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Thursday, April 25, 2013

1930s Beach Dress - HSF#8 - By the Sea

The Challenge: #8 By The Sea

Fabric: Printed floral polycotton, plain white polycotton

Pattern: Lisette 2246 - modified to create the look of 1930's beach dress

Year: Early 30's as my waistling is still slightly dropped a vesitige of the 1920's styles

Notions: wood flower buttons, red embroidery floss, white thread.

How historically accurate is it? I've tried to recreate the right 'look' copying a pattern cover from the 1930's but the fabric choice is less accurate so I'd say its 50/50. lol!

Hours to complete: Took me a week or thereabouts sewing on and off. All sewn by hand.

First worn: 14th April

Total cost:£10


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    1. thank you. Now I just need some proper sunshine...lol

  2. Oh my gosh! That is so adorable. You know, the fabric choice looks fantastic to me, even if its not a totally correct fiber, the print and color certainly look perfect!

    It's been amazing see the rapid development of your sewing skills over the history of this blog. You are a great seamstress!

    1. Thank you Sarah. I'm glad you like it. I'm finding that a lot of the projects I found troublesome when I started I can now go back and improve. My fitting is getting better. Its gone from nowhere near to RTW standard. I'm taking more time with projcts too.

  3. Very pretty!

    I so happy to know that someone else enjoys sewing by hand too! When I first learned to sew (oh, about 40 years ago!) I HATED hand sewing. Now I like it better than machine sewing. It's relaxing, and you have much more control over areas like collars and cuffs.

    1. Thank you Julie. There are so many advantages to hand sewing. You don't have to be as pedantic about the order you sew in as you don't have to make sure it can go through the machine.