The past year or so, my style has been evolving slightly. When I first became interested in vintage clothing, it was the 1950s that caught my heart. Those volumous skirts, nipped-in waists, cheerful prints were all exactly what I wanted to portray in my personal look and style. I sought inspiration from movies like ‘Funny Face’, ‘High Society’, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’; and also the modern-day styling’s of ‘Pleasantville’, ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ and even caught a hint of the 1950s in the TV show ‘Pushing Daisies’ – I so want to see this show brought back, I loved it!
But, for the past few years, I have been more of an 1940s girl. I think this started with my hair. I waved goodbye to the strawberry red I had sported for the most-part of 8 years, and instead went the darkest shade of brown (although, it was supposed to be a nice medium brown, but home mishaps can happen with hair dye, which I found out the hard way). I then learnt to pincurl my hair using traditional techniques, and it was from there that I started my love affair with the 1940s.
Fast-forward a few more years on, and here we are. I still love the 1950s & 1940s eras for fashion, but I am now drawn to the even earlier decade of the 1930s. Over the past few months or so, I have been searching for 1930s sewing patterns in order to make-up some nice 1930s outfits. Now, original 1930s sewing patterns are not only rare, but also rather expensive, and of course, extremely fragile. So instead, I looked to repro pattern companies to find what I was after.
One of which was this fabulous beach pyjama pattern from Wearing History called ‘Lounging at the Lido’. I made up a toile first, and discovered I needed to take some excess fabric out of the bodice, so I created some vertical fish eye darts. I also needed to adjust the armscye, as it was sitting too high. And, surprisingly, I needed to ADD an inch to the hem of the trousers (which, if you have read my previous posts on trousers that I have purchased, you will know that never happens). I made-up my own interpretation of the waist ties, which I made 1 inch wide, and positioned on the vertical darts. I also sewed-up the back placket to around 3 inches below my waist, as I found I didn’t need it be open all the way down. The final adjustment I made, was adding a sailor-style bow to the front collar, just for an aesthetically pleasing effect.
Now, the fabric. Settling on the fabric choice was partly why it had taken me so long to make-up these beach pyjamas. I just couldn’t decide what to use, and on all my fabric sourcing trips to London, I hadn’t seen anything that caught my eye. Browsing the internet, I came across a fabric company called Til The Sun Goes Down, which offer reproduction vintage fabrics, based on original vintage styles. This was perfect! I choose the Dahlia print, as I loved the colours (it has yellow, and we all know I’m a little obsessed with yellow). The Dahlia print was based on an 1930s style, so it was perfect for my 1930s beach pyjamas! It is light, but also has a good drape to it, so hangs nicely. I must say, the customer service and communication from Til The Sun Goes Down was excellent, and I received the fabric the very next day.
I absolutely LOVE THESE beach pyjamas, they are so so comfortable to wear, and move brilliantly. I am so glad that I found the right fabric and made them, as I adore them so much! I am already planning on making another pair to wear around the house, perhaps in a cotton fabric. I love how crazily wide the hem of the trousers are, they are definitely the widest trousers I own! I am tempted to take a copy of the pattern and alter it into a trouser pattern by shaping the waist, imagine how fantastic they would look!
Also, you will notice I have had my hair cut rather short. I really love it, and am only wondering why I hadn’t got it cut sooner! I have a blog post lined-up about ‘What to Expect When Bobbing Your Hair’; which I shall publish soon. I just want to give it a few weeks so I can impart all the tips & tricks I have learnt, as I am still learning at the moment.
Until next time dears!