1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s Summer Frock

By on March 25, 2015

Summer 1940s Dress 2


It’s great to be back on We Sew Retro again! I haven’t posted on here in months.

I have fallen deeply in love with 1940s styles, and have been sewing up bunches of them! I made this dress last week, and I just love it. The fabric is lightweight and just perfect for summer!! I used Butterick 5846 (a modern pattern that’s renowned for its vintage flair), and replaced the flared skirt with a gathered style.


Summer 1940s Dress 10


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1940s | Vintage Sewing

1940s inspired dress

By on April 8, 2014
1940s inspired vintage dress

I sewed this dress as a muslin for the Hollywood Sewalong challenge. This seasons movie theme is The Notebook.

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook | SewsNBows
Butterick 5846

I love the pleats and shirtdress style! It’s actually my first successful women’s clothing garment in a decade. I mostly sew for kids. So I’m proud of it even though there’s plenty of room for improvement.

1940s inspired vintage dress with pleated bodice

I have a few things I need to work on for my final dress, like making my slip stitched collar look nice. The bodice back is very roomy, and it bunches out. I need to figure out a way to eliminate some of the bulk. I know it’s a popular style right now, but it’s not for me! (Photos on the blog, linked below.)

Butterick 5846 by SewsNBows

I’d love any tips you might have for me! Also, I thought the We Sew Retro readers may like to stop by and see all the other 1940’s inspiration! Our final reveal is in May. Read about it here: SewsNBows Hollywood Sewalong : Part II.

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