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The Graduation Dress

December 18, 2013

I am finally back with a finished project! I’ve been very busy this semester with writing my Master’s Thesis so there has not been much sewing. But I did want to make  dress for graduation and here it is.

Tada! I used Simplicity 3997 c. 1940 and some lovely blue wool for this dress.

This dress had lots of challenges like making bias binding, bias cording and sleeves fit with darts rather than gathers.

I accessorized quite simply with a great hat and pearl earrings. Of course, I wore a traditional cap and gown for the graduation ceremony.

I’m so excited about this dress and I can’t wait to sew more early 40s dresses! More pictures and construction details over on my blog.

  1. You and the dress look beautiful! Very authentic. Isn’t wool wonderful for retro? I’m constantly drawn to the look/feel of it, even though I’m in Florida. The hardest part–for me–about sewing with old patterns is comparing myself to the human toothpicks that are drawn on the envelope!
    Can’t wait to see your next project!

  2. Wow! First, congratulations on finishing your MS in chemistry. That’s quite an achievement. Second, what a gorgeous dress! It is so beautiful on you, and very flattering, too. Well done on both counts. Merry Christmas!

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