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How to Sew a Vintage Dress in One Hour - Make a Pattern - Mary Picken

Updated on October 6, 2015

One Hour Dress Patterns Ideas and Instructions

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Where the Idea of the One Hour Dress Came From

Mary Brooks Picken was an author of many books on needlework, sewing and textile arts. She founded the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences.

She was born in 1886 and most of her most popular books were published in the early 1920s to the 1940's. A few still remain in print today. Including the One Hour Dress Pattern Book.

Many of her books were described as booklets and were used as a correspondence course for dressmaking offered by the Women's Institute. There were other books that were full-length books and some were written under a pen name.

She was influential on the subject of fashion and believed strongly that women should were only well-fitting clothing.

Mary Brooks Pickens wrote the book called the One Hour Dress which provided detailed instructions for sewing 1925 Vintage Dresses.

The dress is made from a basic pattern that is simple to create in one hour more or less. The dress pattern sparked an interest of many and is used today to create costumes and modified variations of the dress.

How To Make a One Hour Dress

A one hour dress is made in 60 minutes or less. The standard time to make the dress is approximately 34 minutes.

It is described as a smart dress completely made and all ready within one hour. The instructions are easy to follow and the dress is simple to make.

Since the dress is made in the 1920's style it can be made for costume parties, Halloween or altered to create a dress for today's style.

The simple dressmaking system developed by Mary Picken is just as relevant today as it was in 1924. Whether you are trying to create a 1920's dress, sew a flapper dress costume, learn dressmaking, looking for inspiration, or a fashion student the ideas that Mary provides in her books can be used by today's sewer.

The dress is a very easy dress to make and the pattern can be used by both beginner and more experienced sewers.

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      howtosewadress 6 years ago

      Expressing yourself is the most uplifting feeling a person could feel. Once you learn how to sew a dress, you’ll be able to express yourself more. And you’ll be more proud with the way you look. Nice hub mate.