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.)
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.
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!