1920’s Dress Patterns F.A.Q.

Our 1920’s and early 1930’s dress patterns often use some unique pattern creating techniques that you might not have come across before. 

3001 Versions B

We use original flapper era source material to create these patterns and we try hard to keep them as true to the originals as possible. These patterns include the following models:

#3001, 3002, 3003, 3004, 3008, 3010, 3013, 3014, 3016, 3017, 30193021, 3022, 3023, 3024, 3026, 3027, 3029, 3030, 3032, 3033, 3034, 3035, 3036 and 3037.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about these patterns:

Q. Is this a full-sized pattern like I would buy from McCall’s and other large pattern companies?

A. No. This type of pattern is not the sort that you lay out on fabric and cut out. This pattern drafting system has been around just as long as the big four pattern companies have, but was a bit less widely-used. These patterns are a set of very detailed instructions and illustrations that show you how to mark out your “pattern” on a piece of fabric laid out on your table. You use your own measurements to get an exact fit, and there is no printing, drafting, or taping involved.

One hour Dress Pattern Drafting

Q. How are the “draped” patterns done. Are they the same as above?

A. The draped patterns are similar, yes. You can tell these patterns apart because the word “draped” will always be included in the pattern name and description.  These often involve less measuring folded lengths of material on a table and instead use more direct means.

These patterns will also start by using your exact measurements for an accurate fit, but the measured fabric will be draped on either yourself or a dress form (an extra pair of hands at this stage will be really helpful), and then pinned, cut, and sewn.

Draping Dresses

Q. What sizes do these patterns come in?

A. Since you’re using your own measurements, these patterns technically come in any size! Sizing information will of coure be included in each pattern description as well and if you need to confirm that a pattern will work for your size, you can always email us!

Q. How difficult are these patterns to make?

A. These patterns will be easier for an intermediate level or above, though we have had a few beginners make these patterns with great success as well. The draped patterns are usually much easier for beginners to attempt.

As with any pattern, we highly recommend that you sew a test version from muslin before cutting into your more expensive fabrics.

Q. I have just purchased #3001 Dress Pattern and I have noticed that it has some of the same pages as #3004 Tunic Blouse. Is this a mistake?

A. Don't worry, you have everything you're going to need to make both of these garments. The original source material for both patterns used the same dress model, the straight-line dress, to make dozens of variations over about 4 years worth of publications. #3004 shows you how to make variations of the original method used in #3001. So, if you make #3001 first, it will be a breeze when you follow the instructions to make #3004. Both essentially use the same sloper to make different garments but are very different patterns.


(Above are just a few of the many variations on the popular straight-line dress.)

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