1920s

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

A local station is showing Downton Abbey Season 1, and I’ve been glued to the screen. Remember when Mrs. Hughes goes off to the fair to meet an old flame? Her dress had a bit of lace at neck & wrists. Here’s the only photo I could locate (from ITV). It only shows neckline, but [...]

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I sewed up Butterick 5229 to make a 20′s inspired dress…took the ‘tunic pattern and made it long enough to be a dress. But not ridiculously long like on the pattern cover. I used navy blue poly cotton and white bias (although I realized in the sunlight its actually cream!) binding. I also have wooden [...]

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This Sunday I have some fabric styling pages from my 20s Sew So booklet. Enjoy!

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    Hello you all! Long time no see. Meet my friend Jean-Louis the Austringer (meaning he hunts with eagles). He is modeling a year old blue Chilean eagle (who doesn’t hunt) and the vest I made for him. Though the vest was made with Burda’s Jason pattern, which is not really a retro pattern, [...]

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 Do your retro sewing plans include 1920’s clothing this year? With the Artist winning the Academy Award for best picture, Ralph Lauren’s 1920’s inspired spring line, and the upcoming remake of the Great Gatsby movie we are in for a 1920’s revival. Once I started to see the trend (at about the same time I bought my vintage house build [...]

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This just popped up on my Facebook feed.  I was a Girl Scout for about a week so I could go to camp with my cousin Mary, but my mother was a die-hard Scout for fifteen years.  My brother considers himself a third-generation Eagle Scout because Mom was a Curved Bar (highest rank at the [...]

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I need some advice. This pattern only has five pieces, one of which is for the tie ends, one for the back, and another for the pockets, which means it really only has two pieces that matter: The front sides and center. However, the instructions were printed on the back of the envelope, which is in [...]

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Happy Sunday everyone! This Sunday I have lingerie and embroidery from the early 30s compliments of a Fredrick’s catalog. Enjoy!

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love finding out a little bit more about the people behind the patterns. In this second installment of our Featured Member series (see here for the first on BoPeep), we meet Sarah of PatternVault who caught my eye recently when she posted some amazing 1920s fashions…. So, [...]

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My latest 1920s sewing project—an evening wrap by Martial et Armand—is finished! Here’s the pattern envelope: Like the other three, this one’s also from 1926. Although it isn’t called an evening wrap on the pattern envelope, the catalogue promotes it as a design for evening. I made the plain version (without shirring) in black velveteen. [...]

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