Hello there! After months of putting this 1930s plaid summer dress off to the side, and getting caught up in other summer activities (i.e. mowing, gardening, singing engagements, parties, working, the list goes on…) instead, my procrastination tactics remained rust free and decay impossible, and the poor unfinished dress sat in the corner of my room.
And then, opportunity struck. A reason to finish the dress was realized!
I found the will power after we made some plans take a trip to the Cincinnati Flea a while back with some fellow vintage enthusiasts. A week prior to the outing I decided that I really wanted to wear something vintage, because the girls were going to and so were our friends, but I did not possess one nice vintage summer dress. Oh the horror! Brigi heard my cries of distress, and, having already finished up her sewing projects for the time being, came to my rescue. Together we finished the dress in a day.
It only needed a day’s worth of time to be finished? Well, yes, but there were four hands working on it… 😉
Oh and I mustn’t forget that Mom even had a hand in this dress. In the very beginning she was the one who helped cut out and finish the edges of the fabric before I was able to devote any time to it. So I really can’t say that it is a What I Made, but more of a What We Made. In the end, the dress is finished, and I am so happy with it. 🙂
Pattern: Vogue 1938 V8767 / Fabric: Fabric Shack / Two zippers: one metal-reused, one plastic-Joanns / Fabric Lining: Fabric Mart Fabrics
When I first began to design the look of this ’30s inspired dress (an original Vogue 1938 pattern), I knew that I wanted it to be plaid, and I knew I wanted it to have an accent collar. The original dress pattern calls for a jabot (pronounced: jah-boh), however the idea of having a frilly, floppy bunch of fabric right under my neck wasn’t all that appealing. Oh yes! I could just picture myself trying to eat a bowl of soup or a messy taco with that wonderful decorative wad of fabric getting smeared in food. No thanks! A simple no-fuss zip collar was created instead. And I very much like it.
If there is one thing I wish I would have done better, it would be to match up the plaids… *rolling eyes and sighing* Becoming a sewer is one thing, but becoming a picky seamstress is a whole other story. I have learned to be patient in the finicky, small details of sewing. I can do those things; they’re small, manageable, and interesting. But if you want me to tell you exactly how the garment is going to look after following the instructions, my mind kind of turns off. I haven’t learned to “see” with the pattern, nor to understand how cutting and stitching a part of a garment in one way can give it a completely different look as compared to if I did it in another way.
Practice is key here, and I need a lot more of it! I plan to get me a whole parcel of it by and by. ^_^
So that is my summer project so far, dears. I hope you like it! I sure do. One thing that I have discovered is that I fully believe I was made for the 30s era. It really suits my figure! I have broad shoulders with an athletic, strong build, more so than someone like my sister Charlotte who can pull off the fifties quite well with her narrow shouldered, feminine build. Yep, 30s has definitely become a favorite era for me, besides the 40s of course!
Oh! One thing I forgot to mention–when we use cotton or any other stick-to-your-hose fabric for our clothes, the girls and I are constantly forgetting to put in linings. However, this dress was provided with a lining, which has made it that much more wonderful to wear. No, I really haven’t worn hose with it, but I know I will be when the cold begins to set it, and I put layers under and over this pretty frock.
What projects have you made this summer?
Are you one to match up the fabric pattern in making your clothes?
What is your favorite aspect of this late 193os dress?
Happy sewing (or dreaming), dear friends!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer