In the second decade of the 20th century, a revival of 1700s Directoire fashions produced loose, flowing gowns reminiscent of Classical Greek costumes. These romantic styles also liberated women's bodies from the punishing restraints of Victorian corsets,. Simple, voluminous gowns like this Paris Promenade Dress were shaped by wrapping them to the body with decorative cords and sashes. The accessories of choice were long strands of pearls and cords with tassels or beaded pendants. This simple but elegant dress, from the 1918-1920 period, is made from just three main pattern pieces. The full dress shape is defined at the waist by self-fabric sash that passes underneath the bib-shaped overdress in front and ties in the back. A length of decorative cord can be used instead of the sash, to suggest the wrapped waist of ancient Grecian gowns. The uncomplicated design creates perfect areas for creative embellishment - around the lower skirt, on the shaped overdress, or along the front and back of the bateau neckline. The different sections of the dress are also great for putting together interesting fabric running in different directions, and contrast effects such as matte and shiny or smooth and textured. For the perfect period accessory, make the drawstring handbag included in the pattern. This charming tote features free-hanging tabs that complement the airy drape of the dress. The tabs can be embellished to match the dress or made of contrasting material for an interesting accent. Add a favorite vintage touch with decorative tassels or beaded pendants at the elbow of the dress and the bottom of the handbag. Instructions for making your own tassels are included in the pattern. Sizes extra small to extra large included. Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics with drape, such as silk, silk velvet, rayon, featherweight cotton, or jersey. For a more defined look, choose fabrics with more body, such as crisp cotton, lightweight linen, and silk taffeta. Fabric requirements for dress and skirt: 4 1/8 yards of 60" wide fabric for all sizes. Dress: 2 1/4 yards of 60" wide fabric for all sizes. Skirt: 2 1/4 yards of 60" wide fabric for all sizes. Handbag: 3/4 yard of 45" wide fabric. Paris Promenade Dress pattern.