Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design

Decades of Style Sewing Challenge

Jane Foster's Students Model Their Decades of Style Garments

Kathy D used a soft rayon fabric from Britex for this 1930's Decades of Style Butterfly Blouse. She had some leather she found in Copenhagen, and she used it to bind the edges.

Decades of Style #3005 Butterfly Blouse

Pattern description: "It is a wrap blouse with a saddle yoke at the shoulder and flowing, elbow-length sleeves. There is shirring at the shoulders in the front and ties that wrap around the back and meet at the front waist."

Katherine and Jane went shopping at Piedmont Fabrics and found this gorgeous silk chiffon. Katherine made it into an amazing Decades of Style Butterfly blouse.

Decades of Style #3005 Butterfly Blouse

Wai also purchased this silk chiffon fabric at Piedmont Fabrics. She soaked it in a gelatin solution before cutting and sewing. This made it easier to handle. She then washed out the gelatin after the garment was finished.

Decades of Style #3005 Butterfly Blouse

Sue P made this Decades of Style coat from a piece of fabric in the Jane's studio freebie pile. She used silk shantung to bind the edges, and also to make the bias ut cuffs.


Decades of Style Bridge Coat

Kathy D made another garment using a Decades of Style Lily jacket pattern. The fabric came from Fabric and Fabrics in NY. It has a slight stripe which we used to create a chevron in the back by cutting the fabric in different directions. Kathy flat piped the seams to accentuate them. She has fastened the jacket with covered snaps and added an attractive pin which we chose online.

Decades of Style #3006 1930s Lily Jacket

Pattern description: "It is a waist length, unlined jacket with raglan sleeves. The jacket has quintessentially 1930s shaped seams and piecing - yet it looks right at home in the 21st century. The 3/4 length sleeve has a shaped hem to add even more to the timeless style of this jacket.
There are 2 views: one with a tie closure at the center front waist; and one without the ties, featuring a double breasted button closure or no closure with the jacket front draped open."


Wai also made the Decades of Style Lily jacket.

Decades of Style #3006 1930s Lily Jacket

Here is the back view of Wai's jacket. She added the center back seam on the top piece so she could get the chevron effect of the fabric.

Robin's Decades of Style Lily jacket is made with a black denim and topstitched with a light thread.

Decades of Style #3006 1930s Lily Jacket

Vicki Z made this beautiful Decades of Style Tulip Kimono from Japanese silk. She made the flower closure.


Decades of Style #2001 1920s Tulip Kimono

Pattern description: "The kimono is unlined and has set in sleeves (so technically it is not a kimono but it has that feeling). The shawl collar, cuffs and shaped bands at the bottom edge are in a contrasting fabric.

There is roughly 6 inches of ease at the bust and the hip.

It is slightly double breasted so you will need to underline if you use a sheer fabric. Any light to medium weight fabric will be fine. It is lovely out of cotton as well."

Vicki E has beautiful hand stitching on her 1940's Decades of Style #4005 Girl Friday Blouse. She used a silk crepe de chine that was in her stash.

Her skirt is Decades of Style #3011 1930s Stardust Skirt. The fabric is a textured rayon also from her stash. The three front seams on the skirt are piped beautifully.


Decades of Style #4005 1940s Girl Friday Blouse

Decades of Style #4005 1940s Girl Friday Blouse

Pattern descriptions:

"One collar was not enough; this blouse has 3 collars stacked upon each other.
It is a simple sheath with a cap sleeve and invisible side zipper. Darts and tucks provide shaping at the waist. Decorative running stitches of embroidery floss on the collars and armhole."

"This graceful asymmetrical skirt is from a vintage couture pattern from the early 1930s. It has two godets or panels left of center front.

There is no side seam on the left; the skirt back extends around to the front with a side dart for shaping. Zipper closure on the right side seam. Mid calf length."

Jeanne made this Decades of Style Belle Curve dress using silk noil. It has 40 darts making up the curve from the side of the bust to the back. It has gathering below the waist at the center back.

Decades of Style #4005 1940s Girl Friday Blouse

Pattern Description: "It is named for the beautiful curved seam between the front and back pieces (there is no real side seam.) The shorter length is perfect for day or cocktail depending on your fabric choice. The long version would make an amazing wedding gown!

Center back invisible zipper. Cap sleeves. No side seam on skirt. 2 bust darts and 16 small darts on each side. Gathered fullness at back skirt. Shoulder and fish-eye waist darts on Dress Back."

Susie used the Decades of Style #3009 1930s Capelet for the Sewing Challenge. The buttons are gorgeous and she bought them in Paris. Everyone wanted to try on this capelet and loved it. We can expect to see many more of Jane's students making this cape. It’s basically a sleeveless jacket with a short cape. 

Decades of Style #3009 1930s Capelet

Pattern description: "This capelet from the 1930s is so stylish and clever and its design that you are going to want to make it again and again. It works perfectly as a light weight wrap for layering.
Sleeveless shell has applied capelet. Slot buttonhole closure at funnel neck. Second button closure at waistline. Add more buttons for a sporty look."

Barbara looks fantastic in her silk Decades of Style dress with the asymetrical neckline and tie on the side.

Decades of Style #4011 1940s Point Made Gown

Pattern description; "Its flattering design features a draped bodice and bias-cut inset pieces that tie at the waist".

"Asymmetrical neck line has fullness gathered or pleated into right shoulder. Back bodice extends to front at right shoulder in a point. Cap sleeves, side slit on full length gown, side zipper, snap opening at left shoulder. Skill level is medium."

