Late 1930s glamour

The whole household

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is sick so opportunities to sew have been few. I am longing to work in my dress, but have contented myself with stolen moments if fashion research (perusing my beloved catalogues)!

Below is a similar bodice to the dress I am working on, this Vogue pattern featured in an early 1938 Vogue pattern book. Such an enduring style, it would be easy to adapt from some of the modern patterns floating around.

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I actually couldn’t resist acquiring the next blouse pattern (below) on etsy… It was rare to begin with let alone in my size! When I get around to it, I actually don’t think it will be too hard to make.

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Don’t you just love older fashion illustrations? Beautiful.

Over overcasting? Speed it up!

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Found this quickie method of overcasting a 50s dressmaking book in my collection…  I would say I am now working twice as fast…

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Here is a sneak peek…. Delicious red shantung…

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And here is the Simplicity dress pattern I am working from. Love this style. I have tweaked it just a little…
Hopefully pictures soon but there is one heck of a hem to do yet….

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Empire waists and princess seams

Classic

Classic

It has been busy here, so not a lot of blogging, lately. I have been focused on making a 40s style dress similar to this 70s style pattern, except the bodice is gathered. I am sewing it in red shantung silk (which frays quickly, incidentally), but have really gone the whole hog in vintage seeing terms and am overcasting the seams. Every. Single. Seam. …By hand. Needless to say this is taking me ages, though I have to say it is quite meditative to do, if you’ve never tried it. The plan is to wear it to my daughter’s christening in a few weeks… what are you working on?