Three Outfits for Three Decades

by LadyD on June 14, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1930s,1940s,1950s

Well its that time of year again…the local lindy exchange and I’ve set myself quite a task. A new outfit for each dance. So that’s three for the evening dances. The themes go Casual, Vintage, Seaside.
So I decided to have a general nautical feel and blues as a colour running through the outfits.


Outfit 1 -
A boat print 1940′s style dress. This is for SEASIDE. Used Butterick 5209 again. Its becoming my ‘go to’ pattern. I liked the bodice but not the waistband or skirt. Instead I wore a slip and vest underneath.

Outfit2 -

Navy blue swing trousers to wear with red and white striped top in the evening but a white to for the day events. This is for VINTAGE. I used the Eliza M Swing hop pants pattern.

I even went beyond the pattern instructions and added a few extras like bias binding the facing, decorative buttons and hand picking the zip. You may recognise the top I’m wearing from this post.

Outfit 3 -

Blue Polkadot circle skirt (with complimentary top.) This is for CASUAL. I used Simplicity 3847 for the skirt.

I did wear a petticoat underneath but it was homemade and didn’t give enough uhmff. Next time I wear it I’ll have to find an alternative one.

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I've always hand sewn but never created garments until recently. I love the retro/vintage style. Its so much more stylish and flattering than modern stuff. For my dancing escapades and folk music For sewing, craft and general blog

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Bea June 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

That’s a great collection. I love every piece and don’t think I could pick a favourite, really. The trousers are a great every day staple, I think.


LadyD June 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks. I’m thinking of making some more versions of the trousers for workwear.


Elizabeth June 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

That sounds like a seriously fun weekend! And a great reason for more vintage outfits.


LadyD June 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thanks. I always like a theme to inspire me in my sewing.


Yulia June 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

Gorgeous! 40′s is my next favourite decade)))


LadyD June 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thank you.


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