1940s | Vintage Sewing

Decades of Style 1944 House Dress

By on June 20, 2013

Sew Retro Readers,
It took me weeks at home recovering from surgery to finally complete my Decades of Style 1944 House Dress. I bought the fabric online from Gorgeous Fabrics last year . (Note to self: I am going to start attaching tags to my fabric with date and source). The colors of this dress were inspired by a Rose Bowl game here in Pasadena – actually the BCS Championship in
Pasadena (Univ. of Alabama v. Univ. of Texas). I thought I am going to make a dress to wear with my brother to the next Alabama championship – it’s only taken me over three years. The dress above, is with no flash, and below, with flash.

I also wanted to make this pattern for quite some time as well.  I made a toile, first, and made the adjustments.  Then I underlined all the pieces and serged the edges.  I changed my serger thread to maxi-lock – and guess what?  Perfect serging!  Just as I was about to purchase a Babylock evolution.  Blast!

My final thought is that this pattern is drafted ridiculously well.  I made only minor changes overall.  Apparently, it has been redrafted from the original pattern in today’s sizes by Decades of Styles – which I love.  It took me a week to make this dress after the toile.   This dress I really focused on construction techniques – and I still wasn’t 100 percent happy with the execution.  Yes, I would definitely make this again, most likely with vintage-insprired fabric.

More details cross-posted at my blog, Pammie & the Ps.

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