Historical Sew Monthly Challenge #2 Blue 1930s Beach Ensemble

Hi Sophia here,  For the 2nd HSM challenge I decided to make a crazy printed art deco beach ensemble. This was such a fun look to make an wear I got some stares and many complements.

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IMG_0711I started with one of Erin’s vintage patterns for pajamas. I did some minor alterations to make the pants more flattering in the crotch and added cuffs to the bottoms of the pants because they were far to short. I pulled a lot inspiration photos for the styling and bathing suit design. I noticed that many of the women on the beach would wear slightly mismatch prints patterns and colors. I started with the body of the beach PJs and matched a vintage printed scarf with that and then used those colors to shop for my bathing suit and trim fabric for the PJs.

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The navy blue bathing suit was really fun to pattern and make at least the 2nd time around the first go around it was so short and wide I accounted for stretch totally wrong. I loved how suits at the time had thin criss crossing straps, although I made the straps out of knit and I wish they were a woven they were stretching throughout the day. If anyone is interested I can post a pattern drafting tutorial it is only 5 pattern pieces and is relatively easy to make.  IMGP0054IMGP0028IMGP0045

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What the item is: 1930s beach ensemble
The Challenge: #2 Blue
Fabric: Beach PJs: white and mint light weight cotton in a decoesque print and a cerulean blue medium weight cotton for trimming. Bathing suit: navy cotton/poly blend ponte knit and white cotton rib knit for binding.
Pattern: Beach PJs vintage french pattern borrowed from Erin. Bathing suit drafted by me.
Year: Early 30s
Notions: Hook and eyes for the pant closure, two vintage celluloid buttons for bathing suit.
How historically accurate is it? The beach pjs are 100% to me they have a hook and eye closure and are 100% cotton. The bathing suit is more like 50% I would say the look and pattern are 100% the sewing and fabric are not. I wanted to use wool knit but I couldn’t find the right kind at our local fabric store and didn’t want to order online without feeling it and making sure it was suitable.
Hours to complete: 2 days for the PJs one day for the bathing suit.
First worn: Yesterday to the beach although it was to cold to go into the water properly.
Total cost: Beach PJs $45 Bathing Suit $20

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