Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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V342: 1930s Christmas Dress, Decades of Style #3007

Happy Holidays! For those of you who celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful one! We had a family-and-friend-packed day, full traditions old and new.


One of my new traditions is to make and wear a vintage style dress for Christmas Day.  Two years ago I made a 1960s gold brocade, but last year I wore just jeans and a t-shirt, and felt like a scrub all day, so I decided to revive the Christmas Dress this year (and ever after), and make an effort to look nice at our family gathering.  I decided on this '30s frock because I thought it would look great in a strong plaid, but also because I didn't want too much tightness around the waist - always regrettable after a big Christmas feast.  I wore my Christmas Dress complete with hair and hat, though I was skipping around the decades a bit - the dress was '30s, the hair and shoes '40s, and the hat '50s.  Here it is:



Pattern: Decades of Style #3007, "1930s Button Dress"
Fabrics: Medium weight cotton plaid stuff, and light weight white cotton

Alterations: I gathered the butterfly sleeves into puffed sleeves, and set the waist ties at an angle instead of straight.  I hemmed the skirt at 3 inches.

Overall Impressions: I liked this pattern a lot, and was impressed with how nicely the pattern pieces matched up.  I noticed quite a difference between the pattern envelope illustration, and how the dress looks when complete, namely that the curved "waist" seam isn't up under the bust, but more somewhere between the empire and natural waists.  The pattern schematic is much more accurate.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow, especially with the wonky way in which the sleeves attach to the bodice, and also create the tie at the back.  The pattern markings were present, relevant, and helpful.

I took in the bodice considerably at the sides - about 4-6 inches total - but not the skirt.  In a softer, drapier fabric this dress would look, fit, and hang completely differently.  I like that it is versatile enough to make both a Summer dress and a Winter dress, and I wouldn't feel weird making this up again and having two of the same pattern in my closet, because you can customize the overall appearance in your choice of fabrics and trims.

Overall, I recommend this pattern. It's easy to sew, looks nice when complete, and was created by an independent company.  The $20.00 price tag can be off-putting, but this is one that you can sew again and again.
The pattern envelope, but with my own color applied to the drawing.


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17 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love being dressed up for Christmas too.

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    1. Thanks! It's so fun, and once you dress up one year, it's hard to go back to PJs

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  2. You look gorgeous! And I love the dress, especially since I have a thing for plaid.

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    1. Plaid wins! I want to make something else plaid next, hehe. Winter 'tis the season!

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    1. Thanks! btw, your name makes me laugh every time I see it :-)

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  4. You look lovely! The hair and the shoes just make this outfit wow.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I could have worn brown/white 23Skidoos, but they haven't arrived yet, hehe

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  5. It's absolutely gorgeous! And I love the idea of making a new dress for Christmas every year...

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  6. That dress is amazing!! I have not sewn a decades of style pattern yet but am always drooling over them. Now that I have a proper sewing space again, perhaps this year :)

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    1. This is the first I've tried, but now I want more. She has a really nice range.

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  7. Gorgeous dress.....great concept, and I too love the idea of making a new dress for Christmas.

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  8. The dress looks amazing on. I really want one for myself now. Your hair came out great too. The whole outfit worked well, I love a vintage look that mixes more than one decade. I don't sew, but love buying something new every year to wear for christmas. There is something about dressing up on holidays that makes it feel way more festive.

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  9. I like their patterns a lot! And your dress looks lovely!

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  10. The plaid is wonderful! You look fantastic!

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