40s dress and a blouse

by Erika on April 19, 2013 · 7 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I know, spring is on the way, but this dress took a while longer to make… So, here’s the last wool sewing for this season:

It’s sort of 40s style, drafted from my sloper. Originally I thought of it as a late 40s style, but the puffy sleeves brings late 30s, early 40s to mind. Or the 70s! Maybe it’s just a multi-decade dress =)

Detail of the cuffs with shirtsleeve-placket (first time using that technique).

Handpicked lapped zipper.


Ages ago I finished this 50s style┬áblouse as well, it’s in a lovely rayon with a quite heavy drape (leftover fabric from an earlier incarnation of the dress above). I drafted the pattern maybe two years ago, and now have four blouses in my closet based on it. What can I say, when I find a style I like… This pattern is fast to sew and the style very easy to wear, a good combination in my book =)

I’m planning on making a matching belt to the blouse, wouldn’t the green dress and the red blouse + belt be a nice match?

For more pictures and a little tip for getting crisp and clean edges with as little bulk as possible, visit my blog.

Have a great weekend!

Love, Erika

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Draped in Cloudlets April 19, 2013 at 3:07 am

Wow, the dress is stunning, what a perfect pattern and fit!


Veronica Lewis April 19, 2013 at 5:59 am

Wonderful post, Beautiful items and great tips, thank you so much for sharing….


Starspangledheart April 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

This dress looks fabulous! To me it looks more late 40s just because of how much skirt there is. And the blouse is so cute! :)


picotbytorhild April 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

Wow! That dress is really lovely! The blouse too. I love your blog!


Jeannie Watt April 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

They’re both beautiful. Great colors and craftsmanship!


mariebayarea April 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I’m blown away!


Sophie April 20, 2013 at 4:31 am

Wow!! Gret job, it looks lovely on you!!
I love the 50s bllouse too, the fabric looks sooooo nice to wear!!!



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