Hot! 1930s Evening Gowns

Last Saturday was the Art Deco Society Preservation Ball and while my friend, Libett, and I didn’t make our gowns, I’m pretty certain that the Sew Weekly readers would appreciate seeing what we wore.

I bought my dress back in 2009 (for only $95!) at the Vintage Fashion Expo in San Francisco. This is right around the time I began sewing and I was just coming off the buzz of 2009’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon. That’s probably why I bought a black velvet 1930s evening gown that really didn’t have a purpose in my wardrobe. I’m certainly glad I did because I LOVE this dress so much. It’s comfortable, fits well, has no flaws and is just a testament to a gorgeous bias-cut gown. Libett’s sister did our hair the night before (finger waves and pin-curls) and the result was fabulous!

Libett rented her fabulous bias-cut gown from a theater costume rental shop in Marin. And because she’s such a meticulous dresser, she took the time to reinforce all the buttons on the dress. Her hair was also done by her sister, Tery. Libett’s getting married in July (I’m a bridesmaid) so you all can look forward to some additional beautiful pics of Libett at that time.

Here’s full length views of our dresses:


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. You two look gorgeous! I would love to own gowns like these. Must get on that.

  2. You both look so beautiful! Such lovely dresses and so different from one another. I like that!

  3. I saw both of these ladies in person on Saturday night at the Preservation Ball and can say they both looked quite lovely.

  4. Goooorgeous! I really like the bodice details on both dresses.

  5. These are fantastic dresses! you two look stunning :)

  6. You both look stunning! And your dresses are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. How totally gorgeous you both look

  8. We (my mom and I) made bias cut gowns for my sister’s honeymoon on the Orient Express. It was a real learning experience but I remember following the cutting directions very carefully. of course, my sister is tall, so it was really worth the efforts.
    I like how you specify that your gown was so comfortable to wear, that is a real point for me, must be an age thing.

  9. Beautiful! Both are just so gorgeous and your hairstyles are amazing! xoxo

  10. These gowns are both to die for!!!!!! I’m obsessed lately with the 1930’s slinky gown and recently just released half a dozen 1930’s evening gown reproduction patterns in my etsy shop:

    My favorite thing about the gowns of that era is the bias cut silhouette and how flattering the look can be in just the right silk! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  11. Wow, you look so amazing!

  12. Wow,wow,wow! What charming 1930s frocks, and what perfect hairstyles, too! I would love to see some pictures of the event.