Monday, May 20, 2013

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Three Tie Belt - A Smart Innovation of the Season!

Do you love Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby, or simply the fashions of the Flapper Era? Then this fashion tip for a three tie girdle (belt) is for you!

This tip comes from a compilation of 250 newspaper articles of sewing and fashion tips by sewing maven for the home seamstress, Ruth Wyeth Spears. The compilation was published by Illustrated Home Sewing Magazine, is described as "a  book of graphic instructions in dressmaking and millinery" and is dated 1927. Illustrations are drawn by Ruth herself.

This tip provides complete instructions for sewing a three-tie belt worn at the hips. Note that this belt is sewn with a lining of contrast color, and is one of the "smart innovations of the season". It looks easy to sew. In fact the majority of the tips fall in that category and would make a great "Downton Abbey" Sew-Along. But I think I need to post a few more tips so that a full ensemble could be sewn. Not to mention, I want to get the tips posted before Downton Abbey moves on to the 1930s. :)

Keep watching for future postings of Ruth's tips!


  1. Ooohh! Exciting! Can't wait to see more!


  2. Thanks, Brigid! I am so glad to know someone is as excited as I am. :D

    I think her instructions are brilliant. Note how she has you mark and then sew around where the slashings are to be. And THEN you cut. I need to rummage through my fabric and find some fabric to experiment with. This tip looks so simple and fun!