>An Early 30s Tea Frock and Fun on the Queen Mary

>Yesterday my husband and I spent the day on the Queen Mary at their annual Art Deco Festival.  It was such fun! We went to the tea dance, and had lots of fun dancing around in the main ballroom and chatting with friends.


I had grand plans to make one of Ginger Rogers gowns from Top Hat, but alas, time won and I put aside my partially completed gown to make for another event in the future, and turned to my fabric and pattern stash and found a lovely little vintage cotton organdy print fabric I’ve heed hoarding, and a new green silk for contrast trim.

 I got a chance to play with my new Perfect Pleater (I have a feeling I will be making a LOT more pleated trim in the future.  I love this little toy!), and the result was cute little 1/4″ tucks that I added to the neckline and the peplum, and a made up a little belt to match, inspired by the one on the cover of the pattern envelope and an original 1910s one I have.  The belt has short lengths of boning at the center and closes with hooks and eyes, then I sewed the bow on top so it keeps the uniform width all the way around instead of narrowing at the front where the bow is tied.  I really love this vintage pattern and this is the second time I’ve made it (previously I made the longer version with the squared neckline), but there’s two qualms I have with it.  I usually have to shorten the torso on my patterns 1″, and I did that on this which made it too short in the torso (thus the thicker belt to hide the waist seam ;) ).  I also was expecting the skirt to hit more mid-calf, but it hits where it does on me with no alterations to length. I’m assuming this was originally drafted on the petite side.

 It was a really lovely and relaxed day, and such fun to get dressed up and go out! Plus it’s a great cause to restore a historic ship, and lots of fun to see different folks interpretations of period styles.  I just wish I remembered to take more photos!  I just have these and a couple others up on my flickr page.

20 Comments on >An Early 30s Tea Frock and Fun on the Queen Mary

  1. b.
    September 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm (6 years ago)

    >What a lovely frock ~ I swear everything you sew is so nice. ^__^xox,bonita of Depict This!

  2. BaronessVonVintage
    September 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm (6 years ago)

    >Oh how LOVELY!! ADORE your hat, too!

  3. Katie
    September 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    >That looks like so much fun! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous, especially with that perfectly drapy hat.

  4. Out in the Fields
    September 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm (6 years ago)

    >The dress is stunning!! The color combo looks wonderful on you:)

  5. labonnefemme1
    September 7, 2010 at 4:05 am (6 years ago)

    >Simply astonishing!

  6. The Dreamstress
    September 7, 2010 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    >So cute! I love the colours (especially on you!) and now I really, really want a perfect pleater!

  7. *Katia*
    September 7, 2010 at 9:45 am (6 years ago)

    >your outfit is absolutely adorable!!love it!!

  8. casey
    September 7, 2010 at 10:48 am (6 years ago)

    >You look stunning, Lauren! The print you picked for this dress is just so stunning–I can't take my eyes off it! :)♥ Caseyblog | elegantmusings.com

  9. Retro Chick
    September 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm (6 years ago)

    >Oh that dress is so beautiful!I so wish I'd paid more attention in textiles at school!

  10. Darlene
    September 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm (6 years ago)

    >Just smashing. You wear your wares so well!

  11. "The Golden Girl of the West"
    September 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm (6 years ago)

    >That is a gorgeous dress you made Lauren! I was rather sad I didn't get to make it this year, but hopefully next…..~Syd

  12. EvaDress
    September 9, 2010 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    >I especially love View A of the Butterick pattern. Have you made it?

  13. Wearing History
    September 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm (6 years ago)

    >Thank you so much, gals!! :DEvaDress, thanks so much! I made View A a few years ago in a neat blue floral crinkle chiffon. That reminds me, I actually haven't worn it to anything yet! Must remedy that :)Ooh… and I got the jacket pattern! Thank you so much, and thanks for adding the extra tailoring information! So helpful :) Gotta get my but in gear and make my husband a mock up since he says he wants one by next month (yeah right). hehe!

  14. Lauren
    September 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm (6 years ago)

    >Just gorgeous! This era fits you soooo well!

  15. Kesenya
    September 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

    >Honey, I've gotta say you look an absaloute picture in this dress….you are stunning !!! I have also posted your interview on my blog if you are keen to have a peek !! Thanks ever so for being my Miss September – and a beautiful one you are too !!much love always – and gosh your blog inspires me !!Kesenya at Alice Jean's

  16. RetroJetGirl
    October 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    >Wow, this outfit is amazing!!!I never really was a fan of the 1930's but I think you may have just converted me. You look so at home in this setting, the photos are lovely!

  17. Kesenya
    April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

    >Honey, I've gotta say you look an absaloute picture in this dress….you are stunning !!! I have also posted your interview on my blog if you are keen to have a peek !! Thanks ever so for being my Miss September – and a beautiful one you are too !!much love always – and gosh your blog inspires me !!Kesenya at Alice Jean's

  18. EvaDress
    April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

    >I especially love View A of the Butterick pattern. Have you made it?

  19. The Dreamstress
    April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

    >So cute! I love the colours (especially on you!) and now I really, really want a perfect pleater!

  20. Out in the Fields
    April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

    >The dress is stunning!! The color combo looks wonderful on you:)

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