Fintage Fashion Show: In the dead of night

Lately I’ve been more and more into the fashions of the 30’s. 40’s and 50’s are still my favourite decades, but some of the 30’s silhouettes and details have also caught my attention. I couldn’t resist myself when I came across this 30’s sienna coloured dress. And the fact that it fit almost perfectly didn’t quite help either.

I really like the pleat detail on the front of the skirt and the pouchy sleeves. You can see it was made before the war as the fabric has been used profusely: the fold of the hem and seam allowances are at least 2 inches wide, which is lucky for me as there will be plenty of material to make repairs if necessary.

The dress has a quite interesting closing mechanism. There are snaps on the shoulder seam and half of the collar  also comes off and is attached with snaps and small hooks. I had to widen the closure on the shoulder as I had difficulties fitting my big head through it. I also took off the wadded shoulder pads that had quite lost their shape and raised the sleeve at least by an inch.

The hat I’m wearing in these pictures was bought from a local flea market, but I can’t tell its age for sure. The shoes were bought from the R&R swap meet last summer and I suspect they’re from the late 30’s-40’s. They’re very soft and supple leather with canvas insoles. They’re also quite narrow on the toe.


I'm a clothing designer by education and a self taught seamstress. I fell in love with vintage fashion some 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I sew the majority of my wardrobe myself, so you'll probably see a lot of vintage reproduction here. My favourite decades are the 40's and 50's.

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