Simplicity 8247 - Sewing the 1930s (eeek!) + Sew Along Video!

by - 7/03/2017

Hi pinups! The start of the month means a new Simplicity Stitch by Stitch video! Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out one of my previous posts about becoming Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador HERE.

July is all about sewing the 1930s! The decade I was looking forward to sewing the least! Compared to my usual 1950s style, the 30s seems like a whole other world away, and is certainly way out of my sewing and style comfort zone. But you'll see by the end of this post, this dress was a pleasant surprise...

Here's a peek at the pattern:

For my 1930s project I chose this Simplicity 8247 pattern. I really liked the look of the dress, simple in shape, but with some interesting sewing details. I'd accepted I probably wasn't going to suit many of the 30s shapes and styles, but you'll see in my video below, I was actually pretty pleased with the final dress and fit.

Whenever I pattern shop, I always search google and Instagram etc for reviews and photos. But for this pattern I found one other lady who had posted a photo of her dress, otherwise nothing. Absolutely nothing. So I'm very happy to be shouting about this pattern and my experiences sewing it.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 8247 Sew Along

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 8247 1930's Vintage Style Dress & Jacket

Fabric: Ditsy Floral Crepe

Notions: 22" Concealed Zip

Sewing time: Half a day

Modifications: None.

Fit: Surprisingly nice...

Difficulty: Watch my video above to see what I struggled with.

Watch out for: The center front pleats!

Make Again?: I'm not sure this pattern is for me. But in my video above, I discuss the potential of this pattern and styling options!

What do you think about 1930s fashion? Have you ever tried this pattern? I'd love to know what you think! Whilst sewing the 1930s wasn't at the top of my sewing list, I really enjoyed this experience and sewing the 8247 pattern. The decade suited me a lot more than I was expecting and I'm glad I tried out this pattern.

Thanks for reading and watching, pinups!

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  1. Oh my gosh. Just as beautiful in this decade as the others.

  2. I bought this pattern as both the pic on the pattern and your version just made me DIE! So I'll definitely let you know how I go with this when I get some fabric later in the year, and some time free to sew it.