Sew for Victory: Hollywood Patterns 1942 Shirtwaist Dress

by SeamstressErin on April 1, 2013 · 14 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I now present to you my 1940′s dress for Sew for Victory. It’s from Hollywood Patterns (No. 855), from May 1942, endorsed by Betty Grable of 20th Century Fox.  It was my first time using an original 1940′s pattern, which was a fun experience. I’m actually a bit disappointed by the dress, mostly because I was talked into fabric with which I’m just not in love. Oh well. Not every project can be a winner. And I’ve certainly been inspired by all the lovely creations others have made for this sewalong! See my full blog post for more details.

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OnePerfectDay April 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I think it’s GREAT!
And I love the fabric!

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Seamstress Erin April 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Thanks so much for the sweet comments, to you and all the other commenters. It certainly helps me to rethink my grumpiness with this dress. Maybe it’s one of those projects that just needs to be set aside for a little bit while I shake my original vision out of y head so that it can grow on me! Anyway, thanks again!

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Angela Wicentowich April 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I LOVE this. I love the colour combo!

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Becca April 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I think it’s lovely! Turquoise and red is one of my favorite color combinations.

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tanya maile April 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Perfect dress!!!!

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BeaW April 2, 2013 at 3:14 am

I love your dress. I’m a huge fan on shirt dresses and this one is amazing. I really like the print and your overall styling. Perfect!!

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SueC April 2, 2013 at 4:10 am

It looks great! I too love turquoise with red or deep pink.

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Eva April 2, 2013 at 5:43 am

oooh! That is just amazing! A real inspiration.

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Emily April 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

It looks great and I like the colors!

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Jeanne April 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I also like the fabric and the red rickrack looks brilliant- great styling too!

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EmSewCrazy April 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Sad you don’t like the fabric cause I think you look great! I really like the rick rack trim. It adds nice accents. Your styling for the photos is great too!

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Anonymous April 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

The dress is so lovely!

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Jayne April 5, 2013 at 5:01 am

OMG! I love this dress.
Everything about it is delicious. The colours, the fabric, the shape, the pattern, the trim, the buttons.
Well done.

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Amber April 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Not sure why you don’t love this dress, but I sure do. Everything about it is adorable. And you look gorgeous in it too.

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