Made Do and Mend from this Summer

September 15, 2012

Believe it or not this dress was made out of an old fitted bed sheet. the elastic was shot but it only cost $2.48 at Goodwill so I bought it and it turned into a fantastic dress. The pattern is Hollywood 1271; the only change I had to make to the pattern was to shorten the hem but I plan on opening up the collar because it is a little to high for my claustrophobic side. This was my first attempt at bound button holes and some turned out better than others.  The facings for the dress were a little funny especially with the bound buttons but they turned out well enough to wear the dress. My grandmother made me a snood to match my dress. It turned out beautiful with a scalloped front. I wore my dress and snood for WWII weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.  

There was a downpour while M and I were waiting in the car for the shuttle but it stopped so we had overcast skies for the rest of the day. It’s always amazing to see all of the airplanes out and all of the reenactors who really love what they do. We sat a bit for the live radio show and walked through all of the encampments. I found a new sewing pattern Du Barry 2347d (which I can’t seem to find a picture of on the internet). It said it was a 40’s pattern but I wanted to confirm the date.  I found that it’s a 1939 pattern and it is now on the wiki. It’s a shirtwaist style with buttons and a zip closure plus you can add pockets to the center panel. (I LOVE pockets, which is what this dress is missing). M was looking for a rifle while we were in the flee market part but he couldn’t find one. Oh and did I mention that he was dressed as a British soldier and we spoke with an accent to each other all day? Yeah we’re goofy like that but I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Scoop:
Fabric: 50% cotton / 50% Polyester fabric; cream with orange and yellow flowers

Pattern: Hollywood 1271
Year: 1944
Notions: 8 cream buttons with gold around the edges
Hours: I honestly don’t want to think about it. (Let’s just say the shoulder ruffles and I didn’t get along…)
First worn?: June 3rd 2012 for WWII Weekend
Wear again?: To WWII weekend again for sure, and maybe out and about if I’m feeling ruffly…
Make again?: I want to make the second version with the sailor collar, but I have to decide if I want a red, blue, white, or black dress with all the possible color combos for trim.

Total cost: $5.00 for the pattern, the fabric was a gift, the buttons were in my button jar and the thread was in my thread box

  1. Your dress is adorable, and your post very timely… thank you! Looks like a wonderful event, and your characters certainly appropriately dressed.

    I had just told a friend about someone from last year (can’t really remember) who had attended this kind of event, and my friend was was very interested as her husband’s a pilot.


    1. It was soo much fun to be immersed in the time period. The only thing I wish I could have found for the even were proper shoes. I had on flats that were not even close to period correct but they matched so it worked.

    1. Thanks my grandmother just made a square using triple crochet and skipping stitches on the chain then we used thread to pull the sides up and cord elastic for the bottom leaving the top boarder as is and securing with lots os bobby pins

  2. You both look wonderful!
    May I ask what kind of rifle he was looking for? My dad is a collector of vintage military rifles (as of now he probably has at least one from every country that made one in the wwi-wwii eras!)

    1. Hi Valerie! This is Matt, and I was actually looking for replica rifles that they always have on sale, unfortunately they don’t sell live rifles. But if I had my choice, I’d have to go with the M1903 U.S. Springfield bolt-action rifle. Hopefully I’ll get a job one day that pays well enough to start a collection that’s similar to your father’s! 🙂

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