This week’s Twenties designer pattern is McCall 4464, an evening dress by Chanel. Here’s the pattern envelope: This one is also from 1926; it’s shown on the same catalogue page as Naomi’s Patou dress. Apart from grading the bust down one size, I made the pattern as-is, but without the rosettes. I used a black [...]
Hiya, I’ve been (slowly) getting on with my 1920s coccoon coat, hampered only by Ofsted (school inspectors), eczema (on my hands, how cruel for an artist?), and a lack of Betty (my mannequin). I eventually decided to use the Folkwear Poiret coat which had been discontinued but I found one on good old Ebay. I [...]
My 1920s designer pattern for this week is McCall 4459, a cape by Miler Soeurs. Here’s the pattern envelope: This one is also from 1926. The Ladies’ and Misses’ size Small (14-16) seemed just right for Naomi, so I didn’t make any alterations at all. The pattern gave two lengths for the cape; I cut [...]
For this Halloween I did a Twenties sewing blitz. I chose four 1920s designer patterns from my collection to sew for me and my wife to go out as flapper vampires. Until this project I hadn’t sewn any vintage patterns earlier than the 1960s. Naturally I was a little too ambitious and didn’t finish everything [...]
My latest sewing is this 1920′s slip! I drafted a pattern, or well, who am I kidding, I cut two squares in about the right size and then I improvised from there. All the fabrics and notions were already in my stash. There are more pics, text and and some Bessie Smith for soundtrack over [...]
This Sunday I have fashions from a 1929 fall/winter Lane Bryant catalog. Enjoy!!
Hello all! First time posting on the new site so here goes. This is the 1920s Tulip Kimono from Decades of Style made with a rayon “Van Gogh” print and a chambray contrast. Closes with a loop and button posie. The robe is unlined and all the seams in the chambray are covered while most [...]
Okay, I need some help with a pattern choice, as I’m quite terrible about making decisions on things like this (good at making big life decisions, bad at the everyday stuff). I want to make a coccoon coat and have just been bought a lovely new machine which will enable me too (I’d had my [...]
This Sunday I have scans from a 1920s Lane Bryant sale catalog.
This slip is from Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions, in each month of the book there is a magic pattern. We were invited to a Broads and Gangsters birthday party a few weeks ago and I needed to find something to wear. At first I hunted around at the op shops etc but couldn’t find anything. [...]