1936 pattern

by laurien on July 13, 2013 · 10 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I thought I’d be able to whip this dress out in a couple of days. I’m a bad estimator. From a mail-order pattern from 1936 (maybe Marian Martin, but probably Farm Bureau), the instructions were vague and I figured most of it out on my own. Fabric is cotton voile, very light for summer, with a nice 1930′s pattern ( a little Deco, but….); collar is antique charmeuse silk from a WWII wedding gown I had a scrap of. The major stains on that fabric are on the underside of collars and cuffs. I was able to score the Bakelite belt buckle from a flea market vendor in NYC. Unsure about the flower–if I should go frilly with the old lace inserted or just plain. Fits well, little adjustments here and there, the pattern size is a bit too big for me. MYy dummy loves wearing this dress. Everything looks better on her!

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Evie July 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Love the fabric! Really cute dress!


Starspangledheart July 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I like the lacey flower better. What a lovely dress!


Bella July 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

It is just great! I love that you put the satin flower on, too. Those patterns w/ little or no instructions…it seems to be the vintage way. I suspect they all did more sewing & had more experience back then.


mariebayarea July 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

What a pretty dress! I love the print.


Reading Goddess July 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

Beautiful silhouette. You will totally rock it!


Eve July 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

It’s just beautiful!


Jean July 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Everything is darling. I love the way you put it all together. I like the print and the collar just tops it all off. The flower is a great touch.


Jeanne July 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

Fabric, collar, buckle, style- love it all.


Francie July 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

It’s like a museum piece. Like someone’s beloved and well-cared-for Sunday best dress which survived the 1930′s into the new millenium! Very nice – very authentic-looking.


Sam July 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

This is the best thing I’ve seen on this blog. Wonderful choice of fabrics and details are just right. Thanks for sharing.


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