1930's summer ensemble (halter, turban and trousers)!

Added Feb 11, 2012

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia

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This is a little project I’ve wanted to write about for some time now. It all started when I came upon a small piece of vibrantly printed red floral cotton. I knew it would come in handy for something, and a short time later, it became apparent why… I found a 1930’s beach outfit pattern online but it was waaay over budget at the time, so I decided to try my hand at drafting the lovely halter top myself. Well, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that it was a devilishly simple process. The halter top is lined with a plain red cotton for a bit of contrast. I added a hook and eye closure at the back and decorated it with a giant blue button (alas, the only one I had!). I also inserted a bit of boobie support so this baby could be worn sans brassier.

From the leftover fabric pieces I made a ready-to-go summer turban; another bit of fun self drafting work from around the same time. I worked out an easy pattern by draping a few pieces over my own cranium and pinning and gathering etc.

And finally, we come to the navy trousers. I made these using a very simple late 1930’s/ 1940’s pattern. They were exactly what I had been saving a particularly great length of lightweight navy fabric for! These have classic 30’s/40’s features – the wide leg, the low crotch, the high waist. They’re fabulous in every way! I made the waistband wider than the pattern called for, just for a bit of variety (and also because I’m a little obsessed with wide waistbands at the moment, just quietly!). These trousers go with virtually everything and I’ve already found myself wearing them a tad too often…

This was definitely a fun sewing project!

Material Notes

second hand and vintage fabric and notions

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Other
Style
Beach, Casual, Classic, Vintage
Material
Cotton, Blends

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    Mar 22, 2013, 04.44 AMby PrettyCharlie

    Ooooh, just saw this! I must have faved it before, however, when I was too tired to remember! (ooops). Did you ever manage to find the pattern pieces? I’d LOVE to see them. And where did you find the turban pattern, pls? I love the little sewn opening at the top. It makes it look very polished. Job well done! thanks for posting.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 12.54 AMby olystyrene

      Hi PrettyCharlie, unfortunately my pattern got water damaged so I’ll have to draft a new pair. Sigh… Anyway, the turban was self drafted as well. Thank you for your comment!

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    Mar 17, 2012, 08.43 PMby lcsimpson

    Love this outfit. Particularly like trousers. Do you have pattern details?

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      Mar 21, 2012, 01.38 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I will dig it out of my stash and let you know!

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    Feb 15, 2012, 08.58 PMby integerclub

    Dooly, you are hilarious! Those photos, man, especially the one with the fruits, I dunno, it’s so awesome! Also, the halter top is most excellent, I’ve been planning to make one and yours has really given me the push…

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      Feb 21, 2012, 12.01 AMby olystyrene

      Thanks, Doyceling! Hehehe! You know the halter was surprisingly so easy to draft! I only used 2 pieces for the outer part and then an identical 2 pieces for the lining, which gave the top the right amount of hold. The fabric was really lightweight, so if I’d used only a single layer, it wouldn’t have sat quite right (and there wouldn’t have been the contrast at the collar). Make yours and post post post!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 04.48 PMby leahfranqui

    This is amazing! The colors, the shape, it’s so cute and 30’s, I adore this! I would never have the guts to wear a turban but you look so chic and glamorous, like a movie star. The pants fit you so well, what pattern is this?

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      Feb 20, 2012, 11.58 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I gave up a while back on feeling embarrassed about going all-out with 30’s and 40’s outfits; especially the turbans! You do it once and you’ll never go back! :)

      I used a late 1930’s/early 40’s pattern for the trousers. I’ll have a look for the pattern number for you.

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    Feb 13, 2012, 07.48 AMby Itsbeensewlong

    Totally gorgeous and you suit vintage sew well :) Lou

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      Feb 20, 2012, 11.56 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you, Lou!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 02.17 AMby nessys

    Oh Darl! This outfit/project is THE BOMB! You are so cute and sexy in it! I love the blue button! But I adore the red print/navy combo (yes – always a sucker for that).

    You did a fab job of drafting the halter (boobie support included – not an easy thing!) and the turban and don’t you worry about wearing those pants too much – they are stunning! You need to wear them often!

    WHIT WOO! xxxx

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      Feb 20, 2012, 11.55 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you thank you, Nessy, for your comments! I wear those pants nearly every day now… Am a little obsessed, I admit. And you just cannot go wrong with red+navy. It’s just not possible!!!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.13 AMby mollykatherine

    I simply adore this! The top, scarf, pants, pictures – everything!