Barbara S used boiled wool to make this Decades of Style stole. The stole is such a clever idea and it can be made in a few hours if you don’t line it. Once it is on, both of your hands are free, and it stays on.

Decades of Style #5006 1950s Stole.

Pattern description: "It is a wide stole with a sleeve on the right side. The back of the stole wraps over the shoulder to the front where a flap conceals an opening for the left hand. Fully lined."

Susie wears her wool brown check Decades of Style stole very well. She had fun showing everyone how to put it on.

Decades of Style #5006 1950s Stole.


JoAnn B made the Decades of Style stole for a friend of hers. The plaid fabric is cut on the bias.

Decades of Style #5006 1950s Stole.


Diana used a beautiful cotton for her Decades of Style dress.

Decades of Style 102 - Given a Chance Dress

Pattern description: "Sleeveless shift features side bust darts and pockets. Origami-inspired yoke is fully lined."

Diana liked this dress so much she made it twice. These cotton dresses are cool to wear, and perfect for California's hot summer days.

Decades of Style 102 - Given a Chance Dress

Joy D made this dress using fabric from Marcy Tilton for the skirt, and Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics for the top piece. She lined the skirt. Its really looks great on her

Decades of Style 102 - Given a Chance Dress

Laura decorated this well made Decades of Style apron with bias binding.

Decades of Style #4001 1940s Apron from Val's Kitchen

Pattern description: "The apron has a separate neck piece, a heart-shaped pocket and it provides full frontal coverage for cooking. The edges are finished with bias binding. You can make this one out of just a bit more than one yard of fabric."

Anna made a fun holiday apron.

Decades of Style #4001 1940s Apron from Val's Kitchen


Thea used a rayon fabric to make this Decades of Style beach pajamas. She also has a top to go with the outfit.

Decades of Style #3015 1930s Last Resort Beach PJs

Pattern description: "One-piece beach pajamas have a daring V-neck in the back that plunges to the waist, slim fitting hips and wide pant legs. Tie across shoulder blades prevents wardrobe malfunctions. Center back invisible zipper and patch pockets."

Carol T used a Liberty of London knit for her Decades of Style dress. It’s so soft, and it gathers nicely on the band at the waist.

Decades of Style #4013 1940s Dorothy Lara Dress

Pattern description: "This dress from the 1940s is just adorable, Suitable for a border print. Gathers at neck either create the illusion of bust volume where there is very little - or accommodates a larger bust without much adjusting!

Considerable fullness gathered into neck edge. Back neck darts.Gathered skirt. Raglan sleeves, side zipper, optional inseam pocket."

Vicki made this cute dress by Decades of Style. The fabric is double cotton gauze and came  from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics. Vicki piped the seams with a red flat piping.

Decades of Style #2005 1920s Baltimore Dress

Pattern description: "Very loose fitting pull over 1920s sleeveless dress uses fabric blocking to accent art deco design lines. "



Vicki made another garment using a Decades of Style pattern. This blouse is from their Everyday collection. The fabric is a woven striped cotton with some stretch. The blouse is buttoned at the center back.

Decades of Style No. 104 Buttons and Bows Blouse

Pattern description: "Retro pussy bow blouse features 3/4 length sleeves with your choice of two styles of ties at the neckline. Fitted bodice features side bust darts and fisheye waist darts in front, shoulder dart and fisheye waist darts plus a 6-button closure in the back. Long pussy bow tie in View A is sewn in to shoulder seam. Short tie in View B is applied at shoulder seam with decorative buttons. All ties are cut on the bias.

Zelda’s blouse was made with a teal silk and linen blend fabric. It wraps the body and fastens at the back waist.

Decades of Style 1952 Wrap Blouse

The pattern is out of print.

Sally made this Decades of Style 1920's coat as a costume for a play of "Thoroughly Modern Millie".

Decades of Style #2006 1920s Sugar Coat

Pattern description: "Very loose fitting boxy coat with fabric-petal “fringe” embellished sleeve and hem line. Purchased frog closure at center front. Set in sleeves and small darts at front shoulder and center back neck. Side Seam pockets. Optional lining."


Barbara M made a several cute blouses for her daughter Katie using this pattern.

Decades of Style #5003 1950s Collar Confection Blouse

Pattern description: "The blouse has cap sleeves with petal shaping at the shoulder edge. There are tucks in the front and darts at the back waist and shoulder to provide shaping. Draped collar and button closure."

Kathleen made this dress to wear at a 1920's party. Its made of a rayon from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, CA.

Decades of Style #2003 1920s Hazel's Frock

Pattern description: "It is a straight sheath dress with deep French darts and contrast, bias draped fabric trim at the back neck and hip.

Pull over dress has option of long sleeves with cuff closure. "

Jane made the Decades of Style Hazel’s Frock out of silk chiffon from Mood Fabrics in NY. It is lined with silk and beaded at the neckline and sleeve hems."

Decades of Style #2003 1920s Hazel's Frock

Jane's Decades of Style dress is made in a red linen.

Decades of Style #5007 1950s Object d'Art Dress.

Pattern description: "This vintage pattern from the 1950s features a striking bodice yoke with external dart detail. The skirt has a pleated inset that will pop if you use a vertically striped fabric. Kick pleat at center back. Short sleeves. Side zipper."

Jane made this wonderful Decades of Style caftan.

Decades of Style No. 107 TLC Caftan

Pattern description: "It is a pullover with a surplice bodice and waist insets that tie on the INSIDE to give it just that bit of definition. It is comfortable and becoming on any silhouette!
Pull over caftan in 2 lengths. Includes pockets and the option to substitute elastic for the internal ties."


Note: Pattern drawings and descriptions are by Decades of Style.