1930′s Bias Dress – Sew Vera Venus free download

by Nicole Needles on July 12, 2013 · 10 comments

in 1930s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I decided to break out of the my usual mid-century sewing and try something from the 1930′s. This pattern was a free download from Sew Vera Venus; after a bit of tweaking with the fit, it went together like a dream.

Here’s some details:

I used a light cotton with berries and flowers on a black and white gingham background, perfect for summer:

Fabric detail

The sleeves are super floaty and cut as a large circle. I couldn’t get it across in the photos, though; this is the best I could do:

flared sleeve

The skirt is cut on the bias, with a flared piece attached at the bottom. The dress moves and drapes with you, making it feel very dreamy and romantic! I didn’t want to ruin it all with a horrible zip, so I decided to use a side button placket. I even managed to find some little mother of pearl flowers that matched the fabric:

Close up of the button placket

And it’s all finished off at the back with a little belt, which I just tied in a simple bow:

And that’s it! One final look, and I’ll see you soon!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Taida July 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Lovely! I like the fabric <3


Pat Bankowski July 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Great job and the fabric is perfect for the pattern.


ksgentry July 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Love the vintage dress style and that fabric matches the style. Wonderful work.


PepperReed July 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Lovely!! Good Job!


Susan July 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Beautiful fit and workmanship!


mariebayarea July 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm



athomewithginac July 13, 2013 at 7:00 am



Jeanne July 16, 2013 at 4:35 am

Wow, gorgeous! I’m so happy the pattern worked well for you :) Love the fabric you chose too. Would you mind if I linked to your images from my blog?


EmSewCrazy July 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

So pretty! What a lovely job!


Francie July 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

The flouncy sleeves look really nice with the flouncy hemline!


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