>Ever since I started planning my wardrobe for our vacation last year I’ve been nearly obscessed with fashion from 1938. I adore it. It’s when you really see a fun influence in swing fashion from American culture and it was really a transitional period between the fashion lines of the mid 30s to the early 40s. You’ve got the feminine touches of the thirties combined with the tailored lines of the early 40s, and fashion just went MAD for novelty. I am fortunate enough to have just scored two catalogs on Ebay from 1938 and I’m hoping I can share some scans once they arrive! Yippee!
I made this skirt from Simplicity 2935 (which just happens to be on my Etsy store right now). It’s most likely from 1938, though it may be early 1939. This skirt had been waiting in the to-make stash since last summer, though I’ve had the pattern a lot longer. The fabric was bought, the blouse I meant to pair it with was made (a link to the blog entry on the blouse is here), but I just lacked motivation! The prospect of going to a dance last weekend renewed my desire to sew it, so I pulled out the fabric, traced the pieces, and set to work! Although it wasn’t finished in time, I did do all the little finishing bits to it last night and twirled around the living room in it last night to Mildred Bailey, wearing a pj top underneath. Oh yes, I’m classy.
This pattern is really quite an interesting one in terms of fashion history. It was on the brink of war and yet the fashion world was engrossed in Tyrolean or Alpine style, mostly from altered versions of dirdls or German folk dress. I did a post on this a bit ago here. This skirt is no exception to the fashion craze of 1938 through early 1940, and it has an attached apron to the front of the skirt. As if, with ten gores, there isn’t enough fullness!
This is such a fun, swirly skirt. It fits slimly at the top and then flares out, making me want to swish and sashay around the house! I guess I need a proper excuse to wear it out! Though people might look at me suspiciously when I start to sway in line at the grocery store… I swear there’s a difference between the “I have to go to the bathroom” dance and the “I have a swirly skirt” sway. Hehe!
This is made from a black rayon twill with a nice weave that’s not too stiff and not too drapey. Just enough to hold it’s shape the proper way! I think I made the skirt a little higher waisted than inteded, though, as I fit the skirt with the gores before I put on the high waistband (oops?). I kind of like it that way, though! I think the waistline was supposed to hit around the middle of the waistband/yoke. I also didn’t do buttonholes but just tacked the buttons on… I figured with a side fastener I can just slide on into it without the extra nuissance of buttonholes!
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