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Hollywood Dress from 1937

Added Apr 23, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a one-piece dress I made from Hollywood “Pattern of Youth” #1471. It dates from 1937.

I really love the fashions of the period and grabbed this pattern when I saw it on Etsy. It wasn’t difficult to make though the old patterns have no printed markings on them, just perforations and various cut-outs. You get used to it after a while! LOL

Material Notes

I made this from some mysterious polyester/rayon (?) fabric I found at the Salvation Army. It was a little hard to work with (didn’t hold creases very well) but has excellent drape.

More about this on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness (Search under “Cathy.” — she’s my identical cousin)




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    Jun 27, 2010, 08.01 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    Oh my god, it’s Joan Crawford!!! :) Gorgeous ensemble…

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    Apr 25, 2010, 10.50 PMby pinup

    sweet lord, that is stunning, just stunning!

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    Apr 25, 2010, 07.32 PMby badkitty-1

    This is the epitome of old-school Hollywood glamour. Fabulous dress, fabulous colour, fabulous styling. xx

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    Apr 25, 2010, 03.47 AMby bjeppson

    Purple is really the color of the season, so you completely rocked this one.

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    Apr 24, 2010, 12.27 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    again and again i LOVE your pictures and this dress is to die for!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 08.57 PMby abarefoot


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    Apr 23, 2010, 05.29 PMby smallone

    oh I think you may have been born in the wrong era…you do 1937 so very well! This dress is great love your accessorizing with the pink hat.

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      Apr 25, 2010, 03.34 PMby Peter Lappin

      Yes, totally the wrong era!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 03.47 PMby seemane

    Wonderful work!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 02.47 PMby frankiesoup

    I REALLY love that dress – the fabric choice is perfect for the cut too! Wow! :D

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      Apr 25, 2010, 03.35 PMby Peter Lappin

      It has a really nice drape to it.

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    Apr 23, 2010, 02.38 PMby suzetewilliams

    Wow! You did it again, but this time I’m going to sing…. "Picture of a beauty queen… She has style, she has grace…. Fabulous lady gave good face…. Vogue! Well, OK, it’s Hollywood, but I could make it rhyme. Lol.

    Now seriously, I’m super impressed with your work. I’ve just got a Mod pattern from Etsy and I’m itsy etsy itching to show it off too. Keep them coming!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 02.26 PMby cquinn13

    It looks great! I love the color.

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    Apr 23, 2010, 02.26 PMby sunnilj9

    Oh my gosh Peter! I love it! And the had, now that is to die for! You look fantastic in it too! Totally, totally gorgeous!

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      Apr 25, 2010, 03.35 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Sunni. I could see you in this look, too.

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    Apr 23, 2010, 02.21 PMby ronbonjovi

    It looks fantastic, and the color is great on you.

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