1930s | Dresses | Introduction | Vintage Sewing

A House Dress Fit for Ginger Rogers

October 11, 2013

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of your projects and it was high time I got in on the fun myself!

This is a dress I finished a few months ago. Its only a humble house dress but made up in a lightweight cotton voile I think its pretty darn glamorous. When I wear it I feel like Ginger Rogers.

I used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s Ladies Hooverette Day Dress from the early to mid 1930’s. Aside from the 5+ yards of hemming that I did by hand, the pattern was a cinch to sew and I will be making it again. The lines are so simple that I even think it would be dreamy made up in a chiffon for evening. Then I could really channel Ginger!


  Oh, and look, here I am doing my best twirl a la Ginger!

I’ve got lots of recent finished projects I look forward to posting here, so i’ll be seeing  you soon!

  1. Really beautiful and just love the fabric, helps keep the authenticity of the era which is a personal love of mine. Look forward to seeing more of your makes. Do you have a blog?

  2. EmSewCrazy said almost exactly what I was going to: I never would’ve guessed this was a house dress pattern! It looks super glamorous–you did a beautiful job.

  3. I love your dress.. Well done! It would be awesome in a chiffon 🙂 but don’t think I would have the patience to hem 5+ yards of it. Can’t wait to see more of your dresses!

  4. Really nicely done! And you have the perfect hairdo and shoes to really set it off. I was thinking of making this pattern next, and so it is really nice to see it all made up – they always look a bit different than the pattern illustration. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Thank you Kelina! I really recommend this pattern. FYI, the pattern used quite a bit more fabric than described on the envelope. If my memory serves me correctly I used 3 1/2 or 4 yards. It recommends 3.

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