1940s | 1950s | Dresses

Giant Gingham!

By on July 10, 2013

I just adore gingham for summer and what’s better than giant gingham! 😀

This dress is actually a refashion from a dress I made a few years ago.

This is the famous Walk Away dress, which actually fit me rather well considering all of the fit issues most people seem to have with it. (Butterick 4790) But I lost some weight and could never figure out how to make it fit again. So instead of leaving it languishing in my closet any longer, I remade it with this pattern:

Simplicity 2357 c. 1949. This was a great option for the refashion because both dresses had circle skirts and the wrap dress meant extra fabric to play around with. Also, note the blue gingham on the pattern cover. I’m highly susceptible to color/print suggestions on pattern covers…..

It’s so nice to have reclaimed this dress! And just in time for the Fourth of July too! 😀 More photos and construction details here.

 

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Non-traditional Nautical

By on May 24, 2013

I just love nautical things! I love it even more when it’s in a non-traditional color scheme.

Tada! I love wearing coral! So fun!

I used Simplicity 2801 c. 1949 with a combo of the cuff from view 1 and the pockets from view 2. (Because what dress can’t be improved with pockets?)

Initially, I had planned on a solid dress with no trim but it was just too much coral. So out came the nautical braid and a nice white belt to break up the dress a bit.


It was a lot of work getting the trim to be straight and even but it was so worth it! More photos here.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

One last wintery frock

By on April 11, 2013

Life in the midwest comes with some crazy weather. It teases us with spring and then brings us soundly back to winter. This year, instead of staring longingly at my spring dresses, I whipped up one last winter dress at the end of the season.

This is Simplicity 2851 made from red corduroy with a black wool crepe collar. It’s a great late 40s shape from 1949. A transition dress for the transitional weather!

It went together very smoothly. Since the kimono sleeves let me off easy, I did bound button holes for the three buttons holes.

I wore this Sunday when the high was in the low 60s (and much chillier in the morning) and wouldn’t you know we were up to 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday! Summer dresses, here I come!

More photos and construction details over on the blog.

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1940s | Dresses

1949 was a Fashionable Year

By on February 18, 2012

Here is my latest vintage reproduction dress – this time the pattern came from The Vintage Pattern Lending Library.

I have been saving my red satin rayon specifically for this pattern, and I think they make a lovely pair.

The sleeves and the yoked skirt are my favorite parts of the dress.  This pattern is fabulous!

More pictures and construction information may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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