1920s Flapper Dress Pattern Review

About The Creator

Mary Brooks Picken is the developer of 1920s Flapper Dress Pattern. An announcement was first made in 1923 that Mary Brooks Picken of the Woman's Institute had developed a new plan by which an attractive dress could be made in an hour, it aroused tremendous interest among women everywhere.

Some doubted that such an achievement was possible until the dress was made in a public demonstration in the Grand Central Palace, New York, in 34 minutes, a fact recorded in the New York newspapers and attested to by officials of the National Merchandise Fair.

What Is The System About?

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 - you will get something from this book. 

"A smart, up-to-the-minute dress cut out, completely made, all ready to put on within an hour! You may receive a "phone call at one o'clock inviting you to a little impromptu gathering of friends at three, and you can go, if you wish, wearing a dainty new frock make in the time you would ordinarily spend wondering what to wear. Such is the delight you can find in making your own clothes now that it is easily possible to make an attractive, becoming dress in an hour.

And you can have as many "One Hour Dresses" as your heart desires — in infinite variety, for the "One Hour Dress" is not a style of dress, it is a method of making. It is a new and simple plan by which the dress you select from the many designs in this book can actually be cut out, put together, finished all complete in sixty minutes. And you can create other "One Hour Dresses" for yourself, because different combinations of colors and materials, different finishes and touches of decoration will enable you to have just the dress that appeals to your taste and have it quickly and at little cost."

This System bypasses the pattern stage, but you can still use it to make a pattern.

What Does It Include?

The following is included in the system ;

  • Introduction - Making a Dress in an Hour
  • Step One - Take Your Measurements
  • Step Two - Divide the Material
  • Step Three - Cut Out Belt and Skirt
  • Step Four - Cut Out the Blouse
  • Step Five - Bind Neck and Sleeves
  • Step Six - Join the Blouse and Skirt
  • Step Seven - Complete the Skirt
  • Step Eight - Complete the Blouse
  • Step Nine - Make the Belt
  • Step Ten - Finish the Dress
  • Variations of the One Hour Dress
  • Other Variations Shown in This Book

Bonus included ;


How She Makes Dresses in 35 Minutes

By LENORE McCORMACK, Department of Dressmaking. The World Dressmaking Record Holder shares her secrets on fast dressmaking


The 2 Hour Dress - 1925

The One-Width, Slender-Line Dress for Fall By MARY BROOKS PICKEN, Director of Instruction Especially Suited to the 54-inch (137cm) Flannels in Plain, Striped, Checked, or Plaid Design. One Length of Material Plus a Scant Two Hours Time Makes This Modish Frock.


Magazine Articles

A collection of period News and Magazine Articles on the One Hour Dress.


1924 Dresses - in color!

20 beautiful and inspiring examples. These are not “One Hour Dresses” but they do illustrate the types of dresses, materials, and colors that were in fashion in 1924. See example on left.

What You Will Get?

You will receive a 40-page digital download consisting of -

  • THE ONE HOUR DRESS of 1924
  • How I Make Dresses in 35 Minutes
  • The 2 Hour Dress of 1925
  • The magazine articles
  • 1924 Dresses - in color!

What Is The Format Of The Product?

"THE ONE HOUR DRESS" is a downloadable book in PDF format. You can read it on your computer or print it out. Being a PDF means it can be read by both PCs and Mac's. All you need is the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software that you most probably already have. If you don't have Adobe Reader we provide a link where you can download it.

"THE ONE HOUR DRESS" is available for IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD following Payment.

What Is The Product Intended For And Is It Actionable?

 The product is design to help people learn how to make 1920s flapper dress in only an hour and anyone can learn from it. You can print the pages and put them into a folder with plastic sleeves for protection and easy access.

1920s Flapper Dress Pattern
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