The Fashion Salon’s Sewing Room

“This is a busy, bustling time for the girl who makes her own clothes and who perhaps is lucky enough to have a mother or sister to help her when it comes to a bit of fitting.  I have made these clothes for our Sewing Room display, and I feel sure you won’t find them difficult.  With the exception of the full skirt, they do not require much material.  They are typical of styles found in good pattern books – not necessarily identical, but similar.

00000739.tifs This year there are two silhouettes for evening – the pencil slim and the wide.  Choose which you will: both are good.  Straight and narrow lines perhaps look and are newer, but the full-skirted dance frock is too becoming to be abandoned.


Here you see it in its most enchanting mood. It could be of silk velvet or some stiff, self-assertive fabric.  Yards and yards of materiel make the skirt, which gathers slightly where it joins the low basque, then swirls out into wide hemline.  For a dramatic effect the entire underside could be face for eight inches or more in vivid contrast.  The up-in-front line frames the shoes instead of the ankles.


The dinner suit in silk sating, silk crepe, or silk velvet is still the smarted thing for late-afternoon-into-eveing parties, Sunday night suppers, hotel dining, night clubs.  It is smart all in one color and fabric, but a sequin or lamé top is refreshing,.  This one shows the new severe slimness.  The tight-fitting jacket, button right up the front to the little round collar, gives a covered up look and is worn over a slim skirt to slip.


The two-piece is high fashion again.  Sometimes it’s all in one fabric; but more often frocks for formal afternoons and evening when you don’t dress have lamé or tissue-metal tops.  Silk velvet, wool, or a silk cloy material in black and dark colors is perfect.  The open neckline hugging the sides and back of the neck is unusual; so are below-the-elbow sleeves.”


Source: Caroline Gray of The Fashion Staff, Good Housekeeping, October 1937

It’s a Block Party! A pattern block party that is…

After finishing all the measurements based off of my 1930’s Pattern Cutting book, I began the surprisingly fun process of building the base pattern pieces.  Now, I have never considered myself a very mathematical person, but I found it strangely satisfying to measure, and divide, and alter the measurements, and before you knew it, three hours went by!  The process outlined in the book was very detailed and very fool proof.  The author recommended tracing all the pieces on paper…and the only paper that I had wide enough was leftover Christmas wrapping paper!  I highly recommend this process as you don’t feel bad if you make a mistake, and it is very easy to erase and redraw!  The two main bodice pieces are created within a giant square with which you then create the pieces.  Now perhaps many of you are thinking…well duh Aimee, this is how you draw a pattern!  And you would be correct….except in my self taught way, I just normally slap it on the paper and eyeball the shape.  It has worked for me so far…but I could be converted! 🙂

P.S. Sorry if the drawing lines are a little hard to see….

Here is a visual look at the process!

The Main Bodice Pieces




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