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.
my first edition
And my first 40′s sewing !!! So I have a challenge, make a sailor outfit with patterns from XXI era….
I hope I made a sucess
A skirt from Colette’s pattern and a top from New look…
It was a really pleasure to sew it and now to wear it
See more pictures on my blog
Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).
This is what the pattern sleeve looks like – I went with View 1. Apparently they are bra tops – I couldnt image wearing this as a bra!
I didnt realise how versatile this pattern was until I made it up – it only takes an hour or so, and uses under 1.5m of fabric.
The pattern has plenty of ease, and I didnt need to do a FBA to size up like I would normally (I have a 39 inch bust, the pattern is for a 38 inch).
The golden rod fabric I used is a new quilter’s homespun (mercerized cotton) from Spotlight here in Australia. It’s got a really nice polished feel to it, and comes in some fab retro colour ways.
I made it again in black poplin for my Christmas Day outfit, plus a 1940′s tablecloth turned into a skirt.
I would recommend this pattern if you can get your hands on it; easy, versatile and a great wardrobe builder.