Friday, April 18, 2014

1938 Playdress

Considered a short tennis dress in 1938, this playdress has sporty, yet feminine style. Note the princess seams, chevron breast pockets, and a matching kerchief to discourage the wind. =)

Sweet, sunny fashion!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Smart Plait Treatments

Accented box pleats are the focus of this excellent tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears and the 1920s. She provides two ideas - top-stitched box pleats with extended points (a very handsome treatment, I think), and pairs of box pleats trimmed with braid (note the use of a low-hung belt over the pleats -a nice extra touch!).

Fine flapper fashion, I think!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer Fashion from 1938 - High-Waisted Skirt and Bolero!

A doff of the sun hat to this fabulous high-waisted skirt with front-crossing suspenders - with its matching bolero, it's1938 summer fashion that's yummy!

Notice the shirring on the short gigot sleeves?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Working with Striped Fabrics

When it comes to stripes, Ruth advises you to not be thrifty or skimpy with your fabric. Extra fabric is needed to align the stripes with symmetry. Ruth illustrates the resulting pleasing alignment when pattern pieces are laid out optimally, as well as the poor outcome when stripes are not aligned.

You may have noticed that Ruth uses the term "wash dress", a term from 1920s which I believe means a day dress that could be washed with the bulk of the weekly wash without needing any special care. I could be wrong, though. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

1938 Playsuit for Summer Fun

With a bare midriff and flared culottes, this charming two-piece playsuit can be slipped over a bathing suit or worn for leisurely sunning. Such charming style from 1938!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Add Overskirt with Knife Pleats to Your Frock

I love crisp pleats, so this tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears for home sewers in the 1920s is especially fun. Ruth describes how to add interest to a plain frock by adding groups of sharp knife pleats. She illustrates knife pleats in an "apron tunic" on the left and in the "flounces" that trim the frock on the right . Her directions are spot on, so let Ruth be your guide as you sew and let her drawings inspire you as you design your frock with pleats!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1938 Summer Frocks for Girls - Sunny, Sweet Fashion

Little girls love cute clothes too! These cotton frocks are perfect for play and special occasions for growing girls - and with 1938 style, they are timelessly cute fashion too!

From left: apron is gathered to shaped yoke; frock with bows and a belt; jumper frock with suspenders and blouse; frock with shirred waist & center front princess panel; frock with white collar and trim.