3 makes inspired by the early 30s

by Erika on December 13, 2013 · 10 comments

in 1930s,Blouses,Dresses,Skirts,Vintage Sewing


I’m so slow in posting here… Mainly it’s because a lot of my sewing nowadays is in jersey. So modern sewing, albeit I do give the patterns a bit of a vintage feel =) So anyway, here comes three outfits in one go!

At the end of summer I finally managed to complete two summer outfits I’ve been sewing on, a little at the time! Both are in an early 30s style,  drafted by me from my slopers.

The first outfit is more period appropriate. The skirt is in a heavy silk called “matka” and the blouse is a rayon (leftovers from a previous project). The skirt is cut on the bias, has a straight waistband and buttons down the side. The blouse has a tie-collar, grown-on sleeves and closes in the side with snaps. This was my first attempt at both of these closures, so it was really fun when it worked out!

The second outfit is a bit more modern, and is a lot less hassle to clean and pack (no handwashing the skirt or ironing the top). The skirt is in a white linen I tea-dyed, cut on the bias and it closes with an invisible zipper in the sideseam. The top is a version of my favorite jersey dresspattern =) However, the skirt came out so-and-so. As long as I wear it with a hip-long top it’s good to go, but it bubbles a little along the right sideseam and a lot in the left seam where the zipper is installed. I’m pretty sure it’s due to the different strength in fabric weave – I had to make a “design feature” to remedy the 10 cm’s of fabric I was short *grr* (note to self: do NOT skimp on fabric when buying fabric on sale for a project that holds unknown components).

The first outfit is just wonderful to wear, the silk moves and drapes like a miracle, and the blouse is so cool, soft and easy to wear. I’m not 100% sold on the second, I think it’s very likely the jersey top will get a lot more wear than the linen skirt.

The third is a more recent make. A jersey dress, but in a pure 30s style.

I made it for Blues Dance Night, and it was fabulous to dance in! My favorite part of it is the back, with a deep cut made possible by a What Katie Did Glamour corselette ; )

For more photos and more info about the makes, please check out my blog!

The first two outfits was blogged here and the third one here.

Love, Erika



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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauriana December 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I love that first outfit! And that deep lace back…
You wear the 1930′s silhouette really well. I’m liking it more and more myself but am still getting used to it.


Deb December 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Loving the first outfit, the black dress is great! That lace panel in back is a nice touch.


EmSewCrazy December 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Wow those are some pretty nice outfits. Love the first one though! The quality really shows.


MaciNic December 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

They are all lovely! What a gorgeous era & beautiful makes, thanks of much for sharing ;)


Rachel December 14, 2013 at 8:11 am

All fabulous! I especially LOVE the last dress!


mod girl December 15, 2013 at 6:37 am



Jordan December 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I love each outfit!


Katherine December 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Incredibly elegant – I love all three :)


BobbinBombshell December 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

So lovely!


Erika December 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! It’s so wonderful to have such support as I’m tentively exploring this new-to-me era =)


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