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1936 pattern

July 13, 2013

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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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