I’ve had this 1930s pattern for a long time and couldn’t imagine ever making it, but tah dah, with a bit of pattern modifying and help from Sarah of Workspace Fashion and Design School, I’ve done it!
The pattern is Home Journal 4463 and calls for a 34 inch bust, which I don’t have, although the other measurements are slightly larger than mine. Cue this aubergine knit from the Morrison sale and my bust issues were solved. For people not from Perth, Morrison is a local designer and a couple of times a year they sell their excess fabric to the Perth sewists. It’s usually high quality fabric and very reasonably priced.
Anyway, I have now converted this “evening frock” as described on the pattern packet to a “daytime frock”. I am even becoming enamoured of the term “frock”!
There are some lovely details in this dress. The shoulders are shirred, and there is a deep v neck front and back fitting into a beautifully shaped bodice.
The front and back are almost identical, and I’m not convinced I’ve got it on the right way round in these photos!
The sleeves are really big and may have been a contender for the sleevefest challenge on Instagram. As it is, I am going to double dip this dress, entering it for the magamsewalong hosted by Sarahlizsewstyle, as well as for the vintage pledge.
The dress is longer than I would normally wear, but it’s necessary to get the benefit from the shape of the skirt. I took it to Hobart with me recently and wore it to visit the Lady Franklin Museum of Fine Art, which was opened in 1843. It is called Ancanthe, meaning “Vale of Flowers”, and is located in Lenah Valley, which was where Mark’s mother lived.
It is a beautifully proportioned little building in the Greek style.
As I was travelling I didn’t have a good choice of shoes, and I think these ballet flats are a bit, um, flat, but the colour matches pretty well.
I had planned to wear this dress to the Dior Exhibition in Melbourne, but the weather went pear shaped on me, so I reverted to plan B.
On another note, the winner of the Itch-to-Stitch giveaway is Celine. Celine, congratulations and if you read this could you please email me on email@example.com to claim your prize.
12 thoughts on “Home Journal 1930s dress”
So lovely when sewists can duplicate styles of the past and make them new again! I love this shade and the details of the dress. It’s also nice to see some sunshine as we have had our first bit of snow, it’s not sticking, but it’s still snow!
Wow, snow! Just warming up here, so bracing ourselves!
great dress, such a good version of that vintage pattern. and fantastic photos as well.
Thank you Beth, I sometimes like the backgrounds better than what I’m wearing!
This turned out great! Everything old is new again.
It certainly is!
It looks gorgeous and suits you well. The match with the belt and shoes is perfect.
Thanks Sonja. I think the shoes are a bit flat so I’m looking forward to wearing it with heels.
Beautiful! Such a graceful dress!
Why thank you!
What a clever pattern. It has so kwny interesting details. The color and the drape of the fabric are lovely as well and I think the length is just right 🙂
Thank you Katharina, the jury is still out on this dress for me. We shall see how often I wear it.