1930s | Vintage Sewing

1930s Summer Plaid!

By on July 8, 2015

Well! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d start again with my new favourite number. A plaid 1930s style frock for summertime wear. I loved this dress so much when I saw one in a German fashion magazine dated August 1931 and I just had to have it so I draped it and I did so from memory because the magazine belonged to an antique dealer downtown who wanted $69 too much for it. I was going to snap a photograph of it but there were too many eyes upon me. Here it is anyhow, probably not exact to the style I saw but exact to what I desired.

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I made it a bit blousey for a change and I love that once in a while because it feels nice and cool on hot days.image

I also played around with the plaid which is something I love to do with all types of weaves and prints and patterns. I did the major pieces of the plaid on the bias because I love that about 1930s style and it makes me feel wonderful.image

I hope you’ll visit me on my blog! I have a few more finished articles there too and shall have many more to come!

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Drafting for Fall&Winter!

By on September 17, 2014

 

It seems, when you design and construct your own entire wardrobes four times a year, that the seasons just creep too fast upon you. So many ideas, so many things to make and do and never enough time is the old way of saying things. Am I in this sphere of plight all on my own? Surely not. I hear it enough.

Anyhow, enough with my prattle….

This season is sleeves for me and I’ve drafted two thus far. I saw a beautiful wedding sleeve (photographed in green) in Bellas catalogue from late 1920s the other day and I just had to have it.  I couldn’t afford the catalogue at that moment so I had to keep it in my minds eye painfully until I got home from the antique shop to sketch it out (that will be the last time I forget my sketch pad believe you me). Luckily it wasn’t the only time I’ve seen the sleeve and there’s a similar one being used in wedding fashions of today. It’s basically just a long sleeve unraveled like apple peels and slashed and spread for gathers. The pattern looks like a snake children make in kindergarten.

Drafted fairly quickly I was really pleased with myself that I used too many notches because they were well needed to sew the sleeve precisely.  Here is the muslin for it…

photo 3 (1) Plenty of threads and wrinkles!

I didn’t get enough of sleeve drafting so I did another in a popular fashion of 1932. Since sleeves are big this season I got creative  about where the “bigness” was going to be. On the first one it was fuller all around, on the blue muslin the amplitude was on the lower half towards the wrist. Almost as if the wrists had wings. This sleeve is fully lined but not necessary with the facing I also drafted along with it.  Here it is…

photo 2 (2)    This sleeve was too much fun as well!

Here are both of the sleeves on the mid cowl I drafted to test them out.

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There are a few things I would fix on the green muslin but I am really rather pleased with them both.  And as I am 6 months along there are plenty of things I can make for the sleeves to go on so I may wear them in the winter when the baby is here and I’ve gone back to normal.

Well, that’s all from me for now, do take care!

To boot, you can find more on my site!     www.1930slife.blogspot.com

 

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2 Frocks From Just Under 4 Yards!

By on September 10, 2014

 

3 3/4 to be precise! I saw this fabric at the shop and bought the bolt because I thought I liked it more than I did. With my hair color I can’t go wrong with navy anyhow!

Well, I made four frocks with the first several yards for custom orders (and they loved them, boy did they!) and with the rest of it I decided to make myself a couple of “practice” articles with patterns that I drafted. The first one I made was the shirtwaist that only took me an hour to draft and a couple of hours to make. It has buttons going down the entire front (a feature that I’ve always loved and shall never tire of ).  I made plenty of gathers at the shoulders to apparently broaden them and make the waist look more narrow. A great success, I look rather splendid in it (if I might say).

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The second frock is a maternity frock seeing as I am now nearly six months along. No, I’m not going to model either of them. I made some bias and put it on the front going around the back. It actually does open in the front where the button is. This was a fun change to the typical left side closure.

Blue blue2 blue3 It has quite an oriental look until I put it on, then it really looks 1933.  And bobs your uncle!

I must say though that this one I did not design and draft, it was a pattern for a house frock I’ve had for quite some time.

Thanks for having a look!             -Krystle!    1930slife.blogspot.com

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First post and Practice “Tubs!”

By on August 27, 2014

I love it when my practice sewing endeavors turn out all right! I’ve had this pattern for ages and am just now getting around to making it. Terrible, yes. Now I know I want to make more in many other fabrics beside this lovely coral linen.

This pattern is called, “Tubs” the Tie-on washable hat. I believe it’s 1933 but I can’t be certain, for my pattern is a little bit tattered. It only took me a few hours in total and mainly because of the very careful stitch detail (yes, sometimes I am a perfectionist even with prototypes).

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The stitch detailing is in a darker more orange coral and I wish it could be seen a bit better.

Tubs4The Brim is interlined with same fabric and interfaced with a light weight crinoline.

Tubs3 I think because it was so easy to make I’ll make a few more and put them on my Etsy shop for sale!   Tubs3

Tubs2    It was a gas to make. Small things always are because you can have a new addition to your wardrobe in only a few hours! Cut it outta scraps, sew it up pressing along the way, put it on and bobs your uncle!

 

 

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