1920s Frock Pattern


This is a super pattern for a simple, everyday 1920s frock, perfect in linen, cotton or other summery fabrics. Thank you to Tuesday’s Child for the loan!

2 Comments on 1920s Frock Pattern

  1. Jo Lyn Shelton
    October 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Hi Jennie
    I am looking for a mother of the bride dress for my daughter’s wedding in May 2017. I am 60 years old and am a size 1X. I LOVE the 1920s era dresses, but am afraid I am too busty, my tummy is too big and my tush is on the super curved side. That being said, I would love to wear a drop waist, vintage style dress for this spring time wedding in Nashville. I love your “shop” and would love to have your input into my fashion ideas. Do you think I could pull off wearing this style?

    • Jennie Chancey
      October 22, 2016 at 11:02 pm (11 hours ago)

      Hello, Jo Lyn! I tend to actively avoid the drop-waist style myself, because it does no favors to us curvy ladies! It takes a flat, willowy form to really pull it off, so the last time I could have worn it well would have been about age 22. 😉 The flat-fronted design of the 1920s doesn’t hide tummy bulge or flatter a full hipline. In fact, the majority ladies of that time period had to wear bust-flattening corsets and longline girdles to pull it off. I would recommend a fit-and-flare style, which is what I find most flattering for our shape. A nipped-in waist (which can be cut to hit above the tummy) creates a lovely hourglass that is timeless and feminine. It’s my go-to style most days, though I also like an empire waist style (which hides the hips and derriere). There are a lot of vintage styles I love and admire but cannot wear, so I just navigate toward the ones I can wear and that best suit my shape. I highly recommend the book The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski, as she details how our foremothers found the shapes and styles the best flattered their good points and hid their flaws. It’s priceless!


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