1920s

The jazz age! Sportswear, cloche hats, and boyish silhouettes…

I want to repair a big injustice. There’s always a lot of Mad men challenge; but what about Boardwalk empire!!? There’s a lot of wonferful suits and gorgeous dresses, and skirts, and shirts! So, here is my own Boardwalk Empire challenge! I looove the dress that Margaret Shcroeder wear in Season 1, episode 3. Look [...]

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I have always been open and honest about my obsession with sewing. You only have to take one glance at my life to see it is completely consumed by the hobby. As well as my blog, I have numerous sewing machines stashed away throughout my house  (and in my garage) and the largest bedroom in [...]

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This year for Halloween, I’m hoping to make a 1920s flapper-style dress, preferably something I can wear again.  I’ve been looking around for inexpensive pattern options, and stumbled across Mrs. Depew’s patterns on Etsy.  After doing a search for pattern reviews, I only found reviews for her lingerie, bras, and bathing suits.  Has anyone made [...]

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< A fantabulous friend made the find of the century as far as I am concerned. In Malta a moth balled warehouse, delapidated but full of vintage haberdashery. She braved 30 degree heat, no light bar a head torch, no help just her, collapsing wooden shelves and many bugs and creepy crawlies (we Brits are [...]

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This year I finally made up my mind to create a historically correct 1920′s outfit for the Art Deco Society of California’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon in Oakland, California.  This Art Deco picnic was held at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the attire is daywear from 1920-1940 (the Art Dcco period of course!).  It is [...]

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Even though I’m more a 60s/70s fan, I wanted to share a few images from a 1927 Butterick book I found in my basement (yes, really) called The Art of Dressmaking. It’s not chock-full of photos as it’s a really solid how-to book, but there are some really cute illustrations!   A few more photos [...]

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hi dolls! My name is Ines and I’m from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m a beauty and vintage fashion blogger (you can check my blog here www.madameturbante.blogspot.com ) More recently I discovered the wonderful world of sewing! Both my grandmothers were seamstresses, and I always have been interested in this kind of art, but I was very [...]

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Hello all, A very quick post today to show you a very quick project. Here is my 1920s dress that I wore to the Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Castle Hill, in Ipswich, Mass. My dress was quickly thrown together in the days leading up to the event. I actually finished sewing the belt and [...]

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  I just happened across a free PDF of this fab 1920s booklet on sewing with cotton bags and thought you might like it too. Produced by the Beauty Pattern Company, which presumably made mail order patterns, it’s full of suggested patterns and inspiration for sewing with feedsacks. EDITED TO ADD: the person who scanned [...]

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For the Great Gatsby challenge, I made a draped dress from a 1924 publication. The instructions were surprisingly easy, though it was challenging not having enough of my gorgeous silk chicken fabric. I also decided to also make a hat and a brooch to tie the whole look together. The hat is from Simplicity 1736, [...]

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