Just a quick note to let you know I’ve just listed several knitting e-patterns from the 1930′s and 1940′s on my Etsy shop. Hope you love them!
I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve been working on!!
NEW PATTERN TIME!!!
Introducing Dahlia- 1940′s Blouse Pattern!
Now available in mailed print pattern here:
Or print-at-home e-pattern here!
These extremely elegant blouses from circa 1940 are suitable for looks from 1938-1941, until fabric rationing was in place for World War II. These blouses can transition into your wardrobe as a stand alone blouse to mix and match, or can create the look of a two-piece dress when a skirt is made in matching fabric.
Choose from a crossover front, button front, or V neck blouse, and mix and match with short, 3/4 length, or long sleeves. These transition easily from season to season based on your fabric choice, and the classic lines of these blouses will be suitable for wear in the modern world, as well as period correct for vintage attire.
These blouses are in vintage WOMEN’S Sizing from 30″ bust to 46″ bust, all in one size packet.
Misses, Juniors, or Plus Sizes may require alterations to fit correctly.
When worn with a long skirt, this has the appearance of an evening gown!
The button front blouse makes quite an elegant statement.
When mixed with modern separates, it creates a fun vintage throwback look, too!
Hope you love the new pattern!! Please help me out by passing on the word, if you think you’d have friends who would like it, too :)
This may be the latest posted “Finished Project” on my blog EVER. In fact, I finished this many years ago, before I even had a blog! It’s one of those projects that I felt completely inspired by, intended to wear to an event, but then put away and never took out again. Well, I was determined to take photographs in it this year. To be honest, I highly doubted I would actually fit in it, but a little squeezing from my new corset I made this year, and it *barely* fit. Good enough for pictures, anyways!
When I first became aware of James Tissot’s amazing paintings, I wanted to make a bunch of dresses inspired by them. This one, “At the Rifle Range” (or “Woman at the Rifle Range”) from 1869 was an instant favorite because it appealed to my inner adventuress.
My husband was sweet enough to instruct me how to stand, so we could play at replicating the feel of the pose. Here, with photoshopped background to look more autumn/winter-y than we currently are in Southern California. The pistol is just a toy.
And here is how the plants really look in November where we live. I honestly wish we had some sort of weather- the years tend to kind of run together when you don’t have a visual representation of the changing of the seasons.
Unfortunately, I can’t give details on it because I honestly don’t remember what I did, but I DO know I used Truly Victorian for a base of top and overskirt (though I can’t remember which ones), and changed the patterns, but the underskirt is my all time favorite base skirt, the Grand Parlour Skirt. The fabric is an odd, interior decor fabric of sueded synthetic fibres, and the trim is faux fur.
Here’s a view of the back. I used antique cut steel buttons.
Trying to be Christmas-y with a vintage fur muff.And some kitty pictures for good measure :)
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Many blessings to you and yours.
I am so saddened by the recent tragedy in the Philippines, that from now until the end of the weekend, 10% of my Wearing History Etsy Shop proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help aid victims of the typhoon.
I urge other small business owners, or those who are financially able, to consider doing something similar. We can help make an impact, and every small bit counts.
“Do not withhold good from whom those it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” ~ Proverbs 3:27
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Great news!! The 1930s Blouse and Skirt patterns are available ahead of schedule. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the printed pattern. Really helped me out :)
You can order the wide format, mailed printed patterns of the Blouse & Skirt combo, or each piece individually.
You can buy the E-pattern for the blouse here.
You can buy the E-pattern for the skirt here.
Please help me out by spreading the word if you like these new patterns. Thanks a bunch :)
I have super exciting news! I’ve new pattern available, and you can now order it on my website.
When I first started out, with hand traced copies, I had this one up on my Etsy store in a size 42 bust. Well, now it’s gotten a make over, and it’s done digitally, with clean, crisp lines, in multisize from sizes 32″ bust to 46″ bust, and the instruction pack has gotten a revamp with some added information. I also added two more sizes than the pattern was originally available in!
I admit, part of the allure of reissuing this one is that I REALLY wanted one in my size. To me, it seems like the perfect blouse for novelty and cotton prints! Here’s my pattern sample in progress. You’ll get more pictures after the entire ensemble is complete!
