Beautiful! I’d love to know more about the beading template. Would it be a made of something like tissue that would be pinned in place and sewn through? Or would they simply used it to make marks on the fabric and then removed? I imagine it would be difficult to keep straight lines on such light and flowy fabric! I have trouble attaching a button if it has to go through a lining as well – hard to keep the two fabrics lined up perfectly, especially with a silky lining. Of course, I’m an amateur :)


It was most likely a tissue template. The seamstress would have put all the layers in a wood embroidery hoop to keep them from sliding out of place.


This is such a great series y’all are doing. I could (and do) spend hours on end admiring the construction and detailing of so many vintage pieces.

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