Over the last few months, I’ve lost myself digging through old craft books highlighting the fashions of the 1960s and ’70s. Those two decades have served as a pillar of inspiration for many projects made and to come, with lacey crochet dresses, fringe-detailing, and playful ponchos dancing in my head. Recently, another decade caught my eye — the gorgeous 1930s. Elegant, floor length crocheted dresses, anchor-embellished knit bathing suits, and a variety of adorable berets have become a favorite from those years. If you’re seeking inspiration for revamping your wardrobe, or simply want to take in the jaw-dropping, handcrafted work of the 1930s, check out a few magical photos below.
Columbia Sunday Night Dress No.5413 – Vintage Knitting / Crochet Pattern, 1934, Etsy
Bathing Suit, Blouse, Skirt, Beret – 1930s Vintage Knitting Pattern, Etsy
Winged Beret – Vintage 1930s Crochet Hat Pattern, Etsy
Pinch-Tuck Beret – Vintage 1930s Crochet Hat Pattern, Etsy
Scotch Beret – Vintage 1930s Crochet Hat Pattern, Etsy
Columbia Peggy Tucker Evening Gown No. 396 – Vintage Crochet Pattern, 1934, Etsy
Vintage 1930s Crochet Patterns – Empire Blouse, Etsy