All posts tagged: 1930s

Terminology: What is Roshanara?

Roshanara is the trade name for a silk or silk-worsted wool blend fabric with a rough crepe texture. Roshanara was popular in the 20s and 30s, but was notorious for shrinking when wet.  It is nearly impossible to find Roshanara, or a Roshanara equivalent, today. Roshanara was first introduced into New Zealand in 1920, but appears in ads in the US from 1918.  The name probably comes from the famous Roshanara Club in Delhi, which was in turn named after the Mughal princess Roshanara Begum. While Roshanara was primarily made of silk (possibly with a small amount of wool), it was meant to replace wool fabrics, which were in short supply due to the use of wool in soldiers uniforms during WWI.  This ad from an April 1918 El Paso Herald extolls the economic virtues of silk, and encourages women to buy it instead of wool.  Note the inclusion of the very patriotic and military inspired ‘Khaki Kool’ fabric. The exotic rough texture of Roshanara, and how closely its introduction co-oincided with the discovery of …

The ‘Penciling it in’ skirt

I’ve been having fun finding music to match my ‘me’ sewing lately.  This week’s me sewing is a ’30s skirt, so it needs one of my favourite swing songs, Lavender Coffin.  Great to dance to, and a good conversation starter – we have an ongoing discussion of ways to make a lavender eco-coffin.  I’m advocating dye made from blueberries or java plums.  It’s not like the colour needs to last! (yes, I have macabre interests). On a much more random note, I’ve also been doing a lot of sewing to Julietta Venegas lately.  It gives me a chance to practice my rapidly fading Spanish.  If only I’d known I’d be spending my adult life in New Zealand I could have spared myself years of torture in language classes, or at least taken something I was good at, like Hawaiian. But whether I understand it or not, I enjoy Julietta Venegas.  I particularly like Limon y Sal and its cute silent movie aesthetic. Right!  The sewing!  The skirt! This week’s theme on the Sew Weekly is ‘Reality Check': make …

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 …