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30s ensamble

August 18, 2012

I have a question to you all: is it ok to post selfdrafted sewing projects? Since I have a ton of fit issues, some pattern drafting experience, a great blockpattern and it’s really hard to come by interesting vintage patterns in Sweden (and customs on stuff from US Ebay is through the roof!), I seldom actually use a pattern. I study images and patterns online, and then I draft something similar.

Anyway, that’s why I’ve been quiet here since my introduction post; all my sewing has been from self drafted pattern. In all honesty, this one is too, but I really wanted to share it anyway =) Let me know if it’s better I’d not, and I’ll remove the post!

I wanted to make a 30s inspired dress and jacket to wear to a friends wedding, but since it’s not a very flattering style on me, I borrowed some 50s influences. It makes the ensamble a bit hard to date, but I hope the overall feel says “30s” =)

Here’s my inspiration images:

Image from Sears Catalogs -36

30s pattern

And here’s my version of it:

The skirt is cut on bias, tha bodice front has two pleats against each shoulder, and a total of four pleats to the waist. The bodice back has two waistdarts.

The jacket has a shawl collar, gathered sleeve caps, 3/4 sleeves, bound buttonholes and a zillion darts. It’s blockfused with knit interlining and lightly tailored with medium weight toille fabric.

It was really quite fun to make, but I wish I had gotten the idea a bit sooner, or maybe remembered that sewing deadlines are not the best… ; )

For a few more pictures, and construction photos, please check out my blogpost about the ensamble and it’s construction: http://swinginvintage.blogspot.se/2012/08/30s-ensamble-i-did-it-sort-of.html

Have a great weekend, everybody! / Erika

  1. Hi Erika! I admire you! I would like to draft the patterns too, for me to buy vintage pattens is also expensive ( I am mexican) , I like the job you did! I’ll visiti your blog right now!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s handy to know how to draft patterns when being hard to fit or having few patterns available. It was a bit tryicky at first, but I really recommend trying your hands on it whenever you may have a chance. There’s tons of great books out there! Oh, and toillefabric is the beginner pattern drafter’s best friend =)

  2. Beautiful dress!

    Thanks for letting us know self-drafted is OK. I do the same thing too to cut down on fitting time, I usually start from my block patterns and draft from there. Thanks so much for letting us know!

    1. Thank you! It does save a ton of fitting, doesn’t it? I usually end up doing a toille anyway, but there is so much fewer adjumstments to make. And when using my blockpatterns, most of the times I only need one toille! =)

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