This of course, flourished during the Depression, as it saved on material costs for the home sewer.
For this reason, many garments from the 30s have a “downhome” country vibe to them.
(An variety of vintage feed sacks via Sew Country Chick) (Mid-30s feedsack dress via Fab Gabs on Etsy) On the flip side, there were many garments heavily influenced by Art Deco sensibilities.
These items focused on line, seam details and bias cut material. Materials such as silk, rayon and satin were used in evening wear, giving a lustrous and glamorous appearance.
Another style of dress to be worn at home was the Hostess Gown or Robe.
This was an intentionally dressy item, usually floor length, designed to be worn while hosting a party in one’s home.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a garment for a costume theme party or the perfect piece to add to your vintage collection, it is very beneficial to have some knowledge of how to figure out approximately when an article of clothing was made.
To help you with the basics of dating vintage clothing, we’ve decided to start a series of installments on the topic, beginning with the 1930s and spanning to the 1980s.
Sometime in the 1920s, feedsack manufacturers decided they may sell more product if the sacks were printed with colourful vibrant designs.
Because of this, handmade clothing was extremely common.
If you’ve read much on 1930s fashion you may have heard the term “feedsack” used.
This look is most commonly found in Hollywood films of the era, and the starlets of these films inspired the fashions of everyday women.
(30s film star Jean Harlow in a bias cut, Art Deco inspired gown, via One Wed) Throughout the 30s, garment waistlines typically sat right at the natural waist or slightly above (raised from the dropped waists of the 1920s.) Hemlines tended to be on the longer side, just below the knee or longer.