Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - A Free Pattern to Trim Your Dance Frock with Velvet Roses

I love how Ruth Wyeth Spears writes about this frock made of "pale lavender chiffon over a darker lavender slip". Can you imagine the colors? :) Note how the rose appliques and the bias bindings on the neckline, armholes, and drop-waist twisted band are made of rose-colored chiffon velvet. What a pretty picture!

Simply trace the petal shape multiple times on a 10-inch square of velvet for each rose applique, and repeat as often as desired around the skirt. Sweet!


  1. I love the simplicity of the neckline and the applique pattern. Reminds me of the simple elegance that Alabama Channin embodies!

  2. You are so right! Here is a link to the applique rose skirt at Alabama Chanin:

  3. Thanks for all these 1920s sewing instructions - they're really helpful for sewing 1920s dresses! :) I've sewn this dress: a white chiffon dress with appliqued pink georgette roses.

    1. You are so welcome, Lina! I am delighted to pass along these tips. :) Your dress turned out lovely. I love the choice of deep pink roses for your appliques. And I am so impressed that you used georgette and chiffon. I can see the green and the pink of the slips peeking through in your pictures - it's subtle, but definitely the colors do show. How fun to use different colored slips. Love the cloche too! Congratulations!