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.
Gorgeous aren’t they?
We went to Down House, home of Charles Darwin this weekend. If you are at all interested in science or nature I really recommend it. I think children would love it too: there’s lots of interactive stuff to explain the theories and the cakes in the tearoom are yummy….
The flowers were just outside his greenhouse / lab.
This picture has the “bit of sewing” mentioned in the title. The top was once this dress
I altered it to this length but I still didn’t wear it; so now it’s a top and I’ve worn it a lot. I also raised the neckline a bit. I’ve lost a tiny amount of weight and that made the dress gape a bit at the neck.
Another plant caught my eye but I don’t know what it is. It looks like it’s been painted pink and white.
It was a bit cold yesterday and I had intended to wear this:
This is my 1930s dress which I’ve now overdyed with Dylon’s French Lavender. I think it will get a lot more wear now. Somehow, the white background put me off and it’s such a shame not to wear something you’ve spent hours slaving over. The pink shoes are from Hobbs’ sale a few years ago.
I haven’t been sewing much for myself recently because my little sewing business has started to get busier nad I just haven’t had time. Plenty of plans in my head though.
I went to a Vintage fair on Saturday, only to discover it was actually on Sunday.
Still, I got the chance to wear my lovely new shoes
These arrived last week from Kinky Melon. 1970s, unworn & my size. Aren’t they lovely?
As the vintage fair was only a few minutes cycle ride away, I went on Sunday too. I wore this summery Avoca dress as it was such a lovely day.
I know it’s not me- made but I think it counts for MeMadeMay. I had to sew up the front to make it wearable. I have no problem with showing cleavage, but this dress gaped & I would guess that was why its original owner gave it away. I also did a few minor repairs. I convinced myself it counted anyway……
And I bought these lovely vintage buttons – 1930s, I think. I don’t know what I’ll use them for but use them I will.
Linking to Lakota’s Ta Dah Tuesday.
This is it: Robe Sureau complete. But I won’t be showing any photos of me wearing it because it looked awful.
I did make a toile but thought it looked silly on me because old sheets aren’t always very flattering. Unfortunately, it just does look ridiculous on me.
I did everything I could to save it – added bias trims, tried various buttons – but I think the basic shape is just wrong for me.
I didn’t want to discard it completely, so I removed the top, changed the zip and added a waistband.
Me Mades: Purple wool teeshirt,newly refashioned skirt, shoes.
Linking to Visible Monday. Why not go & take a look?
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!
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.
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.
This is a 1933 Vogue pattern that I’ve actually made and worn. I will definitely make it again some time.
Fabulous fashion ad for 1934. I fancy the “are you coming?” coat – second from the left on the top row.
Lovely new boots from Green Shoes. The company makes shoes with ethics in mind and I went there to make shoes back in April. Click here to see.
I am very pleased with them and to celebrate I am going to show a couple of outfit pictures with the boots.
Dress and cashmere pullover were charity shopped. I dyed the pullover from fuschia – which doesn’t suit me – to this lovely purple.
The skirt and tunic are me made. Top is from People Tree. Tights are retail.