There's a dress in there somewhere...

I've always been curious about those international women's magazines. You see them on eBay all the time, the ones with that singular page where there are like 30 dresses printed on it. They look interesting, and man, think of all those clothes!

Well, out of curiosity, I decided to get one.

I got one from Germany, mid 30s with about 10 different dresses printed on one master sheet, back and front.

I can't read German, and I have a feeling I don't need to, the dresses are pretty straight forward, and also they are numbered in the diagram listed on the side of the pattern sheet. That's powerful helpful.

The patterns are a default size of 34 bust, but with all the tracing I'm going to have to do, grading should not be too much of a problem.

Lookit that coat on the right! Fantastic!

Flipping through the magazine, I was drooling over the fashion illustrations!
Here is a taste.

I'm pretty excited about this, and right now as I force myself back into sewing, I have some amazing brown wool crepe that is just screaming to be made into a 30s frock.
I must abide, right?

Took my serger in for repair yesterday. I hope to hear back early next week as to the damage.
I miss it so.

12 comments:

  1. This is amazing, the styles are so classy.

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  2. When I see that page with all the overlapping pattern lines, I just want to cry.

    You're braver than I!

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  3. I think I just developed vertago looking at that pattern sheet.

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  4. Wow! Looks like it'll be great fun to wrest a pretty dress from that, it's like a Burda precursor. I need to head over to ebay...

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  5. As much as I adore the two dresses on the far right of the color illustration (9863 and 9864), just the thought of having to trace that page makes me anxious.

    The added challenge of making sense of that spaghetti means that you will be even more badass when you ultimately post what you've made. Your readers are going to have to make you a medal or something!

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  6. Oh! If only I could be badass at something. I just hope I don't go cross-eyed tracing a flippin' dress :)

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  7. Hihi - German patterns in magazines still look like that.. ;") But if you get the clue it's easy! :") Wishing you the best! :")

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  8. Oooh, the assymetrical dress on the last picture - drool! What a cool magazine!
    I have traced a few patterns from similar magazines and it's not as hard as it looks at first glance. Once you found the pattern piece, tracing should be fairly easy. I'm sure you'll manage. I use transparent foil and a blue Sharpie pen for tracing, works great.
    Please allow me some self-pimping here, as it's completely on topic ;-) : I'll be scanning my collection of vintage German fashion magazines (30ies - 50ies) throughout the year and share the pictures on my blog each Friday.

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  9. Such beautiful illustrations! I'm always bidding on these but I"m too cheap to win I guess. ;) I am afraid of the tracing anyway.

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  10. What a fantastic find! And if you get stuck with the German, Google Translate is your friend. I get so excited by the idea of overlapping patterns like that, but I can never get round to the reality of tracing them out. I think that's part of why I like pre-used vintage patterns. All you have to do is pull them out of the envelope and they're ready!

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  11. I've used patterns like this before and it drives me crazy. What I usually do is trace the pattern pieces that I want with a highlighter, and then use tissue paper to trace over the highlighted pieces. It keeps my eyes from going all wiggly, and ensures that I'm not accidentlly picking up a part of a pattern that I don't want. The downside is that I have permanently marked the original pattern. Sigh.

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  12. That is so gorgeous. Might just have to start a collection of 30s mags myself. You might like my pages on 1930s fashion:
    http://www.decolish.com/1930sFashion.html

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