1940s shoe dress

1940s shoe dressThis has got to be my favourite dress to date and it ties in nicely with the 1940s inspired challenge over at Sew Weekly. I used an original 1940s pattern from Butterick, number 2638 which I got from Etsy some time ago.

butterick 2638

The fabric was an amazing find at Oxfam, last year for about five pounds. So you can imagine how happy I am with this dress!

1940s shoe dress

The construction was pretty simple. I made some adjustments to the design namely, adding a couple of inches onto the waist and taking 5 inches off the length. I also replaced gathers with soft pleats and I know that kind of takes from the authenticity but I think its all round more flattering…. and it was a lot easier getting soft pleats even instead of gathering!

1940s shirt dress

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  • Darling! You did a fabulous job!

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  • I am having serious dress-envy. This is amazing and your shoes (your feet shoes!) are adorable.

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    • lol… thanks so much Reana Louise. I have been using the term ‘feet shoes’ all day… love it!

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  • What a sweet dress!

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  • I love your dress!

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  • I’m with Reana Louise – SERIOUS dress-envy indeed! X

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    • lol… thanks Miss Ava Kitten :-)

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  • Very lovely and you did a wonderful job. Love the color and pattern.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment. I love this colour too… just don’t have enough of it! And I love shoes so the pattern is most loved!

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  • Janene, I love it! What a pretty pattern and a great call doing soft pleats over gathers – they only suit children don’t they?!

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    • Thanks so much Trish. Can never get even gathers in any case! :-)

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  • Lovely dress, perfect for summer.

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    • Thank you LadyD, yes it is surprisingly cool! :-)

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  • That is gorgeous! What a lucky find with the fabric- it’s not something I’ve ever come across in charity shops. I’m with you on the pleats- I prefer them to gathers myself too.

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    • Thanks Ginny. Yes it was a very lucky find indeed. Pleats are far easier as far as I’m concerned! :-)

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  • Such a cute dress! I’d have done the same with the gathers. They really demand the right kind of fabric that won’t add too much bulk. The soft pleats look great.

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    • Thank you Nathalie. A much easier option too! :-)

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