1934 EvaDress Frock as Separates

Another 1930s re-pro pattern from EvaDress, I made these up a few months ago but finally got around to documenting them. I had started the blouse (not enough of the lovely rayon for a whole dress) ages ago, but the sleeve pleats got the better of me and then I got busy with other things. Once I’d figured them out though, I’m in love with the look.

EvaDress 1934 Frock

As I had an occasion to wear it, I finished the blouse and made up the lower portion of the pattern in a similar green coloured mystery fabric I picked up second hand.

EvaDress 1934 Frock (as separates) by HLB

EvaDress 1934 Frock (as separates) by HLB. Back view.

Cutting out the blouse and getting it to do what i wanted was a bit of a challenge. It’s a buttery rayon with lovely drape but frays terribly at the edges and slinks around when you try to sew it. I pinned it to within an inch of its life and took the time to hand baste as well as hand hem the bottom edge/ties, collar and  sleeve edges. Time consuming but a nice neat finish.

Sleeve detail. Self covered button and pleating.

Most people thought it was a dress when worn together, but I actually like that I can mix and match it. For another event I made a shorter black rayon skirt with side godets for dancing in.

EvaDress 1934 Frock (blouse) with self drafted skirt by HLB

I’ll definitely be making this up again with some strategic alterations. As always, do check out the full post on the blog.


• Meet the Author • HeatherLeeBea

Mostly self taught seamstress with attention to detail. Likes to take on new and interesting projects to expand her knowledge/skills and keep things fresh. Has worked for independent / regional theatre and private clients. Loves to do research on projects. Subscribes to the “make do and mend” philosophy – to repair or re-vamp if possible and give new life to existing items. Fashion and function are equally important. If something isn’t comfortable or usable it’s not worth making. Thinks that educating yourself and others on fashion history and proper fitting is important to making everyone look their best. Uses mostly vintage sewing machines – they tend to keep up with me! Loves her cordless iron! Favorite fabrics are cottons and wool suiting. There is a time and place for crepe back satin and it’s not for formal wear : )

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9 comments… add one

  • Lovely!!! Those details are just wonderful.

  • Oh I love this as separates! They will be so versital in your wardrobe!

  • This is divine. Well done you!

  • Love the dress, but I would have to change the neckline. The wrinkles at the waist bother me, they make the top look to tight.

    • The folds at the waist are due to the fact that the front piece and the ties are all connected. The front panel is supposed to drape a bit, and does so more on short waisted me. It actually makes it more flattering – much like ruching. The nice thing is with this design you can adjust the ties and make it as loose or tight as you want.

  • Amazing color! It just pops right off the screen at you. And now I may have to pop on over to Evadress to snap up this pattern and do the same!

  • absolutely gorgeous! 1930s garments are just so beautiful, even if they are for casual wear

  • This is just spectacular!! Well done :) awesome color choice too!

  • This is just spectacular!! Well done :) awesome color choice too!


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