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Simplicity 4714 (1943)

Here’s the pattern packet (from the Vintage Sewing Pattern wiki, listed there as Simplicity 4714 B):

And here it is in real life:

Yeah, I need a hair tutorial. Badly.

You can follow all the drama on my blog. It’s actually a size too big; it looks better here than it does in real life, but it’s still very wearable. I just look like I’m trying on my big sister’s clothes. I will definitely be resizing this to a 16, though, because it’s far too awesome a dress not to make again. I love the box pleats in the bodice, which give it some shape but don’t make it restrictive.

The really fun part was that, after I posted a picture to Facebook, a friend of mine who is a lady “of a certain age” commented that she made the same pattern for Home Economics class in eighth grade, in 1943!

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Lauren April 13, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Darling! And how cool that your friend made the same pattern in the 40s!

  • WendyBee April 13, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I read Sew Retro frequently, and rarely leave a comment, but for your post, I must.
    You. Are. Adorable. First of all, how lucky you are to look so youthful. I'd say that you look like you might have been in 8th grade last year if I were sure you would take that as a compliment.
    The dress is fab.
    But the best part is that you are friends with "a lady of a certain age". It just makes me smile.

  • Tasha April 13, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I think it's lovely! And what a unique story about your friend, what are the odds of that? Makes it all the more special.

  • Adele April 13, 2011, 4:32 pm


  • Reana Louise April 13, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Well it's obvious that both you and your friend have great taste!

  • Evie April 13, 2011, 9:04 pm

    Neck ruffles are wonderful!

  • Catholic Bibliophagist April 13, 2011, 9:21 pm

    Hey, I like your hair! (Of course, it also happens to look exactly like mine.)

    I also love the dress.

  • Sofia April 14, 2011, 12:59 am

    I love love love this dress! the frills are so nice…just great!

  • Eva April 14, 2011, 5:10 am

    How pretty!

  • Little Black Car April 14, 2011, 9:03 am

    Goodness, no; I haven't been in eighth grade for, um, decades. Must have been some good lighting! But thank you all the same.

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