With the onset of the Great Depression, 1930s women’s street fashion shifted, closing out the boyish lean of the Roaring 20s—flappers, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel donning a man’s sweater cinched with a belt at the waist—to something more feminine, sophisticated, and elegant. It was a decade of natural waistlines and flattering fluttery butterfly sleeves worn on the big screen by Hollywood starlets like Lana Turner.
So this week’s Free Pattern Download, a 1930s Blue Silk Slip pictured above, is essentially about summer’s influence on my psyche, which is all awhirl with blockbuster movies and weddings and the unavoidable daily quandary of feeling cool and pretty despite the often stifling, sticky NYC heat and humidity.
The image and pattern are from Vintage Lingerie by Jill Salen, which includes 30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970: corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats… accompanied by a full working pattern, photographs, and drawings.
Cheers everyone! Be free, stay cool, and have a wonderful weekend!
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