Monday, April 4, 2011

Blast From The Past: 1930s

I really like the idea of a Blast From The Past post twice a month or maybe once a week, as I have so many vintage images that I think should be shared with others. Below are eight lovely 1930s period images from patterns, magazines, etc. that I have collected over several years. I hope you enjoy them & can use them for inspiration for future projects.

This photo is of a lovely hairstyle of the early to mid 1930s & very flattering to the facial shape of the model, known as the Debutante Wave, a style seen in many films of the era.

The below pattern is from the Hollywood Pattern line that was very popular during the 1930s & 1940s, from what I can tell. This particular one is modeled after a dress that Claudette Colbert ( Love the sound of her name) & is a day dress that could be worn for visiting, shopping, or even tea, with a front bodice insert & a yoked skirt, it is simple & could be worn even for a business outfit for modern if done in a solid fabric. By the by, Miss Colbert is sporting a very chic style for the early 1930s.

Another Hollywood Pattern, this one with Ginger Rogers, a very talented singer/dancer/actress of the 30s & 40s. The style of dress is very popular for 1933-35ish & is made with a yoked, button front bodice,an option of either short puffed or somewhat full bishop sleeves, central panel skirt that has side pockets & opens down the back. It would make a fun summer dress, if made up with the short puffed sleeve option.

This is a Simplicity pattern from 1936-38ish, beginning to show the transition to the styles of the forthcoming 1940s, with shorter skirts. The style for this pattern is the start of the shirtwaist dress which was worn abundantly in the 1940s & even 50s & 60s. It has a fitted bodice, short cuffed sleeves, slightly narrow skirt, & is front opening. Would make a stylish house or work dress.

This pattern & the one below would be great for church, town, etc. They would also make wonderful summer dresses, with the interesting details that each possesses.

This dress or the one above would also make lovely Easter Sunday dresses.

This pattern is for an evening/bridesmaid gown & a stunningly simple wedding gown. Either would be fabulous done in a silk satin, charmuese, or duchess satin. The simple lines cut on the bias would be perfect for a woman who wished to use rich fabrics & keep the dress relatively low on frills & furbelows.

A lovely mid 1930s nightgown that would be lovely in cotton, silk, or linen for summer.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart & lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him & He shall direct thy paths.

God bless & have a joyous weekend,
Sarah Grace

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