vintage inspired!

by tina vines on March 4, 2012 · 10 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Modern Patterns,Vintage Sewing

hello all of you lovely retro sewers! this is my first post & im very excited :)

i just finished this dress using the Decades of Style pattern called “1940′s New England Dress” & im pretty pleased with the result!

for this dress, i used a fun printed light-weight cotton fabric in some lovely muted colors & vintage ball buttons i thrifted recently.

i really love the panel details that this pattern has on the bodice & skirt…and guess what?!? there are even POCKETS in the skirt panel! i just love pockets!

overall, im really happy with how this turned out & i got a few compliments while wearing it which made me so proud!

such a cute silhouette!


awesome vintage buttons

a much better photo than in my original post! (aside from the wrinkles...)

back view

side view


love my new dress!!

i took a few years away from sewing and im just getting back into the swing of things. now that im sewing again, i realize how much i love and missed it. this site has been very inspirational for me..thank you all for your posts!

happy sewing,

(-now with better photos!)

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im a vintage-loving gal living in berkeley, california who runs a traditional, hand-painted sign shop with her talented boyfriend & loves sewing from vintage patterns!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katherine March 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Welcome Tina! We’re thrilled to have you along for the ride :D

This came out really cute. Well done!


Pimpinett March 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

Lovely! Those buttoned panels are fabulous.


jbsews March 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

Love it! You did great and what a lovely pattern.


Michelle March 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wonderful job with the dress, Tina! It looks really gorgeous!


tina vines March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

thank you everyone!!


Anni March 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

Very pretty dress! I also just recently got back into sewing (after a year of silence) and realized how much I’d missed it. What a lovely feeling that is, getting back to sewing. :)


tina vines March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

it really is great, anni! the satisfaction & pride you feel once you finish a project are priceless!


trish March 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

hey, awesomesauce! That turned out so beautifully. thanks for sharing it.


Isis March 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

Looks lovely! I have been eyeing that pattern and it’s nice to see how it “for real”. And the fabric is very cute too!


Danielle July 15, 2012 at 4:58 am

So flattering :)


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