I have previously made an early 1930s dress in red which I've already reviewed. However, this time I wanted to make one in a light colour that was so popular on Hollywood actresses such as Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard during the period.
I used the reproduction 1930s pattern I had made previously to help draft my own for the skirt of the dress. I still wanted the same drape that this patter provided, just different seams. So I created a mock-up from scrap material using this pattern and then drawing in where I wanted to seam lines, before cutting it and then using these as the pattern pieces. Whilst the top of the dress was drafted completely from scratch.
This dress is based on the red dress that Romola Garai's character wears in the film 'Glorious 39'.
The new fabric I chose was a bright white stretch satin (the same type I previously used for my other 1930s dress). The dress is cut on the bias, as most evening gowns were during the 1930s, and this makes it hug the curves, drapes spectacularly and the stretch makes it easy to put on over my head (I didn't want to put an invisible zip into the dress as it is not historically accurate to my knowledge).
The only thing I regret about the design is that where the top meets the skirt under the bust, it forms quite a straight line whereas in most of the designs during this period the skirts met the top in a 'triangle' shape. Regardless, it doesn't take away from the authenticity of the dress as many other designs from the period show that the bust of the dress was connected to the skirt without forming this triangle shape.
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