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Simplicity 4102 (1942): the Shy Sister of the Chicken Dress

July 10, 2015

I made the sweetheart version of this a number of years ago out of green Aunt Grace fabric with chickens on it.  This time, I made the button-front version out of a dark gray (with maroon and pink) Concord VIP mini print that somebody gave me.  I realized this should be a quick project since I’d already done all the fitting.

My only two issues with this pattern are:

1) The inset belt appears to have been drafted without wearing ease.  That is, the size 16 (waist 28 inches) allows for an actual 28-inch finished inset belt, not a 29-inch one.  It fits, but an inch of ease would be more comfortable.  Measure yours before you cut.

2) The waist ties are too short.  Fabric rationing be darned, cut yours about eight inches longer so you can tie them into a real bow and not just an knot in your lower back.

I only have a picture of the empty dress right now, but here is a link to the Flickr set.

Simplicity 1942 4102 finished

Also, this has a daughter pattern in Simplicity 4103, which I don’t have (and I don’t have kids, anyway).

  1. The print looks great in the flckr pix! I think the waistband was generally supposed to be super-firm, up to about the 70s. I made up an otherwise beautifully comfortable 40s summer dress, only to find the waistband drives me mad in midsummer.
    I also have a pattern for 1950s underpants (nonstretch) and the waistband is actually smaller than the measurements on the envelope.

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