Airplanes & High Heels

Hello Ladies!

Isn't this a perfectly gorgeous pattern?


You might not recognize me if I’m not wearing a 1950s dress, but I did indeed break away from that era and sew something from the 1940s!  Have many of you seen the new design that Simplicity released recently?  It’s a knee-length dress with 3/4 length sleeves, a princess seamed front panel, and lots of gorgeous ruching and pleating in the waist and hips.   Since I LOVE VINTAGE PATTERNS (!) I ordered the pattern right away, in hopes that I could sew the “inaugural” version of it for my blog.  And I think I succeeded!  (I’ll admit that option A is a bit dowdy with that tight neckline, but option B is quite flattering.)

Wish I had lived back in the "good old days"!

Within 24 hours of the pattern arriving at my house, I was at an antique flight musuem getting pictures taken of the new dress!  This pattern has lots of details for requiring such a small amount of fabric, and is remarkably comfortable to wear.

A classic WWII sort of setting!

It has the prettiest panel down the bodice front which could transfer beautifully over to a formal gown from the 40s as well.   I’m almost thinking you could chop off the entire bodice pattern at the waist, pair it with a long, 40s evening skirt pattern, and maybe add some flutter sleeves for a really lovely wedding dress.  The dress comes together so fast, and is finished with a neckline facing so you don’t have to line the whole thing.

The material itself was ideal for the project, and was a black silk charmeuse with red roses and golden brown leaves scattered across.  I know that black is not a color I’m supposed to wear since I have warm coloring, but I made an exception for this project. : )

And the planes were fabulous!  I love old airplanes almost as much as I love old dresses… well, no that’s not true, but at least I like them quite a bit!  I tried to be authentic by only posing with aircraft that were built between 1939 and 1949.

Last but not least, I was very excited to find a vintage hairdo that I can pull off.  My hair curls very easily, but uncurls easier still!  So I’ve finally discovered that if I do pin curls and leave the bobby pins in place, the hair can’t uncurl even if it wants to!

So that’s just a few of the numerous pictures I have over on my vintage dress blog, and I’d love to hear what you think of the new pattern!

Happy sewing!



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8 comments… add one

  • What a great pattern! Love it!

  • I like the dress a lot, love your pictures!

  • you look ravishing!!! so gorgeous :)

    xx, james

  • The dress looks lovely. Its great you had fabric that matched the pattern picture.

    You’ll have to keep an eye out for a passing airman so you can borrow his silk parachute to make another dress. ;)

    • Ha ha ha!! That’s just hilarious, LadyD! I have heard of at least three girls who had dresses (wedding dresses no less!) made from their fiancee’s army parachute.

      That would be quite a fashion statement, wouldn’t it?

      • You’d have to be careful hubby didn’t go to jump out a plane and find a dress shaped hole in the parachute. ;)
        what I love about 40’s fashion is the thriftyness. Make do and mend, and being frugal with fabric. I’d love to get my hands on a modern repro of the (CC41) utility clothing patterns.

  • Cute dress!

  • So fun! You look great and the dress is super neat!


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