1940s dress

Many thanks to everyone who gave advice for finishing this dress.   I took off all the ruffles, took it in at the waist, shortened the sleeves, and hemmed it to hit right at the knee.  I would have liked a navy belt to go with it, but I don’t have a navy belt buckle [...]

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Hi All! I’ve finished another sewing project! This one is a mid 1940s day dress. I knew the pattern would be a touch large for me, but I went ahead and made it up anyway without making any alterations. And guess what? Yup, it was a little too big! Well, actually it’s quiet wearable but [...]

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So I made my second 40′s dress. I am beginning to really understand the old patterns and sometimes think they are actually easier then the modern ones and am getting better each time. I really love this one with all of the buttons and neck line. Although the pictures do not show this so well, [...]

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Hello fellow vintage sewists! This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself. This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281.  The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis.  I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric.  After prewashing [...]

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Hello and today I am showing my first dress I have ever made in this style. This was a challenge for me, I learnt a lot about dress making and many some new contacts.  I chose this shirt style dress unbeknown to me a collar is not that easy especially for a beginner but here [...]

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My contribution to Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory Sewalong:   More details on my blog http://busylizzieinbrizzy.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/sew-for-victory-dress-completed.html

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I’ve just finished my first sewing challenge — Lucky Lucille’s “Sew for Victory” challenge! Lucky me, I already had the pattern (Vintage Vogue 8811) and the fabric and the intention of making this dress for myself anyway.  I previously made this dress for a client and thought it would be cute to make for ME [...]

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I was very excited to make this dress. Its ironic that the 1940s is one of my favorite eras and I haven’t successfully made an authentic forties dress before this one. I used vintage vouge 2787. I love the S-shape on the front! That was what originally drew me to this pattern. The pattern was straightforward and [...]

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