I have written quite a lot about the basic 1920's so called '1 hour' dress pattern, and that is because it's super easy to make both the pattern and the dress itself! I have several of them now, and as a curvier gal I like to spread the gospel that 1920's styles are for everyone, not just the thin boyish figures of 1920's fashion plates. It can be next to impossible to find original 1920's garments, let alone affordable wearable ones (they would be nearly 100 years old these days!), so DIY is the best option for 1920's fashions. The 1 hour dress also happens to work quite well as a "modern" dress now in 2016. I thought as I had some fabric waiting to become another one of these dresses I'd document the process in a short series of posts so you all can see how truly easy it is to put one of these dresses together!
First lets look at a few historical images of a basic or '1 hour' 1920's dress pattern...
This "Cottage Frock" is only one piece! But that piece is basically the 1 hour dress pattern with the shoulder seam eliminated but cutting it in one. They add pockets to the front of this dress too, and the sleeves, neckline, and pockets look like they are finished with bias tape.
Most of the styles above can be made with the basic 1 hour dress pattern with a few modifications. One has buttons down the entire center front, easy enough to separate the front piece and add a button placket. Another has a fuller gathered skirt, simple just separate the "bodice" and skirt portions of the 1 hour dress and make the skirt wider, gather it to the bodice to get this look.
This time the instructions are in French, but the pattern is still very similar!
I have explained this pattern once before here on the blog in this post, but I wanted to have another crack at it for (hopefully) more clarity. Here is a quick sketch of the finished dress on the left and the pattern I use to make it on the right.
My hope is that a few of you who are beginner seamstresses or just scared of drafting your own dress patterns may give the 1 hour dress a try!
(My original 1 hour dress post) (Post about my different 1 hour dresses) (Cutting Out the Dress & Starting the Sewing) (Sewing and Finishing) (Controlling the Hip Fullness)