This weekend was spent relaxing, and by relaxing I also mean some much loved creating and sewing time! I made this dress from Eva Dress’ 1932 Tea or Street Frock. I cannot even express how much I loved sewing this pattern! It was really fun! I haven’t sewn a pattern that was this fun in a long time. I don’t know really why I liked it so much. Something about piecing the pieces and making them lay “just so” when doing lapped seams, and having the pattern pieces match up just perfect, and doing my hems by hand so they were night invisible. It was all very satisfying (and now you know the depth of my sewing dorkiness) 😉
I made this dress from green rayon crepe and I used a vintage 1930s deco print fabric for my collar accent. I had been holding onto this fabric for years waiting for just the perfect project to come along and inspire me, and this was the one! I have a little bit left over, so will have to ponder an equally fun project to use my leftover fabric.
Now, I just need to come up with an excuse to make a tea frock and use some sort of wispy floaty fabric… Mmm… maybe printed organza with a silk chiffon drape… gotta save up first.
I am short waisted, so I shorted the pattern 1″ in the torso, and then had to shorten the collar and drape likewise. The only real fiddly bit for me was doing the rolled hem on the sleeve. Getting that darn point was rather difficult, so I think if I do it again instead of a rolled hem I’ll make a facing off of the pattern piece.
The pattern did run a little large for me in the waist and lower hip, though the high hip fit just fine, and was meant to be loose at top, so I had to make a conscious decision to leave it fitting loosely though I did take in the lower hip a bit. My gut instinct is to make everything rather fitted, but since this is early 30s I wanted a bit more “drape” to the fit. I kept literally fighting with myself over this! But I think I might make a little self belt with brown deco buckle as an extra accent, just to snug in the waist a bit. For the side fastener I did the original snap and hook and eye closure, which I usually think is a bit of a pain but I wanted to keep it period.
The hem length is the actual length of the pattern for street length- even though the illustration shows it a bit longer. This is the second dress I’ve made of this age, so I’m guessing it was a rather common thing. I’m a little taller than the average height (which I just found out is 5′ 4.6″ for women in the US), so if you’re average height or a bit shorter it might hit where the illustration shows 🙂
I have just enough of the green left over to make a matching jacket. Now I just have to do it 😉
For the pictures I paired the dress with a vintage 30s hat (which has cute smocking on the crown, but you can’t see it in the pictures), and brown 30s oxfords.