The “Lumber Town by the Sea” Dress
Fabric: Made from a thrifted sheet
Pattern: Butterick 3293 (reprinted by Saundra Ros Altman’s: Past Patterns)
Year: circa 1929-30
Notions: bias trim
Time to complete: a few days
First worn: To Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast
Wear again? I hope so!
Total price: Less than $8.00 as everything was thrifted.
Challenge: Gatsby! 1920’s-1930’s
“Inside the Museum one will find pictures and artifacts telling the history of the forest products industry on the Mendocino Coast and the city of Fort Bragg. Pictures include water shipping, railroads, mills and wood scenes and the earthquake of 1906.
Of shingled Queen Anne style, the Guest House was built primarily in coast redwood in 1892 for Tom Johnson, a family business partner in Fort Bragg Redwood Company, as his private residence. All wood used in the structure was milled by Fort Bragg Redwood Company. Before the house was finished and by direction of the company’s founder, Charles Russell Johnson, it became the lumber company’s home for senior officials and VIP guest visitors to the Fort Bragg mill and logging sites. Fort Bragg Redwood Company became Union Lumber Company in 1905 and the Guest House continued in its role until ULCo sold to Boise-Cascade Corporation, and later still to Georgia-Pacific Corp. G-P donated the home to the City of Fort Bragg on closing their Fort Bragg plant in the 1990s.” (museumsusa.org)
About the dress: I ordered the pattern from Past Patterns for only $13.00. I thought that was a very reasonable price. I highly recommend this site. Saundra copies only existing patterns, so you have to find one that is in your size, or be willing to size up or down. My original intention was to make a muslin first, and then make it in more expensive fabric. I haven’t made the second one yet. So what you are seeing is my wearable muslin made from a floral sheet. I love the look of this dress, especially the sleeves and the trim. Next time, I will make the bodice a little longer and just a bit wider around the hips.
Please pardon the fact that I am missing my white gloves in my photos. What a bad girl I am.
It was fun to “antique” the photos to fit the era, but really there probably wasn’t any color in photos unless it was painted on. Just so you can see the true colors of the floral sheet that I used, I’m including a few normal photos.