Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A 1920s and 30s find of clothes!

A 1930s fur jacket

My student of four years has been successful in getting into the costuming course at Ultimo TAFE and I am extremely proud of her. I have always jokingly referred to her as 'my apprentice' and now she no longer visits me for classes, I miss her creativity and enthusiasm for knowledge. however, we do socialise which is lovely. Today she brought a wonderful set of 20s and 30s vintage clothes to show me, these had been passed to her by a friend whose family didn't wish to keep them.  It was such a pleasure to view them and I also had the opportunity to photograph them and so you get to see them as well.

First up is the beautiful short fur jacket from the 30s on the left. It has a large shawl collar and the cut is superb. I'm not a fur expert and am unsure what this is, the fur is very soft,  and it doesn't feel like rabbit, I have a rabbit skin coat from the 40s and it feels and looks quite different.

Back view, 1930s fur jacket
A beautifully made inside pocket, 1930s fur jacket
The next delightful piece is a beautifully beaded flapper 20s gown, the fabric is silk crape and is extensively beaded and has fine pintucks as embellishment as well. This would have been worn over a black slip which is no longer with the gown.

To go with the above dress is a black silk coat, beautifully ruched and smocked, with a delicious floral silk lining. Sadly black never photographs well.
The ruched and smocked shawl collar

Closer look of the collar

Front view
Delicious silk lining

Full view of collar

Sleeve cuff detail

The final beautiful piece is the silk wedding gown.
Front of gown, sorry its upside down!

Details of the ruffled and lace skirt, with the fabulous art deco buckle

Bodice with inset lace and buckle

Fine pintucks as a design feature at the top of the sleeve

Cuff of sleeve

Back of wedding gown

Inside view of the skirt attached to bodice

Buckle and tiny garter

Another close-up of the buckle
There's more to show, 1930s pajamas and underwear, but I'll leave that for another post.


I'm The Tailor's Apprentice, maker of The Miss Page 1940s reproduction patterns, gowns developed from pattern pieces found amongst the remnants of Miss Violet Florence Page’s life and work. Affordable, elegant, and unique garments from the 1940s war years. 

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