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1940s Evening Dress – Simplicity 1469

January 20, 2014

I realized the other day that it’s been ages since my last post here. So I thought I would share my final vintage sewing project of 2013. A 1940s evening dress in mustard yellow crepe with sequin trim! I used Simplicity 1469. I’ve wanted to make a 40s dress with a peplum for a long time. I wore this to a 1940s themed winter formal.

The construction was pretty easy and straight forward. After cutting out all the pieces the bodice, or waist as the pattern referred to it, was assembled and the sleeves attached. The tops of the sleeves have a line of gathering stitches that were pulled up to help fit the sleeve into the armcycle. They also help, along with the shoulder pads, to give the sleeves that little pouf on top. The peplum is made of two pieces both cut on the fold. The skirt was four pieces – two front and two back – with a slit at the bottom front. That made walking in the dress much easier. 🙂

I wanted to use three different colors of sequins but in the end I went with just the black and red because that’s all I could find.I’m pretty happy with the final design. Eventually I would liked to have added more sequins to the sleeves and peplum. The black beaded flower motifs are Victorian/Edwardian era pieces that I’ve had for a long time now. I acquired a small box of jet bead trims that someone carefully saved from what must have been some very stunning pieces of clothing! The construction of the flower motifs is pretty interesting too. It looks as though the tiny jet beads where first sewn to a long length of cord. Then the cord was fashioned into the finished design. Talk about time consuming!

I wore a pair of black 40s heels, and some of my rhinestone jewelry. The necklace and earrings I’m pretty sure are 1950s and the bracelet is probably later. I admit I felt a bit over dressed but they were really sparkly and fun to wear! I set my hair in pin curls the night before the event and waited to take them out until just before we had to leave. My hair doesn’t really like to hold a curl but now that it is a little shorter I have an easier time creating a 40s up-do and victory rolls. And my curls actually lasted the whole night so I was happy. It looked half way decent the next day too:)

I have a few more construction pictures as well as pictures from the winter formal on my blog if anyone is interested.

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    1. Thank you Datura! I looked at a number of original 1940s gowns online to get ideas for the trim. At some point I would like to and more sequins to the sleeves. I ran out of sewing time before the event. Story of my life, lol!
      -Emily

      Emily’s Vintage Visions

  1. Wow. Your dress is absolutely stunning! And you look so gorgeous in it. You did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for sharing. Truly impressive!

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