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One of the upcoming classes I’m teaching is a ’30s garden party dress class. I love ’30s garden party dresses – you know the ones; chiffon, ruffles, floral prints, with that incredible ’30s ability to be ridiculously cutesy feminine and very glamorous and sophisticated at the same time.
For the class, I’m debuting an idea I’ve been working on. A lot of 1930s dresses are made from very similar patterns: a basic bodice, married to a full-ish skirt attached with an interestingly seamed dropped waistline, with a choice of sleeve treatments. I’ve taken this formula, and am turning it into a pattern that allows lots of choices, while still being a good introduction to vintage ’30s sewing techniques.
To start with, my pattern has a basic bodice. I’ve taken the bodice from patterns like Excella E3006 – this type of bodice has the advantage of back princess seams, great for adding a little more shape and fitting a wider range of bodies.
For necklines, my pattern has the choice of a V neck or a gentle curve: the two most popular 1930s necklines.
To go with the choice of necklines, there is a choice of sleeveless, slim short or long sleeves, or little cape-sleeves borrowed from Excella E3137.
Finally: skirt choices. How about a delicious double-pointed skirt shown in patterns like this McCall’s example from 1931:
Or my favourite 30’s skirt, the gentle curve and fullness of Excella E3169:
Both skirts can be done with either an even hem, or a back dropped hem:
I’m really excited about the class, and about the pattern!
30’s Garden Party Frocks runs Sat 10 & 17 Nov. Register Here