A Day at the Races

by Jade on November 24, 2012 · 5 comments

in 1930s

So, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in New Orleans we like to go down to the horse track for opening day dressed in our holiday best.

This is a lovely little dress I whipped up some months ago and didn’t know where I was ever going to have a chance to wear it. It is made from a 1930′s Marian Martin mail order pattern. It is made with a wonderful Sailor Jerry (they make fabric?!) silk/cotton blend with a classy butterfly print. The pattern called for a ruffle collar but I was having none of it. So I knocked out a peter pan collar for it in contrasting black cotton. I love this dress!!!

The hat was a busted, navy, vintage affair that I dyed, reshaped, and gussied up a bit to be fit for the track.

Coincidentally I also made this bunny suit for my buddy last Mardi Gras season.

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I am a professional seamstress and costumer living in New Orleans. I have a serious pattern collecting problem. I love to sew just about anything. But, if left to my own devices, I would prefer to sew anything that was worn between the years 1870 and 1970.

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HarrietBazley November 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

That looks lovely on you, and very classy.


Bella November 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

What a great dress…very flattering & the fabric is wonderful. And you did an excellent job w/ the hat, too.


EmSewCrazy November 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Love both outfits! That print is gorgeous! I really like your collar.


Jade November 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thanks so much! I can’t wait for another fabulous occasion to wear this dress.


Yaz November 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Love dress. Do you have a full length picture of you in the dress?


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