1930s in Navy and Plaid

by Nabby on September 21, 2011 · 12 comments

in 1930s

Here is a dress that I finished some time ago. I had a terrible time getting a good picture of it; I don’t know if it was because of its dark color or if the conditions were just wrong every time, but I tried on four separate occasions, and these pictures were the best out of about fifty. I had to lighten them considerably in order to show the details, so just try to ignore how washed out the background (and my face!) looks.

I made it with navy and plaid cotton using this pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library.

I LOVE this pattern so much that I just want to make it over and over, and this is actually the second time that I have made it. I made a few alterations from the pattern instructions this time around. The original dress unbuttons to the waist with the yoke being completely sewn down. Instead of using the facing piece provided for the bodice, I completely lined the inside with plaid and made it open down to the point of the yoke. I did this because I really wanted to add some extra buttons there for aesthetic purposes anyway, so I figured that they may as well be functional. Also, I had a bit of trouble getting in and out of the first dress, so this helped with that as well.
Here is a close-up of the sleeve and some more covered buttons.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lady A September 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

Wicked, Love the hair, the dress, the hat and the make up.
You have inspired me :)


AshCalico September 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

I just saved this picture to my inspiration file with the caption "oh my GAWD." That's just all I can say… you did an exquisite job; the dress is stunning! (Not to mention your awesome hair!!)


Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 8:36 am



Lizzy September 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

Just love everything!!! your hair, the dress (wonderful) , shoes…..
Great job sewing


HoustonCrafter September 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Truly Amazing!


MB@YarnUiPhoneApp September 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I love how you've got the American flag in the background. I always look forward to your dresses. They're divine.


GodsgirlT September 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm



Bex September 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm



Linda September 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm



Sanna September 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm



MarieBayArea September 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This is insanely GORGEOUS. INSPIRED!


Lady D October 9, 2011 at 4:22 am

The dress is beautiful. Love the fabric combination.
You look like you aught to be in an episode of Agatha Christies Poirot…

May I ask how do you get your hair to go like that. I've tried all different ways and only managed to get a wave in my frindge before.


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