1940s Red and White Swing Dress

by Emilys Vintage Visions on February 19, 2014 · 3 comments

in 1940s,Vintage Sewing

Hi All!

I’ve finished another sewing project! This one is a mid 1940s day dress. I knew the pattern would be a touch large for me, but I went ahead and made it up anyway without making any alterations. And guess what? Yup, it was a little too big! Well, actually it’s quiet wearable but a bit too roomy in the bust area for me. And that’s perfectly OK because I’m hoping this dress will work for someone else.

The dress is made from a red and white striped cotton that is light and slightly springy. It’s machine sewn but the neck, sleeves, and hem I finished all by hand. The fabric really drapes and moves beautifully so I think this would be perfect for swing dancing! I believe it’s a cotton/rayon or cotton/nylon blend. It was a left over piece from my fabric stash so I’m not really sure.

The neckline has a great key-hole detail and closes with a hidden hook and eye. There is also a zipper on the left side. I did not add the bow at the neck as shown in the pattern but that can be added in a jiffy! I added a black bow belt for contrast in the pictures, which sadly are a little washed out. I soooo need a new camera! The fabric is really a nice bright red in person. This dress is listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. I also have a few more pictures on my blog.

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My name is Emily. I have always loved vintage and historic fashions. My main focus is the 18th century but I love the classy look of the 1920s, through the 1950s. I enjoy researching, collecting, and creating historic and vintage clothing just for fun. Any excuse to get dressed up is fine with me! My Blog - Emily's Vintage Visions http://vintagevisions27.blogspot.com/

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Vintager February 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I like this dress and I think the top of it looks neat!


Konstanze February 20, 2014 at 7:17 am

It’s lovely and I adore the keyhole detail! :)


Emilys Vintage Visions June 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

Thanks ladies! This dress sold very fast after I listed it. This pattern went together pretty easily, I’m thinking of making another one at some point.


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