If you don’t want both pieces, you have the option of purchasing the blouse or the skirt separately. Here’s more info on each piece individually.
- Blouse -
The blouse goes from day to evening like it was made for it. Well, it was! Those gals of the past, they really knew how to get the most bang for their buck, so what’s not to love about wardrobe basics that can transition? The blouse can be made with short, puffed, pleated sleeves and a short peplum, or long sleeves and a long peplum- like those tunic blouses I posted the other day. This pattern dates from around 1936-1937, and if you’ve been into vintage for a while you know how nearly impossible it is to find 1930′s blouses that exist in wearable condition. Well, now you can make as many as you like!
The blouse meets at center front and can either zip up (how sporty!), fasten with button and loops, or snap together over an underlap with cute bow detail at the center front. The blouse also includes pieces for a matching belt or girdle sash.
- Skirt -
If you’re in need of a skirt to pair with the blouses already in your closet, this one is a fabulous wardrobe basic. This skirt is cut on the bias and looks just as pretty in wools for winter as it does in satins for evening wear. Try it in a plaid, for a super sporty 1930s look. Ooh, wool plaid skirt with zip front blouse. I think it’s perfect for the collegiate look!
The skirt can be made either “street length” for daytime wear or ankle length for cocktail and evening wear.
This pattern is available as both a wide format, mailed pattern, and as a downloadable e-pattern.
You buy the printed skirt and blouse combo here. It’s available ONLY through me, because this pattern takes up way too much paper to be offer it thorough any of my lovely pattern vendors who stock my line (woe!). But, I’m cutting you a bit of a deal that way, so if you think you’ll want both pieces down the line, order the set.
You can buy the printed blouse pattern here.
You can buy the printed skirt here.
E-patterns for the blouse and skirt separately are available for $9.99 each. But be forewarned, this is a mighty big pattern pack, so the pattern sheet alone (not including instructions) takes up a whopping 40 pages each!
You can buy the E-pattern for the blouse here.
You can buy the E-pattern for the skirt here.
I hope you love the pattern as much as I do!
It’s time for a new pattern!
Those of you who have been following me for a while may recognize this one. It was my first multi-size Resto-Vival pattern back in my Etsy days when I first started out. Well, by popular demand I’ve brought it back! It’s been reformatted to look more professinal, with a snazzy new cover and instruction layout.
MultiSize – 24″ through 32″ Waist all in one Packet
This “Resto-Vival” pattern is a fantastic wardrobe basic for those interested in recreating authentic looks from the 1940s. Based on an original vintage pattern, this includes 5 waist sizes in one packet. These panties and bloomers feel elegant under dresses, but also make great loungewear or pajamas for a modern gal. The bias cut tap panties are smooth and modestly sexy, while the bloomers are great under skirts for cooler weather. A historically appropriate solution to what to wear under your vintage dresses, these are a great base for your lace insertion or creative applique designs.
- Bias Cut - These hug the figure with the cut of the fabric, making you feel elegant in even your most basic dresses.
- A Solution to Warm and Cool Weather Undies- The tap panties are cool for warm weather, while the bloomers keep you warm in cooler weather.
- Great Base for Your Creative Designs- add your own applique, embroidery, or lace insertion to create elegant yet practical underthings
- Authentic Vintage Fit- This pattern fits the authentic vintage way. A looser crotch than modern panties makes these hug the figure, and the bias cut with no front and back seam makes these invisible under dresses.
- Cute for Loungewear, too- Make these up in fun, lightweight cottons for cool loungewear or modern pajamas!
Hope you love it! Please help spread the word on this new pattern by sharing this post with your friends :)
Here’s a fun little inspiration post from fashion’s past. These are colorful images of stockings from the Chicago Mail Order catalog for Spring and Summer of 1930. Click the image for a larger version.
Ladies could choose either rayon (which was invented as a silk substitute), or silk. This attracted both budget points.
Notice how there are plain stockings, but there are also really cleverly designed ones with detailed French heels and side detailing, similar to stockings of earlier time periods but sheer. How old fashioned but still risque!
Also notice that ankle socks and heels were popular. But also offered were these interesting whimsical stockings. Here’s a 1930 fashion fad for you:
Stockings that appear like ankle socks! And wild plaid stockings, too!