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.
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.
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.
This a really interesting sew along based on a pattern from Sense & Sensibility. Casey at http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com is leading it and providing pictures to guide the participants in all the difficult areas.
I had to make two toiles because the bodice needed a lot of shortening to fit me and I made the mistake of not checking I had done all the alterations correctly. Bad!! Even if I used up all the seam allowances in the bodice I couldn’t have fastened it.
Lesson: always make a toile.
I made the toile from an old duvet cover & it looks pretty strange because it has huge checks. Anyway here it is:
I like the style. This is the fabric for the real thing:
It’s cotton & it should be something more flowing like rayon or silk but it feels a bit floaty so I think it will come out ok.
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The top is a remake. It was a silk dress bought in Laura Ashley’s sale & worn for just one special occasion. I turned it into a much loved top & a useful but dull skirt. The bag is my favourite at the moment.
Before I converted it.
Off to the shops on Saturday morning
Blouse from Burda 2934. Jacket I think was a Simplicity pattern made in a silk mix tweed that I think I bought in Soho. It proved too hot for a jacket after all but it made a change.
I make a lot of blouses, I think it’s because they are useful. I used to make dresses & hardly ever wore them.
Sunday morning at the allotment. Vogue blouse – I like the spotty fabric but it doesn’t show up very well here.
I don’t have lots of self stitched outfits, but I have nearly finished the Vogue 1950 dress and will be showing it soon. Buttonholes to finish, buttons to cover and hem to do.