1940s

Dress giveaway: Marian Martin 9359 (1940’s)

April 29, 2011

This kind of breaks my heart, but I know she’ll go to a better place, so it’s for the best.

Behold: Marian Martin 9359 (no date, late 1940’s):

(Click on the image for a larger, though still slightly out-of-focus, version.)

She was one of my first serious sewing attempts, and I love her dearly. Alas, she no longer fits.

In the interest of full disclosure, this is a secondhand dress, but she has no damage and has not been washed to death. All sewing is by machine and all her seams are finished (flat-felled). She is made of good-quality Moda quilting cotton in a mottled rust color with small black and white stylized floral print, and black rick-rack trim. She has a zipper closure in her left side. She does not have shoulder pads, although they can be added by the winner (I have square shoulders, and her shoulder-line was altered slightly to take up the slack that would originally have gone toward shoulder pads).

She has a lot of life left in her and I would love to see her go to a loving new home.

Giveaway is for the dress only, not the pattern.

Size: Advertised as a size 18 1/2 (bust 36, petite), however, that’s me in the photo and I am 5’7″ and was about a bust 38 at the time.

If you are interested, leave a comment here or email me through my blog, and I’ll put your name in the hat. Be sure I have a way to contact you in case you’re the lucky winner.

  1. I'm sorry to hear your dress no longer fits — it's really quite lovely! especially as one of your first dresses!

    (not entering the giveaway, just offering condolences)

  2. There was no waist measurement given, but a size 18-20 would have been about a Bust 36-38, waist 30-32, hips 39-41. (My hips are proportionally bigger than that–probably about 43 at the time–and it fit fine, though.)

  3. What a sweet dress. I would love to be entered. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sewingwithtrudy at yahoo dot com

  4. Rickrack? Pockets? And it would fit me?! What's not to love! Please enter me.
    celestialtreat at hotmail dot com

  5. She is lovely, and I would be pleased, nay, honoured to give her a new home. Please add me to the (one assumes) vintage hat.

    You can contact me via me blog travelsofbell . blogspot . com

  6. I'd love to be put in the running for this dress, it's darling and you did a wonderful job on it. And it would fit me which is a nice plus 🙂
    vdlebreton(at)gmail(dot)com

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