Finally! Sample photos of Loretta- Early 1930s Dress Pattern

I finally have some sample photos to share of the newest pattern that was recently released, the Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern of Loretta- Early 1930s Day and Evening Dress.  I have had this pattern cut out and partially completed for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally be sharing photos with you!

This sample was made of two tone rayon crepe fabric in white and black.  I thought it would be a rather fun nod to classic film to have it in these tones, and eventually I’d love to get some photos of myself wearing the dress.  But for now, these will suffice!


This is the day dress version with short sleeves and cuffs.  The little scarf piece is stitched to the neckline and passes through the bodice at two bound slits- sort of like bound buttonholes.


There are several rows of pintucks at both the front and back waist that give the little gathering and fullness across the waist that’s so characteristic of the early 1930s silhouette.  And the skirt is deceptively full!  Even though the lines of these dresses were pretty sleek, there is quite a bit of fabric at the hem!


You can get your copy of this pattern on my Wearing History Patterns website. It is available in both a 32″ and 36″ bust, and also includes an evening version, which I have yet to make.

12 Comments on Finally! Sample photos of Loretta- Early 1930s Dress Pattern

  1. Stephanie
    October 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, this looks fabulous!

  2. Janey
    October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so adorable!


  3. Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
    October 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, very pretty and charming! You’re right, I could definitely see this as a film costume from Hollywood’s Golden Era. I have to say that these pictures are so much more flattering than the vintage pattern art was! And the colors look almost nautical.

    Happy sewing!

  4. Charlotte
    October 22, 2012 at 2:12 am (3 years ago)

    Very glamorous! I love the interesting seamlines in the skirt.

    Question – where do you get rayon crepe? I’m so desperate for rayon crepe but I can’t find it ANYWHERE! None of London’s fabric shops seem to stock it (and I’ve been into like a dozen).

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

    • Lauren
      October 22, 2012 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Charlotte!
      I get it online from Fashion Fabrics Club. They actually have a decent selection of rayons- it varies, but often they have rayon gab, crepe, and satin!
      There’s also a place in the LA garment district that has some rayons, but Fashion Fabrics Club has a larger selection.
      They’re different every time I get them- some have a nice tight weave, others are quite loose. It’d kind of luck of the draw, unfortunately, but they all tend to have a nice drape and photograph well, even if the weave isn’t *quite* as tight as I’d like. If only we could find the tight weave of the old vintage fabrics!

      • Charlotte
        October 22, 2012 at 9:57 am (3 years ago)

        Thanks soooo much! I’m browsing their website now :)

        xx Charlotte

  5. RedPointTailor
    October 22, 2012 at 7:12 am (3 years ago)

    It’s fabulous!

  6. Hana - Marmota
    October 22, 2012 at 7:49 am (3 years ago)

    That’s beautiful! I’ve seen many pictures of patterns with scarf details like this.
    I love the colour scheme – it works really well with this style, sharp and contrasting yet softened by the bias cut.

  7. Ginger
    October 22, 2012 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Whoa, that’s amazing! Excellent job!

  8. Jen
    October 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, I love it, it’s beautiful! Great colour choices, too…and the name is perfect. If you were thinking Loretta Young, I can DEFINITELY see her wearing this!

    • Lauren
      October 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! And yes! You guessed it! I love her look in the early 1930s and I thought the design seemed rather *her*, too! :)

  9. Mugsy
    October 24, 2012 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my…the finished article reflects the pattern very nicely. Think I’m in LOVE! *sigh*