Thursday, June 7, 2012


I just got back from almost an almost three week trip- out to LA for a visit to Disneyland followed by a 15 day cruise to Hawaii.  I've always wanted to go on a cruise and wear nothing but 1930s-style clothing.  Somehow, crazy me decided this unusually long trip would be the perfect time.  I started pulling together patterns, ideas, and fabric in the fall and officially began sewing in January.  Much of the inspiration came from The Painted Woman in a number of posts specifically about cruise fashion in the 1930s.  I ended up making 4 dresses, 4 pairs of pants, a sports skirt/shorts, a linen suit, an evening gown, a sweater, 5 blouses, a hat, and 3 slips.  I tried to get pictures of most of it on the trip- I found a few things that slipped through the cracks, but I'll get those later.
I didn't get a good shot of travel day, but all but a white blouse shows up later.  So day number 2, going into the parks (it was a little chilly):
 I made the trousers from Eva Dress' 1934 Lounging Ensemble pattern.  It's just a very lightweight cotton I had in my "Grandmothers stash".  The blouse will show up again- a white cotton with a red pinstripe from B&T.  The sweater was a last minute addition due to weather, so it's just a modern linen.

Day 3 was also in the parks.  I drafted a pattern for the trousers and made them from stash denim.  You can't see it, but the left side buttons up with red buttons, so I used red serging to tie it all in.  The blouse is a yellow printed cotton lawn from Jo-Ann's, accented by a few vintage buttons.  The shoes are one of the most comfortable pairs I've ever owned- part of the 1958 collection from Hush Puppy (resisting urge to buy red ones).

Day 4- first day on board.  The dress is a vintage blue print fabric of some magical content that acts like cotton but never wrinkles.  It was made from a VPLL pattern.

Day 5- finally out to sea and a bit wobbly.  Thank goodness I don't have any sea-sickness or this would have been a horrible cruise.  Most of the crew was saying it was the worst they'd ever had.  The trousers are from a silk herringbone from the stash made from a 1930s pattern.  The sweater I knitted from old instructions from a fingering weight bamboo/wool.  Oh so very soft.

Day 5 was also the first formal night.  I fell in love with this dress from the Met.  I couldn't afford silk jersey, so I went with silk charmeuse instead.  There are five inserted pieces that flare out towards the hem.  They allow for shaping around the hips.  There's a narrow welt of contrast inserted in each seam.  I didn't order enough yardage, so to save I cut all of those  pieces in back cross-ways, meaning I couldn't do a longer hem.  Means I can dance in it though!  Which I did later in the cruise when we had ballroom dance classes/practice.  Also, don't ask how I made this thing.  I had three days and I still don't know how I managed to make it work.  A lot of guessing and hope.  I got to wear my wedding shoes again and the earrings are vintage- a gift from my husband for our anniversary last year.

I still have six more outfits to post about later.  And don't worry, there will be some pictures of lovely Hawaii as well.


Rebecca said...

The evening gown is exquisite! You have such a great eye for styling. Thanks for sharing all your cruise creations!

Déborah Germain said...

what a beautiful creation! I love this Elizabeth Hawes dress ! a friend showed it to me and ask me to make him a similar dress for her wedding. Would you have a pattern for this dress or a reference to me?
I leave you my email in case you would be kind enough to give me this information:
Thank you in advance!
And congratulations for your work, this is our wonderful!