A House Dress Fit for Ginger Rogers

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!

• Meet the Author • Snowma


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… add one

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

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

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  • Gorgeous and it really suits you.

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  • Wow what a beauty! Well done!

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  • STUNNING! I love it!

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  • 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!

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  • That is SOME housedress! Great job!

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  • I love this! So feminine and lovely!

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  • Great job!

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  • 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!!

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

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

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  • It’s lovely!!!

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  • Gorgeous! its beautiful!

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  • 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

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  • Wow! This dress is gorgeous.

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

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

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  • Biggest. Win. Ever.

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  • 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?

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    • Thanks Sewin Love! A blog will be forthcoming : )

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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!

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  • 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! :-)

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    • 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.

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

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

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

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