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.
I’m going to give a historic quilting workshop at the Weald & Downland Museum in May. Victorian & medieval to try & lots of other sorts to examine. I’m in the brochure & I’m so excited….
The latest Victorian style Weald & Downland Museum quilt.
My own Tumbling Blocks – grown much bigger since this was taken.
And a new skirt…
New skirt (and Gus!)
The fabric is very felt like and I bought it from the Turkish Market in Berlin. I used the same pattern as the patchwork skirt I made in the summer. I love the way it’s cut on the bias.
It was hard to find interesting fabric in Berlin – I should have asked people for tips before I went.
It’s also a bit of a stash bust – the lining came from a bag of fabric given to me by a friend ages ago.
Heading off to the supermarket
Purple coat and pink skirt are me-made, boots from green shoes, denim jacket from charity shop and blouse from car boot sale.
The blouse is lovely but it crumples like a rag after a really short time. I’m thinking of using a bit of spray starch. Or does anyone have a better idea, please?
Happy Weekend! xxx
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.
I took this photo at Amberley Chalk Pits Museum on Sunday. They had a 1940s weekend as well as their usual industrial history exhibits. This couple sang some really funny songs. There were some amazing dancers too but I was so involved in watching them I forgot to take photos. How can I ever hope to be a proper blogger ???
Here’s Gus getting in the photo as usual. He hardly ever looks at the camera though. I wanted to get the buses in the photo as I think they’re lovely – so much more glamourous than a modern bus (but probably much less comfortable).
As it’s still Me Made May, I should mention my outfit. Top refashioned from a skirt and refashioned linen skirt. Tweed hacking jacket with velvet collar (bought about 10 years ago in a sale) and boots from Green Shoes.
The linen skirt is one of my favourites.
Worn here a few days ago with the same top:
It looked like this before:
I have a big pile of clothes to refashion – the skirt I made from my failed Sureau dress has been taken apart & I am including the fabric in a patchwork skirt.
I have lots of me mades I haven’t worn: they just don’t suit me. I’ve been wearing a few favourites over & over so it’s time for a refashioning session.
I’m hoping to display some refashioned clothes & my new 1970s shoes very soon.
Meanwhile, this is my favourite Me Made May photo so far:
Hope you like it!
I’ve been hand quilting a waistcoat for the Weald & Downland Museum & thought you might like to see it. Baasically, it’s a 17th century bodywarmer. The top is a fine pale green wool, there’s carded sheeps wool in the centre and a linen backing. It’s quilted with linen thread which has to be waxed.
This is the waistcoat quilted & ready to be made up.
It took me about 15 hours to quilt. The thick linen backing means that it’s hard to get up any speed.
I decided to show a couple of Me Made May outfits because I particularly like them.
I think it might be the setting like best rather than the outfit.
This is a refashioned (altered & dyed) skirt and a top made from another skirt.
This is my favourite top. I made it from a Liberty Print skirt I found in a charity shop. Those are my me made shoes too. I’ve worn them most days this month. The trousers are Olsen from a charity shop.
Some days I’ve only got one visible me made but I always wear my me made knickers, so that’s two. (In answer to Curtise).
I’ve got a dress in progress at the moment so I will have something new to wear this month. Hooray!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
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.