1940′s Sew for Victory Dress

by LilliansEnsembles on April 3, 2013 · 5 comments

in 1940s

Hello and today I am showing my first dress I have ever made in this style. This was a challenge for me, I learnt a lot about dress making and many some new contacts.  I chose this shirt style dress unbeknown to me a collar is not that easy especially for a beginner but here it is and it turned out well.

Here is a close up of the darts, there were a few all around. The buttons I got from Etsy, they were new old stock so I was pleased to find them. This took me just over a week but that was sewing everyday. I am very pleased how this turned out and fits.

I am now setting myself my own challenge to make a full 40′s wardrobe from dresses, blouses, skirts to suits……Happy Crafting!




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Hello, I have been sewing, knitting and crocheting for years and now am in the process of building a 1940's wardrobe for myself. Love that era.

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LittleBlackCar April 3, 2013 at 9:45 am


I love that fabric. I made my friend a sunbonnet out of it.


Michelle April 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

This dress turned out beautifully! I’m excited to see your future creations as you work toward your goal! It sounds like a really exciting project.


elisha April 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

You actually look a lot like Rochelle, who hosted Sew For Victory!


Liz April 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

That dress turned out great! Well done. What pattern did you use?


Anonymous April 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Thank you, I am pleased with it. Butterick 5846, when I looked at the pattern, I thought no way is that a reproduction but then I found out it was.


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