Friday, October 15, 2010
McCall 3759 Ladies' and Misses' Spanish Costume
Clearly a companion to McCall 3760, the Spanish Gentleman, though copyrighted two years earlier. This one will allow you to be Nita Naldi to your very own Rudolph Valentino. Here's a rather muddy scan of a beautiful Saturday Evening Post cover by McClelland Barclay from February 1, 1930, showing our couple in full flamenco action. Tango was also very popular at this time.
The dress itself is very simple, though the scalloped flounce will need some careful basting. It's the choice of fabrics, high comb, mantilla, fan, jewelry, hair and make-up that will really make the look.
As with many costume patterns, the design echos but does not actually reproduce any particular Spanish regional or folk dress. Note that the low waistline that we associate with the 1920s hasn't quite returned to the natural waistline.