1940s

Red Birds Dress

July 2, 2014

Another post! Here is a look at the dress I created to wear to the Mid Atlantic Air Museum‘s  enormous air show and WWII reenactment in June. This is an annual event at the museum and one you should not miss!

My 1940s "Red Birds Dress" using McCall 5724. Photo in front of the war bird B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber "Briefing Time"

I call this my “Red Birds Dress.” It was another “limited fabric so cut carefully” projects. Like my recent birthday dress, this fabric came from my mom’s sewing stash. Although it’s cotton she decided it wasn’t suitable for quilting. This fabric had been waiting quietly in the vintage/modern stash for just the right pattern to come along. Because it was just shy of 3 yards and only 32 inches wide, I knew I would be somewhat limited as to what I could do with it. The pattern I used was McCall 5724. I made view B. The dress has pockets!

McCall 5724. It has pockets!
The back of the bodice is fitted with small darts. The front is fitted with small darts and shearing at the shoulders. Four rows of gathering stitches were made then each drawn up to fit between the corresponding marks on the pattern. The edges of the bodice front pieces are lapped and the top stitched in place.
Vintage "Glamour Girl" buttons pinned in place. Also a good look at the lapped seam and shoulder shearing.

The buttons, buckle, and fabric for this dress are all vintage and come from the stash. As usual, there are more pictures of this project on my blog.

My 1940s "Red Birds Dress" using McCall 5724. Photo in front of the war bird B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber "Briefing Time"

    1. Hi Heapha, The fabric came from my mom’s sewing stash. She is a quilter and often receives fabric from friends and the quilting group she is a part of. I don’t know the exact age of the fabric but I know it’s “older” because of the narrow width.
      -Emily

  1. ooh divine darling … I am a newbie to sewing … is the pattern easy to follow or should I wait until I am a little better with sewing techniques?

    Love the fabric, wish I had a stash …. Now I am learning am sure my stash will grown

    1. Hi Sharan!
      Once you start sewing your fabric stash will grow overnight! LOL!
      I felt this pattern went together pretty easily but I’ve been sewing for a white. The bodice front pieces are lapped so just make sure you press your seam allowance really well before sewing. Also, if you have never used the shearing/gathering technique I would recommend practicing on some scrap fabric first. It’s not difficult but sometimes the gathers don’t want to play nice. 🙂 If you make up this pattern I would love to see it!
      Feel free to email me with any additional questions.
      vintagevisions27@gmail.com
      -Emily

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