It's cold and I want another winter dress. And I want to use left-overs from other projects and fabric from my stash - no shopping for this project! A girl has got to have a challenge. 😉 I am repeating the 1939 two-piece dress that I just made as a separate skirt and top (as intended), but… Continue reading A rerun in bits
My Turquoise Quartet wasn't quite finished when I thought it was. Things weren't quite right - some obviously so, and I pointed them out in my original post, others only becoming noticeable with wear. The original "two piece dress" came out well, even if it makes me look like a school teacher, but actually I quite like… Continue reading A corporate solution
It all started with this crêpe by John Kaldor that I bought at the Knitting & Stitching Show in London this October: What colour is this? Umm, blue? No. Having bought this crêpe early in the day, I then decided to get some matching navy gabardine for something or other - I was still working… Continue reading Teal? Petrol? Turquoise?
I got my hands on some 1930s patterns, finally! Some sewing, some knitting and lots and lots of embroidery, plus the obligatory slimming and getting-rid-of-the-beard ads, plus a very special way of rejuvenating your hair! The three magazines in question are: February 1936 "The Needlewoman", UK; and November 1937 and March 1938 "Mode und Wäsche",… Continue reading Three magazines from 1930s
I have now made several patterns from Beyers Mode für Alle 1940/41 magazine. These patterns are significantly different from 1950s patterns that I've sewn before. My college tutors always warned us that you couldn't just measure a 1940s pattern and know how it would fit - the amount of draping, subtle and obvious, and the… Continue reading Lessons from 1940s
No, not the actual stuff! I am not about to air her bloomers or anything. 😮 My elder grandmother was born around 1908 and got married in early 1930s, with her first child born in 1936, so 1930s was very much "her" decade - the time when she was young. The 30s remained with my… Continue reading My grandmother’s undergarments