1930s dress closeup
I made this dress in 2010 from a 1930s pattern. It’s made from a high quality navy and white cotton. I wore it once or twice and then dyed it French lavender and wore it again.
Although I liked it I was never really happy about the quality of the sewing. It was a wearable toile at best and I’ve always thought I’d like to make the real thing. I think it would enhance that not so pared down wardrobe of mine.
Emily Ann Frances from RetroGlam is also going to sew 1930s and we’re hoping that you would like to join in. There are no rules or deadlines so please go over to She Sews You Know if you’re interested in joining us or you’d just like to follow our progress.
For the first time in more than thirty years I went back to the street where I lived when I moved to London. This is Chatsworth Road, Clapton and this might be the shop I lived above. Only it was a shoe shop then and I lived at the back: yard view not street view. I really don’t know if it was the same place or not. How crazy is that?
On a more certain note, my other half’s mum gave me some money for a shopping spree in London and I bought all this fabric on Walthamstow Market for £50. Karen at Did you Make That? recommends the market and I can easily see why. If you can get along there on a Saturday it’s definitely worth it.
The striped fabric is pure wool made in Huddersfield – probably for trousers;
the purple is a wool type destined to be my first Minoru jacket, a practice for a waterproof and more expensive version ;
the turquoise is jersey for my next long sleeved tee shirt. I said there would be another and I meant it;
the spotty fabric is soft cotton for a dress – maybe Robe Sureau or New Look 6000.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my tee shirt – I really appreciate your encouragement. Pattern making seems the way to go if I can get to grips with it. Just think of being able to make anything you can imagine…….
This shirt is made from lovely soft silk. I think it dates from the early 1990s and I bought it in a charity shop. I repaired and wore it a few times but decided it would be better turned into something else. There were quite a few worn patches to avoid so I had to make something small.
Made using an old pattern from Sew Hip magazine. I had to make these in four pieces but French seams make them very comfortable anyway.
And then I got carried away.
The broderie anglaise pair are from a silk shirt I made but hardly wore because the colour doesn’t suit my face. Ok as knickers though. I’ve got enough fabric left to make another pair from that and from the delicate silk scarf I used to make the other pair.
I can’t do much sewing at the moment because the room I use is being redecorated & everything is bagged up for sorting. I’m looking for new storage & I’m going to reduce what I have. A year of mainly using my stash doesn’t seem to have made much impression on the mounds of fabric bits I have.
And here is the top I made over the Christmas holiday……
Top is Burda 2934. Another version shown here. This one is from a needlecord remnant I bought from Ditto when I went to a drawing class in Brighton just before Christmas. The remnant wasn’t quite big enough so I used some stash fabric for the facings & bias binding. I will try to remember to do a close up photo as I think the conrast actually improves the look of the top.
Thanks for all the suggestions about my 1970s dress. I am going for mini length with three quarter length sleeves. Roobeedoo suggested the longer length dress might make me look like a lady vicar & I think she could be right. I am going to the Goldhawk Road shops tomorrow to try to get some fabric.
This dress appeared in Woman’s Weekly in the 1970s. Looks pretty awful doesn’t it? I think if I’d seen this photo rather than the pattern drawing I wouldn’t have bid for it on Ebay. But…
Much better like this isn’t it? I’m thinking of long sleeves but I’m not sure whether short or midi. Anyone any thoughts, please? I’d welcome some advice.
I’ve just signed up over at Did You Make That? to make this jacket this year. I was going to make it in the autumn but I never got round to it. I couldn’t find any waterproof fabric so I did nothing. This year I plan to make a wearable toile and keep looking for attractive waterproof stuff. Is there such a thing? I think there must be, but where?
I bought this last year when so many people were making it. It’s a lovely dress and I could do with more dresses. So, wearable toile here we come!
I ‘ve made a skirt and nearly finished a top over the Christmas break so I’ll show some photos very soon.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!