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One Hour Dress -- 17 Easy-to-Sew Vintage Dress Designs From 1924 (Book 1)

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Mary Brooks Picken, Director of Instruction at the the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, developed the easy-to-use sewing instructions for her infamous "one hour dress." WIDAS was the largest school of dressmaking and design in the 1920s and produced a number of home study courses to teach sewing and millinery skills. There are three One Hour Dress books ...more
Paperback, 15 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Bramcost Publications (first published 1924)
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Dixie Diamond
Oct 15, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fellow anachronists, renegade fashionistas, and flappers-at-heart.
There are several variants of this idea available for sale in reproduction form through various websites and on eBay. I think they all work pretty much the same way.

If you're looking for a way to sew a 1920's house- or day-dress, quickly, without a pattern, you can definitely use this. If you insist on translating it into modern usage, it could probably be used to make a nightgown or beach cover-up. (Or, if you're shameless like I am, you can go ahead and wear it in public.)

I think it goes witho
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