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Pattern Tour, 1937 Pictorial Review Frocks D30-9079

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s dress EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns frock Pattern Tour Vintage Patterns

I found this Pictorial Review 9079 with a motherlode 1920's & 30's patterns (which included the ultra rare and desirable Katharine Hepburn Ensemble) in 2004!

When I look at this Pictorial Review, I think of it as a 'retro retrospective'. That is, the 1930's stylized perspective on a previous year in history.

We usually think of the 1930's recalling Colonial or Federal times, so this is a prized example from 1937 referring to the 'Directoire' Federal sensibility in fashion for it's almost-Empire waist line. When looking at it against adaptations from the early 1900's, a close-fitting, almost-corset line is read in the lower bodice/upper skirt, although in curious Deco points.  I like such parallels!

Pictorial Review 9079 Back ViewsCustomer dress made from pattern D30-9079

A dress image submitted by a customer in Massachusetts for an EvaDress Pattern Challenge.

D30-9079 in claret silk charmeuse

The long-sleeve version in claret silk charmeuse (hem is shortened).

This is a link that will additionally assist the Directioire concept in images (you will find the text to make little consistent sense).



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