Saturday, June 14, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - A Tailored Jabot

In this tip for home sewers of the 1920s, Ruth Wyeth Spears describes how to start with a plain pattern for a blouse and change it with the smartest details of the day. Her thorough instructions describe how to add contrast fabric  cuffs, bias roll collar, and a pleated jabot that slips in and out of two bound openings. Very tailored and very chic!

I didn't know buns over the ears were popular in the 1920s - Princess Leia as a flapper? ;) Enjoy!


  1. Those bins were the style for girls not brave enough to bob their hair. They were known, slangily, as 'cootie garages.'

  2. Thank you, Shay! I've never seen them in any advertising or literature from the 1920s before this. Cootie garages - how funny!