Anne Adams 4901

by Always Alice on February 1, 2012 · 6 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Jumpers / Pinafores

I just finished this undated mail order pattern. It was so super easy and the fit is phenomenal. The only thing I changed was adding ruffle trim to the button flap. I wanted a more house dress look instead of a classic jumper look. The material is thrifted cotton that was sewn into a tablecloth. The cotton is very thick and satiny feeling, like a nice set of sheets. I used French seams and took the hem up by 3 inches. The panel inset was tricky. I wanted to finish the seams but the directions didn’t allow for that. It is literally just top stitched under the side dress panels. I ended up zig zagging them after a couple failed attempts to changing the way it was attached. I plan on making a couple more, it’s such an interesting look. More info is on my blog of course.

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I'm a self taught seamstress with only a couple of years under my belt. I love to sew from 1940s and 1950s patterns and try to work a little vintage into my modern life. Each garment helps me get closer to creating and designing well constructed and original garments.

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parismegs February 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Lovely dress! I am in love with mail order patterns at the moment…the fit is great, and they seem to work very well :-)


Debi February 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Fantastic dress! I just love the buttons too!


Gina February 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

This dress is really sweet, nice job!


Camelia Crinoline February 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

It looks great. I love the fabric.


Handmade Jane February 2, 2012 at 4:10 am

The fit is really good and I love the fabric and buttons, gorgeous dress. x


Jenny @ Seamingly Smitten February 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

This is a stunning dress on you!! I LOVE the print and your trim really stands out and adds an extra touch of glamour. Can’t wait to see what you make next!


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