Learn about Life in the 1920s

When 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.

ONE HOUR DRESS by Mary Brooks Picken







One Hour Dress Made in 34 Minutes!

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...

At left - Mary Brooks Picken wearing a One Hour Dress, sketched by the Woman's Institute Fashion Artist, Alice Seipp.

Excerpt from "The One Hour Dress"

"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."

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

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


How I Make 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.

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