I want to introduce you to one of the most amazing sewing books I own, Women’s Wear of the 1930′s by Ruth S. Countryman and Elizabeth Weis Hopper.
The late 1930s and early 1940s is, by far, my favorite era of fashion. I love the soft femininity of the 30s and the simplicity and sleekness of the 40s. So this book of complete patterns taken from real garments from the 30s is just a treat. The authors not only supply complete patterns for a huge variety of vintage garments, but describe in detail the fabric and colors of each garment.
The downsides are that the patterns are at a 1/8 scale and must be enlarged and there are no sewing instructions to speak of, which makes it pretty impractical for most home sewers. It’s really a book geared toward costumers. But with a little experience and time, these beautiful garments can be brought to life. If you read my other blog, you may have seen these adorable tap pants I made from the book.
I had a really hard time deciding which garment sketches to post, so here are many:
I have this fantasy about sewing an incredible wardrobe of beautiful silk loungewear. What could possibly be more luxurious than that? When I get around to fulfilling this fantasy, these silk pajamas are on the list.
I could really use a pair of beautiful overalls like one of these.
This lounging suit is described as being made in ecru silk. Wow!
And this suit is the reason I bought the book. As soon as I saw that jacket, I wanted it so much I really had no choice.