Sew For Victory

by Jeannie Watt on April 2, 2013 · 2 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Hello Everyone! Here is the Sew For Victory suit I made from Simplicity 1447. This project seemed like the perfect opportunity to try some techniques I’ve read about and never used, such as pattern grading, color blocking, underlining and bound button holes. I thought it’d be fun to jam them all into one project.


I used two colors of linen-silk blend for the suit and underlined it with silk organza. I’m now an underlining convert. I graded the pattern up one size using the cut and spread method and it worked perfectly. I did have to buy industrial strength shoulder pads from Britex, though, to make the jacket hang correctly.

I’m quite happy with the suit, but I did have my share of challenges.  If you’d like to read more about my…er…adventures?… with bound buttonholes and color blocking, please visit my blog.

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I’m a romance writer and a sewing enthusiast. When I get into a rough patch while writing, I sew and vice versa. It works. I end up with new clothes to wear and new manuscripts to send off to my editor. I live in rural Nevada with my husband, dog, cat and horses. My idea of heaven is visiting my kids in San Francisco and shopping at Britex.

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Linda Ferris April 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

I will swear my mother had this very same suit!! It’s wonderful, looks smashing on you and WHERE did you find that incredible hat?? Bravo!!!!!!

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Gail April 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

Very nice color combo and a great style pattern ! What an interesting way to construct the sleeve too.

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