Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Thirties' Housedress: New York 948

I thought this pattern was adorable, mostly for the button-on apron. Although when I came to cut it out of my chosen fabric, I didn't have enough for the apron! Oh well, there was the consolation of black rickrack used as scalloped trimming.


I used a set of remnants from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. Bella dug through the remnant table and came up with several very short rolls. They looked very thirties to me. They were loving the orange in the thirties!


I was surprised at how loosely this dress sits at the bust, waist, and hips. I guess it's designed to have plenty of ease to work in. It's downright baggy, and needs a belt! I'll have to piece one together out of little tiny scraps, I guess.


Fortunately I had just the right buttons mixed up in one of my jars--I love how they echo the square geometry of the printed cotton.

21 comments:

Serena said...

It's lovely! The buttons could not be any more perfect! It looks good on you, despite any bagginess it might have.

Tracy said...

The pattern picture has a belt on it. I bet it would look very spiffy with a black one.

I am so envious of your ability to obtain beautiful dressmaking fabric. It seems that we have only the dregs of what is available in the few fabric shops around, over here.

Polly said...

Love it! And I covet your button jars.

AmysZoo said...

Did they really wear such pretty things to clean their homes back then? Will this be a "going out" dress or a "staying in" dress for you?

I have been doing some sewing myself here lately and, in addition to liking the fact that my girls have some new skirts, I am loving the sense of accomplishment and creativity that comes with finishing something. Especially if it is beautiful AND functional.

Thanks for inspiration on so many fronts, including sewing!

monika said...

Looking at photos of regular people from the thirties (not models or moviestars) - they actually wore rather baggy clothes.

Anonymous said...

From the pic, I don't think it looks baggy in a "sloppy" sense.It looks quite comfy. . . great for a day of on-the-town errand-running, light chores and a light gardening. It's practical and pretty. I'd wear it as is without a belt!

Emily

Leah said...

This is a super cute dress! I also love the buttons. :)

An Adventurer in the World said...

I have a small collection of dresses similar to this one.

An elderly retired missionary gave them to me when I was in high school in the 1970s. She must have worn them for over 40 years, and in a tropical climate at that! ...they were actual 1930s garments.

deb meyers

AnnaVallance said...

The dress looks awesome and of course the buttons are perfect.

Sage said...

Lovely, as always :) I love the fabric!

Laura said...

I am reminded of your words in the recent Linen Shirtwaist post...
"how strange it feels to wear anything these days with any extra fabric in it at all."

This dress is suitable, practical and one I'd wear in a 1930's minute.

A belt would add definition.
I see brown braided leather to coordinate with the nifty buttons.

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Lisateresa said...

It's very nice - I like it.
I'm beginning to see that the sketches of slim-fitting dresses on the covers of these vintage patterns aren't necessarily the way they really fit. That's encouraging because I've shied away from them, afraid of ending up with something too snug.

YayaOrchid said...

Does the pattern give you the option of sewing the dress view with the apron? It's different, and very pretty as well. Reminds me a little of the S&S swing pattern.

Anonymous said...

I, too, think that dress is lovely. It looks very comfortable. I don't know how to sew yet, but I'd like to if I could make dresses as charming as
that. (Hope you don't mind a comment from a lurker?.

The Vintage Rose said...

The dress is just adorable and bottons perfect. The dictates of modesty meant garments were a little less snug than today. Quite comfortable to work in -add a belt for going out if you like.

KinaBolina said...

Oh I love the print!

Candace said...

Wow, that is a fantastic house dress. I would love several of those to clean in. IT seems that this pattern would fit al the way up tp a 24 easily with resizing, not too mention that the buttons would make nursing a breeze.

I love it!

TRS said...

Ooh. I love that fabric.

I'd gladly take scraps off your hands to repair my baby quilt.
My aunt made it with floursack cloth - and some of the little ships have worn through. Always on the lookout for vintage fabrics to start piecing it back together.

Rona's Home Page said...

I love this dress. I wish I had more of an opportunity to wear a dress.

Eva Girl said...

When I saw this lovely dress in your Etsy store I squealed with delight! My husband just ordered it for me for my birthday! I'll cherish the fact that it was made by you - I have enjoyed reading your blog : ) Thank you so much! Blessings!

donaleen said...

House dresses need to be loose fitting. They are meant for work... scrubbing the floor, hanging out the laundry, kneading bread. Things that require movement. Most dresses today do not allow much movement.

I think your dress is lovely and fits beautifully.

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