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.