1930s Dress – Some Progress

Thanks to Jackie at Nuhn Handmade I had the idea that I should make the 1933 dress using my 1930s Singer machine. I don’t use it often enough and this is a perfect combination – prevents any accidental use of non-authentic techniques. So no cheating!

I’ve decided on lavender(ish) linen to make my dress and I tried quite hard to source Irish linen but that didn’t work out. I’m expecting a parcel of Italian linen some time in the next ten days.

Emily Ann at Retro Glam is progressing with her 1930s outfit research. Why not pop over and take a look?

Meantime, I’m working on a large scrap quilt and I’ve got a piece of Welsh wool to turn into a dress or a tunic (depends whether it will stretch to a dress!).

Thanks for dropping by.

Norma x

 

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8 responses to “1930s Dress – Some Progress

  1. Beautiful machine Norma. I still love the idea that you are going to create your vintage dress on a vintage machine. I’ve been looking through 30s patterns so I can join you in your sew-along. (the pattern you are using seems to be out of print?). I’m looking forward to reading about your progress. 🙂

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  2. Beautiful machine Norma. I still love the idea that you are going to create your vintage dress on a vintage machine. I’ve been perusing vintage 30s patterns so that I can join your sew-along. (the one that you are doing seems to be out of print?) I look forward to seeing your progress.

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    • Yes, it went out of print very quickly. Don’t know if you could find one on EBay? Emily’s doing a ’30s skirt and top and I think some of the independents do 30s reproductions based on original patterns. Would love you to join in.

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  3. Love the old machine. They knew how to make them to last.can’t wait to see your Italian linen.

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    • Thanks, yes it’s amazing how well those machines lasted. Just saw a piece in the Guardian about old appliances and how well they lasted – a woman has had to give up he 50 year old cooker because they can’t get her a part!

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  4. Wow, this is in excellent condition. Are you able to get replacements for the belt and bobbins?

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