A Mock Up of a 1920’s One Hour Dress

1920's dress

It feels like it has been a very long time since I have shared any of my sewing projects with you all!  While it has been for a very good reason, I really wanted to share something.

So here it is! 🙂

One of my Christmas gifts was a book from Mary Brook Pickens which featured her One Hour Dress.  While I have tried many other designs from Ms. Pickens, this was my first go with this particular style.  I decided to time myself and see if it could really be done in an hour.  Well 90 minutes later I was finished, and while it did take a lot longer than the promised 60 minutes, I can see that most of it was my fault.

I wanted to use up some fabric I had lying around, but realized, a little to late, I didn’t have enough to create the dress as designed.  But I decided to forge ahead and see what I could create.  As a result, I ended up making the bodice piece too short to accommodate for the lack of fabric along with a skirt that was not wide enough to create the proper cascade at each side.  And my last mistake was picking a fabric that was too stretchy and as a result didn’t hang right (notice the belt…)

So….was it Ms Pickens fault that it took way too long and didn’t hang right?  No, it was mine and as a result I will do it right the next time.  I wasn’t sure if I should share this dress or not, but thought if someone was debating creating one on their own for the first time…they may want to learn from my mistakes.

Therefore without further ado, I bring you the mock up dress that is meant to be a learning tool for you, as well as myself!  Scroll to the end of the post to see information on the pattern itself.






Pattern Information:  Click picture if interested in purchasing the book…


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4 thoughts on “A Mock Up of a 1920’s One Hour Dress

  1. At first I thought the material was a knit, now I’m not sure what it is after seeing all the pictures…. The belt definitely needs a less floppy fabric like you said. I can totally see some applique on the dress though to finish off the whole 20’s feel. 🙂 Good work pulling it off in 90 minutes btw! At this point I can’t sew anything resembling clothing in an hour lol.

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