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Decades of Style 1944 House Dress

Sew Retro Readers,
It took me weeks at home recovering from surgery to finally complete my Decades of Style 1944 House Dress. I bought the fabric online from Gorgeous Fabrics last year . (Note to self: I am going to start attaching tags to my fabric with date and source). The colors of this dress were inspired by a Rose Bowl game here in Pasadena – actually the BCS Championship in
Pasadena (Univ. of Alabama v. Univ. of Texas). I thought I am going to make a dress to wear with my brother to the next Alabama championship – it’s only taken me over three years. The dress above, is with no flash, and below, with flash.

I also wanted to make this pattern for quite some time as well.  I made a toile, first, and made the adjustments.  Then I underlined all the pieces and serged the edges.  I changed my serger thread to maxi-lock – and guess what?  Perfect serging!  Just as I was about to purchase a Babylock evolution.  Blast!

My final thought is that this pattern is drafted ridiculously well.  I made only minor changes overall.  Apparently, it has been redrafted from the original pattern in today’s sizes by Decades of Styles – which I love.  It took me a week to make this dress after the toile.   This dress I really focused on construction techniques – and I still wasn’t 100 percent happy with the execution.  Yes, I would definitely make this again, most likely with vintage-insprired fabric.

More details cross-posted at my blog, Pammie & the Ps.

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  • mariebayarea June 21, 2013, 12:03 am

    That’s a beautiful color and print. The neckline is wonderful.

  • Isis June 21, 2013, 3:34 am

    How cute!

    I have made this dress as well and I agree- it is really well drafted! I made mine in a light weight cotton and it has turned into my go-to dress for hot days. Cool but still pretty. 🙂

  • Adele June 22, 2013, 2:50 am

    It’s amazing how dressy 1940s house dresses are. I think they are “Go anywhere (especially if it’s hot” )” dresses”.

  • Dellis June 22, 2013, 7:26 am

    Your dress is fab! Do hope you’ll make more in vintage fabrics. Could easily see it in fun prints, as a wardrobe staple.

    Thanks for posting about this pattern co. Don’t hear of it too much, but love their styles. Will have to take the plunge meself!


  • Pam June 23, 2013, 1:14 am

    Thanks for the kinds comments! I forgot to check the comments when I posted! I appreciate the feedback. Yes, definitely next time I am going to make it in a more vintage type of fabric – I actually had some in my stash – unfortunately it was a bit too short for this longer length dress. I think it would also be much easier without the underlining!

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