Decades of Style 1944 House Dress

by pammieellen on June 20, 2013 · 5 comments

in 1940s,Vintage Sewing

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 at 12:03 am

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


Isis June 21, 2013 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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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