an archaeology of home sewing
..........sigh.............. that yoke is giving me palpitations. In a good way a'course;-)Andrea, my friend, I need you to be my next door neighbor so I can borrow some of these patterns from you. Now wouldn't that be fun? (for me anyway;-))
I find that tracing off patterns from the originals is something I have to be in just the right mood to do,but when I'm in the groove, it's satisfying to get the lines and markings transferred to bright white pattern tissue.
I wish I could get away with one of these at work... but working at a radio station doesn't really allow for this even if a little bit of what I do is secretarial-esque. I have to step down my vintage at work so there wouldn't be much point to one of these. I suppose I could make one for crafting and sewing, but it's no fun to wear them when no one is looking!
The 1930's may be smocks a bit lush to translate to expectations for office wear for today, but I made up Butterick 1057 and have declared it to be a type of duster, and wear it to work regularly.
a garment very similar to this is what my mom wore in the early 60s when she was expecting. I remember her all dressed up with her hair and makeup done. I imagine she might have been going to church but I think she also dressed up pretty spiffy to go to the doctors and to the commissary.
Patterns for maternity wear really deserve a study all of their own. I suspect a lot of these smocks were worn for maternity, though this doesn't seem to be called out explicitly in the pattern descriptions until the 1940s - the beginning of the baby boom years.
That would be when mom started sewing, age ten.
is there anyway to purchase pattern? :)
None of the patterns on the site is for sale. Tracings are not available.
Just found you on-line and LOVE the 1930 patterns...especially the ladies "smocks!"
That is a gorgeous smock. I think I'll give it a try with the short sleeves. I love the fullness of the whole design, the yoke gives it a great definition.Another artist's smock for me!
Would anyone be interested in making this for me if I pay you?
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