smooth sailing

I’m still plowing on with my attempt to have a completely wearable 1940s wardrobe – either by buying or making the outfits I want need.

And the latest gap to be filled – a 1940′s jumper dress!

1940s jumper dress pattern

The pattern is Mail Order 2082, and I (hesitantly) used the sweetheart neckline version, with heart patch pockets.

mail order 2082 sewing pattern 1940s jumper dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was a bit unsure about the almost ‘twee’ detailing – I like feminine clothes but this is really femme! Heart pockets?

I think using navy gaberdine, a tough tailored fabric with this girlish pattern was a good match and the style is balanced in the middle.

Surprisingly, the pattern fitted really well with minimal adjustments. Normally I’ll have to fiddle with the armhole depth, waist height, dart placement – but not this time. Minimal amount of mods, listed on my blog.

bakelite 1940s

Sorry for the cat hair! I had to wrestle with my kitty before this photo...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blouse is Smooth Sailing from Wearing History (my favourite shirt pattern), made from deco-print quilters cotton with vintage celluloid buttons.

One more photo because I’m so happy with how this has turned out!

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My overall opinion – amazing! This is the blouse pattern from Smooth Sailing #1002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The blouse fits well (even for a bigger girl) and works for anything from a mid thirties to early forties style. It goes with every high waisted skirt and pants in my wardrobe. Plus it only takes 2 meters!

I had to deepen the arm hole, and widen the sleeve due to not having vintage-sized arms, but they were the only major modifications to the pattern I used. I added ric-rac trim, because who doesnt love ric-rac? They did love their embellishments during the forties.

Did I mention I love this pattern?

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