All posts tagged: 1930s

The Spotty Not-Quite Nautical dress

While I showed lots of different colour options in my By The Sea inspiration post, the classic nautical colours are red, white and blue. I’ve got one last dress from Art Deco Weekend that I haven’t blogged about, and it just happens to be red, white and blue and (almost) nautical. Everything is nautical when you pose by the sea and pair it with a giant white anchor, right? The dress was a prototype for my Garden Party Frock, with sleeves borrowed from Past Pattern’s 1931 McCalls pattern.   Interestingly, the skirt is nearly identical to the PP McCall’s pattern as well, but comes from one of my Excella patterns. I ended up going with a easier to wear, more universally flattering, fuller skirt for my final Garden Party Frock, but I do like the slim lines of this one.  The sleeves were another thing altogether.  They look darling, but I had to get Miss Rachel to re-tie them for me literally every 15 minutes, all.day.long. She was so glad when I changed out of …

Sea and sky and sunset hills inspiration

I’m working ahead on my ‘By The Sea’ Historical Sew Fortnightly items.  I’d love to make a fantastic Victorian or Edwardian wool bathing suit, but alas, am making myself be a teeny bit practical and sensible and I’m making two items which both come from stash, and have been on my to-do list for ages and ages. The first is more sea inspired than strictly by-the-sea.  I’ve got a wedding to go to this autumn, and haven’t got a suitable dress (really, they are all too formal, or not formal enough, or black or white or scarlet, none of which will do). One evening, out for my walk, thinking of inspiration dresses and trying to decide what to make, I stopped at my favourite outlook for the view.  I love the last hour of light in New Zealand in the autumn: it’s one of things that reconciles me to the oncoming winter.  The sea calms and goes the most delicious grey-blue, and the hills glow gold with the reflected light. The combination is so distinct, …

The ‘Sherbet Seersucker + Shoes’ 1934 frock

Well, I love bold stripes, but everything I’m making for the HSF ‘Stripes’ challenge has turned out to be quite subdued stripes; in this case, seersucker. This dress started out with this pattern, Anne Adams 2653: How cute is that! A lovely and kind friend owns the pattern, and let me take a copy in trade for a copy of one of my patterns. The pattern was perfect, but finding the right fabric for it turned in to an epic production.  First I found what I thought was the perfect fabric: a geometric broderie anglaise that was both sweet and Art Deco-y.  I bought four metres, rushed home, compared it to the pattern, and realised the broderie anglaise openwork would clash horribly with  the pleats and neck yoke.   Grrrrr!  Next, I found the perfect blue and white striped cotton poplin in my stash but unfortunately I had less than half what the pattern said I would need in fabric – even if I did a contrast yoke, sleeves and pockets.  Grrrrr!  Then I realised …