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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.

~Heather

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Hi All

It’s been a while since I posted here.

I made this dress just the other week. A few details:

Pattern: Simplicity 3835 from the 40′s – early in the decade I think, but can’t be sure.
Fabric: Pastel green sheer with white floral flocking – possibly nylon? New Japanese made fabric bought from one of the little shops on Sydney Rd Brunswick.
Notions: A heap of snaps and 3 tiny hook & eyes.
Cost: About $13 – $5 p/m for the fabric – I used just about 2m. Snaps were probably about $3 – they’re so expensive here and I use heaps of them. Need to buy them in bulk from somewhere!

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….more details and pics on my blog :-)

Kitty’s Drawings

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Yes…it’s back the simplicity 4404 skirt pattern. But this time I’m actually going to make it stay high waisted by making the waist considerably smaller.

I’m loving the trend amongst the blogs I read for polkadot items.

I picked out a olive green fabric with white polkadot.

Combining it with black piping.

I have gone a little piping mad…it just looks so much better than just plain old bias binding.


 I may have slightly made an error with the waist facing.I forgot to leave a gap for  the zip opening….and didn’t sew up the centre point (that’ll teach me to think – I don’t need to read instructions…I’ve done this before). But with the addition of piping the it turned out my*wrong* was actually *right* in order to get it to sit right at the point. And for reference this skirt is entirely handsewn….ouchy fingers from having to sew through so many layers.

Not sure about how much additional decoration to do. I decided rather than pre making the piping and sewing it on the hem. I’ve done a little cheat to make it look like piping even though its just a bias bound hem.

I have already worn the skirt twice. Its comfy and is not too vintage to look like a ‘costume. It actually has had quite a few compliments.

More info on my blog

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Hiii!

This dress, made from Mccall’s 6006 (1945) has to be my favourite make so far! I am so so in love with 1940′s Mccall’s patterns – they’re just the best. What I love about this one is – the cool cap sleeves…If you could call them that. Maybe flutter sleeves? The tucks at the shoulder and back waist. The gathering on the front waist….The awesome gored skirt.

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More pics and things over at my BLOG

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