1940s Valentine

by Starspangledheart on February 23, 2014 · 4 comments

in 1940s,Dresses

I know I’m a bit late posting this but I made a cute pink 40s dress for Valentine’s Day!

I made up Simplicity 3583, an early 40s shirtwaist dress pattern, in some great pink rayon.

I opted to pair this outfit with a blue knit bolero for a non-traditional color pairing.

I just adore this dress. The pleats are so flattering. One thing I dislike about early 40s patterns is that they usually have darted sleeve caps. This dress had pleats instead. They were much easier to make and look so much more flattering on me.

Do you like pink or is it best left for Valentine’s Day treats?

More construction details *coughwoescough* on the blog: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/hsf-3-pink.html

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Winding Ways February 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

Definitely you need to wear this dress for more than just Valentines Day. It all depends on how you accessorize it. The dark bolero, gloves and stockings take it out of the cutsie pink idiom. I do love the pleats and that lovely crisp collar. Well done!


Tam Francis February 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

Ooooo, that’s adorable! It looks wonderful on you. I’m working on a St. Patty’s Day dress. Got it cute out, but haven’t started sewing yet. You’ve inspired me! Way To Go!

~ Tam Francis ~


highheelhippie February 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I love it! Such a flattering fit. I think the fabric is fab and you can wear that color anytime. Nicely done.


Bex March 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I love this like crazy! The cut, colour and contrast are fab!


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