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The other 1935 Linen Dress!

Added Aug 16, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






Here it is, the next linen dress from my “Deutsche Modenzeitung” from 1935. I’ve gotten used to grading, but this one came for Bust size 100cm, which is 12 cm (about 5 inches) too wide for me, so A LOT! The tracing-the-pattern-part and then adjusting it to my size was the most time consuming part. The actual sewing was a breeze. I only changed the length on this one, making it a touch more modern and I lowered the neck again (by about 4 cm). They would have used snap buttons instead of a zipper. Otherwise it is original. Oh, and can you believe they made the kickpleats on the skirt in the same white fabric as the rest of the skirt, as opposed to using the contrasting fabric like I did? Such a missed chance on their part, wouldn’t you say?! I really like the outcome and wore it out for dinner last night – by bike! – it proved very comfortable and I felt great in it.
Of course I am now making that jacket that goes with it.

I have added a picture of my pattern parts. Partly to show how I adjusted the pattern (the green lines are from the original tracing. Then I folded the pieces horizontally and vertically – you could also cut and overlap – then I made some additional adjustments first on the doll, then on myself via muslin, then transfered the changes to the paper pattern, all changes are in red), and partly to let you understand why I can’t so easily share these patterns. They are a huge mess once I am done with them! But I promise I am working on finding out the rights-situation and all…

Material Notes

100 % Linen, invisible zipper




Garment Type

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    Aug 27, 2010, 06.03 PMby zaarissima

    Ein ganz bezauberndes Kleid!!!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 06.08 AMby Ophelia K

    This is so wonderful!! I love it so much! Linen is perfect for summer!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 01.05 AMby olystyrene

    another piece of stunning creation!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 12.24 AMby camberwellgal

    Another Deutsche Modenzeitung star! Like everyone else, I love the contrasting pleats and details.

    I especially like the idea that these dresses are bicycle-friendly too. THat seems very of the period; working women with their own money for dresses, leisure (the tennis rackets!) and mobility thanks to bikes. Clementina Black(?) commented in the 1890s (?) that the bicycle “was doing more for the independence of women than anything expressly designed to that end”. And, I have no idea of the date or provenance of this pic that’s been used in this poster, but I like the bicycle/dress combination. http://bp1.blogger.com/kSNVKrktKUQ/SGvDEh0aBsI/AAAAAAAABoY/jABxD5EdxZQ/s1600-h/slowbiketroisfemmes.PNG

    I’ve really enjoyed this project of yours, and keep catching myself wondering about having a go at knits – and your fantastic jacket. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 06.14 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    This is really sharp! Great interpretation of the vintage pattern.

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    Aug 16, 2010, 03.15 PMby elegant-impressions

    sehr schön!! hast du das schon auf der strasse getragen? wie ist die reaktion von passanten?? Apfelbluete

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      Aug 16, 2010, 03.32 PMby ajtak7171

      Danke! Ja, gestern Abend bin ich damit auswärts essen gegangen. Mündliche Kommentare gab es keine, aber Ich habe mir natürlich eingebildet, dass alle besonders hingeschaut haben :-)

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    Aug 16, 2010, 01.16 PMby happyfeet

    Your dress is lovely, it’s so unique.

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    Aug 16, 2010, 01.11 PMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    good work!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 12.46 PMby skeeler

    Wow! That is the coolest dress! You are absolutely right – the contrasting kick pleats with the bows MAKES it. I am in awe of your skills. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      Aug 16, 2010, 02.37 PMby ajtak7171

      THANK YOU! You are making great progress yourself, I just admired your “first shirt”! Great job!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 11.46 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    AMAZING, I love the colours and pleats :-) that looks like a VERY expensive dress :-)

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