Fabric Suggestions for 249 1930's Day Dress

Based on an original dress from the 1930s, this practical style uses fabric economically, yet still looks chic and trendy. View A features a round neck with collar points and peplum cleverly cut on the straight grain but with the slimming look of a bias cut. View B is more casual, with a buttoned front, flounce collar and sleeves, and eyelash pockets. Both dresses have a flattering dropped waistline in back, slightly flared skirt, back zipper, and unpressed tucks in front that eliminates the need for bust darts and creates the fashionable broad-shouldered look of the late-1930's period.

Suggested fabrics: Rayon, medium-weight silk, microfiber, or other fabrics with drape for View B. View B is particularly attractive in small-print fabrics with sheer flounces.

For view A, we suggest a fabric with a little more stability. One may even consider having an contrast collar for this version!  I have noticed that look has been very popular lately.

PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.  These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!

This sueded rayon twill from Michael Levine Fabrics would work beautifully for View A .

Sueded Rayon Twill

Also, for a more structured look (View A), check out this cotton tweed from Mood Fabrics.

Black and White Structured Tweed


This rayon linen raffia seems like a good option for a solid basic.  I love the description of the fabric "Get the look of linen with the drape of rayon" - would look beautiful for either view.  This is available from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics.

Rayon Linen Raffia



For View B of the dress, there are many lighter weight fabrics that will create a lovely and fun drape.

Check out this rayon challis from Stone Mountain and Daughter

Floral Challis

This lovely rayon crepe from Hart's Fabrics would feel and look very nice.

Floral Rayon Crepe

Honestly, there is always the simple elegance of a silk Georgette.  Here is one in a lovely deep burgundy from Michael Levine's.

Burgundy Georgette

Whichever fabric you choose, we hope you love your dress. Let us know how it turns out!  We always love to see your creations - post to Instagram, Facebook (our Facebook Group is Folkwear Patterns Sewing Group), Twitter, or on our Customer Gallery!