I have Been busy busy busy! Let’s get this thing rollin’.
This baby is a Ladies Home Journal mail order #2853 from the 50s. I used a thrifted and probably vintage sheer cotton with bright pink flowers. I finished the dress with French seams. The buttons are from my stash and the buckle is very vintage mother of pearl from my stash as well. The bust was for a 34 but I figured it would fit okay and Not be too baggy however the waist size wasn’t given. Well, it was a tad snug. I always seem to forget the expectation of women wearing girdles in this era. The dress had 16 waist darts. I was in sewing hell for a while. I do love it, especially the cuffs.
This is Simplicity 4640 from the fabulous 40s. I copied the pattern cover exactly. I used a bright blue broadcloth, vintage ric-rac (who doesn’t love tons of ric-rac) and vintage buttons both from my stash. This is the first princess seam dress I have done and I am in love with it. I think this dress is on my favorite top 5 dresses I have made. I didn’t follow the directions (or read them) so when I got to attaching the skirt to the bodice it was a hot mess. More of that is on my blog though.
The navy polka dot number is Advance 8574 from the 50s. It’s kimono sleeves and a big gathered skirt. I had to shorten it significantly to use my fabric but it’s still awesome. The fabric is thrifted micro polka dots arranged into tiny triangles. It gives me a bit of a seizure to look at sometimes. This dress started out as a muslin bodice but I liked it so much that I finished it off. I also used snaps (albeit crooked) to close the bodice. I have a vintage snap putter-on’er that I used for the first time too. I also used a side invisible zip which I try to avoid. I hate putting in buttons and zips, it’s like the buttons should let you into the dress. It it’s such a tease.
Next up is a Mail Order #9116 pattern from the Milwaukee Post (I think) and from the 50s. The bust ended up being too big. I tried fixing it with the button placement and it helped but didn’t fix it. The whole dress actually was a bit big but I think if I put it in the dryer a couple times it may shrink up just a squidge. I used new buttons and navy broadcloth. It was fairly easy to construct and I may make another in the sleeveless version.
As always there is more on my blog. I think I took up just about enough space today. Thanks!