Sew For Victory “Doris” Dress

by raywuwei on March 26, 2013 · 11 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I crafted this dress (named after my Great Grandmom) with the help of one of my first Patterns From The Past purchases: McCall 4890 circa 1942!

I was immediately drawn to the military-esque triangular shape of ’40s tops but was unsure how they would look on my very ’50s hourglass figure. I reeeeeally don’t enjoy emphasizing my hips, and had never made a dress that wasn’t uber fitted at the waist.

The Sew For Victory challenge really did inspire me in this way, and I decided to give it a go. I actually LOVE the drape of the loose-fitting waist, especially since I used a light linen. I placed the fitted skirt yoke just high enough on my hips to show that I’m not actually that wide, so I think it did turn out fairly flattering.

For more details on how I made this, check out my blog!

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tina vines March 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This dress looks wonderful! I love the embroidery!! You did a great job :)


raywuwei March 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Thanks, Tina!


EmSewCrazy March 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

It’s lovely! You look great in it. The embroidery is so cute too!


raywuwei March 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Awe, thank you! I <3 embroidery ;)


Katherine March 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hah, I love that you’re copying the pose from the envelope :D This is gorgeous – well done!


raywuwei March 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hehe, its always nice to have posing inspiration (no models here). Thanks!


Marie March 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

It’s lovely, well done! Very flattering and the linen you used hangs beautifully. I love the embroidery too!


lunefantasy March 27, 2013 at 6:13 am

beautiful !
a great job


tanya maile March 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

Lovely dress and it looks great on you!


Kristin March 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

I have a figure similar to yours, and I too have shied away from some of those patterns because I’m unsure how they look. The dress looks fantastic on you though and I may even be a bit inspired for my own version. Great job!


Jayne March 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

This is gorgeous. I’m very envious.


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