1930’s Dress Details

“Seven new sleeves to update your last year’s frocks and bring them right up-to-date!”


In this Laura Baldt pattern, the skirt is part of a bodice/skirt combination. The bodice is concealed by the belted overblouse. It may be that the skirt is attached to a lining as shown in the “Linings” section of Clothing Construction by Brown, Gorham, and Keever (1928, revised 1934).





4 thoughts on “1930’s Dress Details

  1. How useful to have a pattern just for sleeves. Shows how economical and enterprising women were in the 1930s.
    I like that overblouse and would make it if I came across the pattern somewhere.

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  2. The sleeves were in small, medium and large sizes. I would love to read those instructions.
    The overblouse sleeves might be raglan. The front and back bodice are gathered and the wide yoke extends to the shoulder caps. The long sleeves are somewhat draped, but not voluminous. They are closely fitting at the wrist. The short sleeves are full and fluttery like a cape. The geometrical V in the front yoke gives it that edgy mid 1930’s feel. The clip is from Jan. 1936.


  3. I’ve never seen a pattern just for sleeves. My questions for an expert would be: how do you make sure that the sleeve will work with the existing bodice? There are so many different ways to draft an armhole and a sleeve that I wonder if different drafting systems would produce compatible results. Great research and discoveries, as always Carol. I always enjoy your postings.

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