Vintage Sewing

1942 Nightgown Becomes Dress

January 24, 2010

Hi everyone! I bought this pattern some time ago:

But being a relatively novice sewist I was a little apprehensive of delving into the world of 40’s patterns. But, with a little more experience up my sleeve, I decided to have a go:

It was a little big on me, so I increased the seams to about 2.5cm. I still have plenty of room to pull on over my head – which is lucky, cos I have quite wide shoulders.

The pattern was an absolute dream to sew — and the instructions were surprisingly easy. I got the fabric and lace trim while visiting my family in Queensland just after New Years. I have put some more pics on my blog if you’d like to see some more. Thanks!!

  1. That is lovely! I have that pattern and keep telling myself that it's much too nice to be worn as a nightie, and you have proven me right! I love the detailing around the collar and sleeves.

    Right. That one definitely goes on my list for February!

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