#VintagePledge Guest Blogger: Fadanista

The first year Sue of Fadanista first took part in #VintagePledge, she blew me away with over 20 lovely makes. Although she not be churning them out quite as fast this year, today's ensemble is truly special!

I've done the #VintagePledge for the last couple of years, but  was quite surprised to receive an email inviting me to participate this year, so of course I blithely said yes, not realising that the game had changed a little bit and that my efforts would be featured as a guest blog.

Aaagh, this caused me to rethink my usual offerings  and make something we wouldn't all be ashamed of. So, without further ado, here is my outfit consisting of a dress and a capelet.

The dress is a 1937 Lutterloh pattern with some lovely bodice detail and a slightly flared skirt.  Because I didn't use any colour blocking some of the detail is a bit hard to see, but this image from the book shows the interesting shapes in the bodice. The sleeves have a dart that runs from the wrist to the elbow, giving a lovely line.

First I had to trace  off the pattern and tweak it to fit me. This is what Lutterloh patterns look like.

I even toiled it! I took it off to my pattern making class to ensure that I had a perfect fit, and felt a bit Greta Garboesque; but then I cut a hole in the dress so that stopped me making it  the final dress if I ran out of time. 

The fabric that I finally chose for this challenge is a beautiful brown and black viscose that I bought a couple of years ago from  Tessuti. I am so glad to have used it, particularly for a dress that I love so much. 

The back view, which has tiny buttons all the way down. There is no way I can dress myself!

I did have one major blunder. Lutterloh patterns do not include seam allowance, so I carefully added it to every piece...except the sleeves. I only realised as I was cutting out, so the sleeves are a bit snugger than I would like, but I can, at least, get my arms in them. 

The button detail. These are from the 1930s or 1940s and I bought them at Buttonmania in Melbourne some time ago.

The belt detail. The buckle is an art deco one that mirrors the diamond shape of the centre bodice. The buckle background almost exactly matches the dress fabric. They are a match made in heaven and the buckle was in my stash!

The belt is literally made from scraps. I did not have a strip long enough, so it has multiple joins along its length. Luckily the busy fabric hides them.

The jacket is the Decades of Style 1930s Capelet, a pattern which I've had for at least a year. Isn't it gorgeous?

Once again I toiled it and then I made a practice one, which I'll blog in another post. This one is made from green silk velvet that I got from Sarah  and she and I tried to dye it brown. Epic fail on that! I lined it with some Japanese gold silk, so it's pretty luxurious. Unfortunately, the two fabrics that I enjoy sewing with least are velvet and silk, and here I had them in combination.

Of course velvet doesn't really press crisply, so I feel as though my edges are a bit rounded instead of being sharp, but, given some of the issues I had with it, I think it's something I shall enjoy wearing. 

I used this little art deco buckle  to hold the two fronts together.

Finally, I knew that I had to style this outfit properly, so fussed and fretted about the backdrop for the photos. I explored art deco buildings in our general area and even took some photographs outside one of our movie theatres, but in the end I got Mark to take my photos outside  this beautiful art deco building, which just happens to be our local town council building. The building burnt almost to the ground in 2010 but they managed to save and restore this beautiful facade in 2014 to the joy of all the local residents.

I did toy with having a Marcel wave (see here for my trial 1930s hairstyle  - nothing like a marcel wave really!), but felt a bit silly to be honest. Sooo, it's hair as usual I'm afraid. 

A final word here. I would so much like to thank Marie from astitchingodyssey and Kerry from kestrelmakes. I was so flattered to be asked to join this lovely challenge and I am pleased that I have made something I can wear to a variety of occasions.


  1. What a beautiful ensemble! And you set yourself quite a challenge working with two difficult fabrics, but what great results. The capelet looks so luxurious.

    1. Thank you Kestrel, it was a challenging outfit to make, but I am so in love with it!

  2. Such a beautiful outfit and so unique! I love that you used 30s-40s buttons on this. This sounds like a real challenge, especially with the two different fabrics but you managed to pull it off perfectly! I love the capelet, such a beautiful item.

  3. Your outfit looks beautiful - love the sleeves on both and I LOVE the colour of the jacket!