Sew for Victory Dress

by Anthea on April 17, 2014 · 19 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Yay! I finished my Sew For Victory dress! The pattern I used is Hollywood 1335. My aim was to make a perfect spring/summer dress. I think the fabric just breathes those seasons with the bright colors and floral print. 



What I love about this pattern are the ruffles and the pleated skirt. Actually the pleats hold little pockets, which is such a smart design feature!

Sewing this dress went pretty ok. I had a few difficulties during the process. The sleeve cap had too much ease. I tried different methods to get the sleeves in smoothly, but with no good results. So I gathered the sleeve cap to create a little puffed sleeve. 

I also had some problems with the buttonholes. Well one buttonhole, to be more precise. I had to redo this particular button hole 4 times before I got the result I wanted. How frustrating.

And I couldn’t use my serger because it has some difficulties. Instead I choose to use seam binding. This seam binding was a gift from a friend! Look how beautiful the inside looks! This is really the best way of finishing edges! I really want to use seam binding more often in future projects. We don’t have this in the Netherlands as far is I know, so I really need to find a good online shops with reasonable (shipping) prices. Any suggestions are very welcome :)

The best thing about this dress is my boyfriends opinion. Normally he doesn’t really like my floral dresses. But this one he does like. He said he thinks the dress and colors really suits me. How cute!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily April 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

Beautiful dress! I love it and it’s perfect for Spring!


jax black April 17, 2014 at 9:19 am
Little Black Car April 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

You can also make your own if worse comes to worst–it’s narrow bias binding. Kind of a pain but if purchasing it is expensive or troublesome, it’s a good use of scrap.

I love that dress!


Sarah April 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

beautiful work!


barbarajanemade April 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Lovely dress and the seam binding is beautifully done.


Lolita Haze April 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Beautiful dress! No wonder your beau loved the dress, you look wonderful!


Snowma April 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Great job! So well finished inside.


TheBrownBombshell April 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

The inside of this dress is wonderful.


Jeanne April 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

lovely dress and you look gorgeous in it!


Bella April 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Anthea, this is an amazing dress, I love the lining almost as much as the outside. You look totally like an Andrews Sister! (

thanks for sharing!!


Marie April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!


Jet Set Sewing April 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Very pretty, and you look very authentic 40s. Love the fabric choice.


Lauriana April 18, 2014 at 1:31 am

Beautiful dress!

About the seam binding: I live in the Netherlands myself and I use store bought bias tape (cotton or satin) for a finish like this. That can be bought in any haberdashery store and once you get a little bit of practice, it’s easy to work with.
Although, to be honest, I’d like to find some of the special seam binding I’ve read about on blogs, just to see what the fuss is about.


anthea April 18, 2014 at 3:39 am

Thanks for your comments!

@ lauriana. I tried bias tape, but i don,t like it for finishing seams. Compared to seam binding, the fabric is much thicker and creates bulkier seams.


Bella April 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

Me again! Anyone with any hints or websites about using Hug Snug? I had never heard of it until I saw Anthea’s post. I’m at Thanks!


Catherine Alekna April 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

lovely fabric! i love the colours! i also did some bound seams on a wool tunic i made, its such a nice finish!
The pattern is so lovely too, you look wonderful!


Annie April 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

Fabulous dress. As for the seam binding, there is a great course on Craftsy about finishing seams. The first section tells you how to make your own seam binding. It is a really good tutorial. No affiliation w/ Craftsy. Just a happy customer.


HeatherLeeBea April 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I love your 40s makes! I really want to make myself some shirt dresses and this one’s even more incentive to get on that! I’ve had similar buttonhole woes – there’s always one that won’t co-operate….


Vondi Rifici April 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

Very pretty!


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