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      Feb 20, 2012, 11.54 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you, mollykatherine! It was certainly a satisfying project from head to toe (literally! hehe) :)

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    Feb 12, 2012, 10.01 PMby jasminčica

    seeing this project,I really got the feeling that I moved to 30-te,…wonderful :)))))

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.55 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you!! When I wear this outfit, I certainly do feel like I went back in time. Now all we need is for everyone else to start dressing the same.. mwahaha!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 02.19 PMby bjr99

    Fantastic project.! You really captured the look. I expect to see Ginger Rogers with Fred. Love the fabric too.

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.54 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you! It may indeed be high time to choreograph a fitting dance routine a la Ginger and Fred. Oh how those trousers do swish!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 12.49 PMby pampula

    Simply fantastic!!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.52 PMby olystyrene

      Thanks, pampula!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 09.37 AMby janene

    What a wonderful start to my day, seeing this! I love the whole ensemble. Sooo impressed that you self drafted the turban and the top. You look fabulous!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.51 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you, janene. I was surprised to find that conceptually, both were relatively easy to draft. They’re each comprised of only 2 pieces!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 08.35 AMby anneecharri

    fabulous!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 07.30 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    WOW !!! what a project! i love the used material, the fit, the styling, your creativity. i love everything! this is so so pretty and lovely and great and stylish! BRAVO!!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.49 PMby olystyrene

      What a compliment! Thank you! :)

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    Feb 12, 2012, 06.01 AMby pambox

    These are so fantastic. I particularly love the collar on the halter top.

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.48 PMby olystyrene

      Why, thank you!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 05.31 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Oh.My.God.

    Please accept this comment as a wedding proposal.

    I’m in love!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.47 PMby olystyrene

      Done aaand done!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 04.31 AMby laikadoll

    I am in love!!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 04.15 AMby LadyDanburry

    Wonderful. Those trousers make your waist look tiny! Almost like a cartoon. Just beautiful.

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      Feb 12, 2012, 10.47 PMby olystyrene

      Hahaha! I do know what you mean though – it’s the combination of a very high waist on the trousers, with very wide legs, and a bright coloured almost-midriff top, I think. Thank you!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 12.14 AMby aluckmann

    Every time you post a new project I am reminded why I miss you so much when you are away! This project is perfection, and the pictures are so sassy and fun.

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.12 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much! I’m truly blushing right now!!!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 11.56 PMby wardrobe-cat

    I ADORE THIS! I love this look. You look fantastic, and the colour combination is perfect. I want those pants! It’s my fave style, and much more flattering than a lot of others. Well done ;)

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.13 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you! It’s great to be able to share these sorts of projects with people who genuinely apreciate the styles!!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 07.19 AMby wardrobe-cat

      No problem ;)

      You look fantastic. I will get my patterns out when I have time to make them. I have planned to do something similar to what you’ve done. So it’s nice to see the look on an actual person. More of an idea how mine will look.

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      Feb 12, 2012, 11.12 PMby olystyrene

      Good luck! I’d love to see the finished outfit!

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      Feb 13, 2012, 10.21 AMby wardrobe-cat

      When I’ve got a minute….

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    Feb 11, 2012, 11.50 PMby Swirlz1

    This is fantastic… you did an awesome job!!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.13 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so very much!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 11.34 PMby blueartisan

    That is one very awesome outfit! Great job!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.13 AMby olystyrene

      Thaaank you!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 11.28 PMby carmenhf

    Very cute. Love the shape of the pants and the whole look!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.14 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I too love the shape of those trousers, and the more I now wear them, the more I wonder WHY I hadn’t made them sooner! :)

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    Feb 11, 2012, 10.58 PMby Testosterone

    What an ensemble!!!!!

    Most impressive!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.14 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you muchly!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 08.52 PMby baka-pepica

    wow thats very sexy :) i like it :)

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.15 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you ;p

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    Feb 11, 2012, 08.46 PMby Debby H

    Perfect – Well done

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    Feb 11, 2012, 06.47 PMby sewingfan1

    That’s such a cool outfit!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.17 AMby olystyrene

      In the true sense of the word ;-) The pants are so lightweight, they’re just perfect for hot summer days – and the cottony backless top means miss is free to feel hot but not too stuffy!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 06.13 PMby Deborah Zimmerman

    Perfection; Halter, turban, pants, and especially the spirited model!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.17 AMby olystyrene

      Hahaha! Thank you, that’s very kind!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 05.58 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Uuu, I like the whole outfit, especially those pants! :)

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      Feb 12, 2012, 01.18 AMby olystyrene

      Thanks, BlancheOfArts. One of the best things about those trousers is how freely you can move around in them – very underrated, especially in this era of tight jeans…

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    Feb 11, 2012, 04.36 PMby jadealamode

    beautiful!!

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    Feb 11, 2012, 04.22 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Fabulous! Love it!

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