A House Dress Fit for Ginger Rogers

by Snowma on October 11, 2013 · 32 comments

in 1930s,Dresses,Introduction,Vintage Sewing

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of your projects and it was high time I got in on the fun myself!

This is a dress I finished a few months ago. Its only a humble house dress but made up in a lightweight cotton voile I think its pretty darn glamorous. When I wear it I feel like Ginger Rogers.

I used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s Ladies Hooverette Day Dress from the early to mid 1930′s. Aside from the 5+ yards of hemming that I did by hand, the pattern was a cinch to sew and I will be making it again. The lines are so simple that I even think it would be dreamy made up in a chiffon for evening. Then I could really channel Ginger!


  Oh, and look, here I am doing my best twirl a la Ginger!

I’ve got lots of recent finished projects I look forward to posting here, so i’ll be seeing  you soon!

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Hi! I love to sew patterns from the 1920s-1940s. I try to use modern fabric to get authentic period results. I wear these pieces in my everyday life and am working on a completely me-made wardrobe.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

PepperReed October 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Lovely!! Its so nice to see these early styles and patterns made up and see how wearable they still are. Good Job!


Camelia Crinoline October 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

It’s gorgeous and way too fancy just to be worn as a house dress. I love your shoes too.


Maggie cawthorn October 12, 2013 at 2:17 am

Gorgeous and it really suits you.


Anthea October 12, 2013 at 3:37 am

Wow what a beauty! Well done!


Lynda Slade October 12, 2013 at 4:21 am

STUNNING! I love it!


Rachel October 12, 2013 at 7:46 am

Oh that is fabulous! 5 yards of hemming by hand?… You are a more patient woman that I!

Can’t wait to see more of your makes!


Evie October 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

That is SOME housedress! Great job!


tanya maile October 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

I love this! So feminine and lovely!


Tanya October 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

Great job!


Through the Alley October 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Oh wow! This is so pretty! I’ve done ruffles before, but didn’t hem it by hand. I bet hand hemming you took forever! Great job!!


Eva October 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

It’s gorgeous. I think I have to make something similar.


EmSewCrazy October 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

That is very glamourous! I would have never guessed it was a house dress pattern. It will look lovely made up in chiffon!


MaciNic October 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

It’s lovely!!!


Catherine Alekna October 13, 2013 at 6:59 am

Gorgeous! its beautiful!


Nicole Needles October 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Love it! What a house dress – makes a change from the sweats and t-shirts most of us slob around in today. And I love your hair and shoes


Annie October 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Wow! This dress is gorgeous.


PinhouseP October 14, 2013 at 3:35 am

This style is gorgeous on you! You look stunning :)
Great fabric choice as well. Very well done!


Linda L October 14, 2013 at 5:55 am

That is really a cute dress; glad you posted for us to see. Looks good on you!


LittleBlackCar October 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

Biggest. Win. Ever.


Sewin Love October 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Really beautiful and just love the fabric, helps keep the authenticity of the era which is a personal love of mine. Look forward to seeing more of your makes. Do you have a blog?


Snowma October 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Thanks Sewin Love! A blog will be forthcoming : )


AliceM October 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

You are absolutely right. It is pretty darn glamourous! Beautiful fit and color for you.


Jennifer G. Miller October 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I’ve had my eye on this pattern for ages. The sewing job is fantastic and it looks so lovely on you!


Zarah October 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

EmSewCrazy said almost exactly what I was going to: I never would’ve guessed this was a house dress pattern! It looks super glamorous–you did a beautiful job.


Kristin October 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I can’t believe you hemmed it by hand!! I love it and it looks fantastic!


Snowma October 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Thank you all for your kind words! I highly recommend this pattern.


LilacSeagull October 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I love your dress.. Well done! It would be awesome in a chiffon :) but don’t think I would have the patience to hem 5+ yards of it. Can’t wait to see more of your dresses!


Kelina October 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

Really nicely done! And you have the perfect hairdo and shoes to really set it off. I was thinking of making this pattern next, and so it is really nice to see it all made up – they always look a bit different than the pattern illustration. Thanks! :-)


Snowma October 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thank you Kelina! I really recommend this pattern. FYI, the pattern used quite a bit more fabric than described on the envelope. If my memory serves me correctly I used 3 1/2 or 4 yards. It recommends 3.


Jordan October 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

What a delightful 30s dress. I love 30s fashion. Thank you for the link!


BobbinBombshell October 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

It’s really pretty! And I love your hair!


Pimpinett October 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

Fantastic. Lovely work on the flounces, 30′s suits you extremely well. I love your hair!


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