1930s Clothes

1930s Suit

I bought this 1934 copy of Home Journal about 20 years ago.  Included in it is this 1930s suit pattern – complete with blouse.

I’ve been recovering from an evil chest infection, so apologies if I haven’t been round to your blog recently.  To be honest, I’ve done hardly anything but I am catching up now.

All the sewing I’ve done recently has been for other people – presents, so secret and I might be about to start up a little business as I’ve had a few requests from other people.

In the absence of much sewing, I thought it might be interesting to look at some 1930s patterns and magazines.  Just click on the images to get a bigger view.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Pattern instruction page.  The pattern is on thin brown paper – a bit stronger than tissue paper and looks unused.  I’d love to make it, but I never wear suits so it would just sit in the wardrobe if I did.

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This is a 1933 Vogue pattern that I’ve actually made and worn.  I will definitely make it again some time.

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My version.

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Fabulous fashion ad for 1934. I fancy the “are you coming?” coat – second from the left on the top row.

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The 1930s dress is finished

This is it!  My first attempt at a vintage pattern.  I like the dress but I think I should have made it in a darker colour –  it would make me look slimmer, I think.

It taught me lots of  new things including patience.  The pleats were a really long job & it took me a lot of thinking to work out the yoke.  It’s not easy to see the yoke details but you can just about see the tucks here.

This was my first covered button too.  

I think it was just as well I used a modern version of the pattern (Vogue 2671 from 1933) because I needed to understand the vintage techniques. I think those of you who start with the original patterns are very brave.

Will I wear it?  Yes I think so.

Will I try vintage patterns again? Definitely.