Sew for Victory Dress: Du Barry 5384

by Handmade Jane on March 19, 2013 · 9 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

This is my finished Sew for Victory dress which I’m SSOO pleased with!

The pattern I used was Du Barry 5384 from 1942, which was an absolute pleasure to sew. For fabric I used a charcoal grey lawn-like polka dot and underlined the whole dress with white silk cotton. The only changes I made were to shorten the hem by about two inches and to replace the side zip with a long, central back zip (I hate side zips, it’s just a personal gripe of mine!).

Not much more to add except I love, love, love it! More photos and construction details can be found on my blog: Handmade Jane. x



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I've been sewing for two years and am now at the stage where I make most of my own clothes. I love vintage style, vintage fabric and, most importantly, vintage sewing patterns! I'm influenced by most styles from the late 1930's to the early 1960's but if I had to choose the decade that most captures my imagination, it would have to be the 1940's. Looking forward to sharing more of my finished garments with you. x

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Karin March 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

A lovely pattern and the color is great on you. I really like the 40′s style too. Congrats to an excellent dress!


Mainelydad March 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

Terrific! The color is amazing on you. Thanks for reminding us of how great grey can be.


Michelle March 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

I can see why this is your husband’s favorite make! It’s lovely and it suits you very nicely. I really like your fabric choice. I say, wear as much grey as you like. :-D


Pam March 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Agree. Looks great. Perfect choice in material, grey with white polka dot, for this pattern. The length is perfect for you. Your brooch is a nice touch.


Sew Lonnie March 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I agree the fabric choice is perfect, lovely dress.


tanya maile March 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

I love it!!!!


Gillian March 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

This is so lovely, well done. I would wear this in a heartbeat.


Susan March 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

The dress looks really nice on you! Great choice!


Annica Jump July 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I am trying to find the Du Barry pattern 5384 that you used. Can you tell me where I can get it from?

I would really appreciate it.


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