A teenager’s dress pattern, circa 1944. I love the cummerbund waist and the gathered shoulder yokes, reminiscent of my ladies’ 1940s “Swing” Dress Pattern. Note the option for a confirmation dress at the lower left-hand corner.
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Another teen dress–this one with a bit of a "south-of-the-border" flavor to it.
Vogue Patterns brought out a “new” line of “Vintage Vogue” patterns in 1999–reprints from the archives that are absolutely fabulous. If you want to make your own, here is the place to go! Be sure to visit the Vogue Patterns Website to see more from this wonderful collection. (Images copyright Vogue Patterns 1999)
The slim, willowy look of this dress is pure 1930s, but you’ll notice that the skirt flares a bit and is not as long as earlier skirts from this decade. We’re heading into the 1940s “swing” era now!
This 1938 pattern is for a day dress with a gored skirt, tailored bodice and puffed sleeves. Note the collar and pretty long-sleeved option.
Here is a trio of wonderful leading ladies from the 1930s. The 1930s “look” is so distinctive–particularly in films. Left to right: Myrna Loy in a large ruffled-collar dress; Joan Crawford in a very early 1930s publicity shot (note that the gown still has a lot of 1920s style elements with its straight lines and […]
Here is a lovely, slim day dress pattern. Isn’t the collar a wonderful contrast to the straight lines of the skirt?
I adore Shirley Temple and collected Shirley memorabilia as a teenager. Watching her films is a treat–even more so if you are a vintage fashion aficionado. It is truly fun to see how women wore the designs of the 1930s, and Shirley’s clothing is always amazing. Below are several shots taken as promotionals for Shirley’s […]
The photo with Shirley posing as a flower girl shows those ruffly early 1930s designs. Look at all the frou-frou on the wedding gown and bridesmaid gown! Shirley’s mother designed and made Shirley’s gown for this photo shoot. At the far right is a profile shot of Shirley wearing the same dress. Thanks to Rita […]
Here is a scrap from my own collection, showing Shirley on the set of “Just Around the Corner.” What I love about children’s fashions of the 1930s are the crisply tailored lines and delightful design details. Notice Shirley’s ruffled pinafore that isn’t “fussy” and the ribbon bows on the bodice front.
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