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.
One of the fabulous 1950s patterns won by Carolyn who blogs at Handmade by Carolyn. Congratulations!
Please email your details to me Carolyn and I will send you the patterns very soon.
Day 1 with Joey
New Look blouse 6598
Day 2. Dress New Look, fair trade hand crocheted cardigan from People Tree
Day 3. Dress Vogue 1171 from 1950. Taken at Trent Lock, Long Eaton on a glorious summer day. My favourite dress.
Day 4. Dress Vogue 2671 from 1933.
Day 5. Another version of New Look 6598.
I am enjoying trying to chose my me-mades each day. I have a few more things to choose from this time so it’s a bit easier than September.
The clothes challenge was a self-imposed challenge to buy no new ready made clothes or fabric until the end of September. New clothes & fabric have to come from charity shops or other 2nd hand sources or be made from my stash.
I’m pleased to report that I have kept to the challenge. New stuff includes only trims, thread & some wool so that I can learn to knit socks.
Strangely, I haven’t bought much clothing for refashioning either. I’ve been wearing things I already have & working out new outfits from what’s already in the wardrobe. I’ve even given some things away, so I’ve a bit more space than I had before.
Is this a side effect of not being able to go clothes shopping? Does anyone have any experience of this phenomenon? I’d be very interested to know your thoughts on this.
Meantime I am working on Vogue 1171 from 1950. Details to follow.
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.