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My 1930s patterns – the non-Excella patterns

My apologies dear readers.  I know the blog has been very quiet.  I’ve been very overwhelmed.  Busy seamstress = absent blogess.  But it also = exciting sewing things done (whenever I have time to blog about them!). I’ve got so much to show you on the 1780s chintz pet en l’aire, and a glorious 1900s project, and a 17th century inspired project.  So lots to look forward to! For now, here are the last of my 1930s patterns.  I’ve showed you the Excella patterns, parts I & II.  Today’s patterns are by a variety of makers, and I’ve arranged them in rough chronological order. First, the classic, mid 1930s evening dress: For a more casual look, how about these natty nautical options.  I used the top to for S’s nautical playsuit: For a more mature look, these day frocks are pretty spectacular.  I love the asymmetrical collars. And another, more glorious, variant on the classic ’30s evening dress.  The back options are totally swoon-worthy. And last, options for a number of little tops.  Even if …

Early 1930s Patterns, part II of III – the Excella Patterns

On May 18 I showed you half of my early 1930s Excella patterns.  Here are the rest (and one non-Excella pattern just to mix things up). I adore this one.  That wrapping scarf.  So swish!  I’m waiting on the right time to make the whole dress, but I have made the skirt part as a business skirt, which I loved and wore to death. Isn’t this one so adorable?  It just sings of sweetness.  I’m not sure the top and skirt go together though.  Maybe if the ruffle and contrast pieces were in the same fabric? This dress is possibly the simplest, but may very well be my favourite.  Such lovely simplicity of line. From simple to sophistication.  Va-va voom! And this one may be my least favourite.  It feels like Excella needed to make a pattern, and so they just married some bog-standard dress elements to make a new design.  Couple of skirt panels, some simple sleeve variants, cowl neck, tie it together with a sash.  Eh.  Good enough. Doesn’t this one just say …

Early 1930s Patterns, part I of III – the Excella Patterns

I’m lucky enough to own a couple dozen early 1930s (possibly even late 1920s in some cases) patterns, most by Excella.  I thought I would put my pattern collection up for other people to use as reference and inspiration.  This is 1/3 of the 30s collection.  The others will be coming soon. I was given these patterns in the condition they are in now – with the vintage envelopes adhered to new Manila envelopes.  It’s lovely and practical, but without the guilt of having altered the original pattern envelopes myself! Someday I’ll get around to putting these up on the Vintage Pattern Wiki (no, please don’t do it for me!) I’ve never figured out how I feel about the circular skirt join on this one: This is the pattern responsible for the Frumpy Dress, and the Summertime Southerly dress.  It is also where I think the patterns transition from 1920s to 1930s. And this is the pattern responsible for the Red Lips Kiss My Blue Away frock, which started out without the hip flounces as …