1930s | 1940s | Dresses

1939 Vintage Simplicity Dress

By on August 6, 2014

vintage 1939 dress front

There’s something so magical about creating a dress from an original vintage pattern. Especially when it is 75 years old! This is Vintage Simplicity dress pattern number 3302. And when I came to open the envelope the pieces were not only all present but in pristine condition too!.

vintage simplicity sewing pattern 3302

I just fell in love with the sweetheart neckline and the elegant shape of the skirt. I don’t quite shape up to the lovely svelte ladies on the packet but then I guess they had slightly less food on the table in those days!

side view of dress

The sleeves are ¬†quite something. They are gathered and stiffened with silk organza and have an inverted pleat at the hemline. Pressing the seam onto the sleeve is very important. You wouldn’t believe how high they stick up on the shoulder otherwise!

detail of sleeve pleat

I have a feeling the fabric might be vintage too. I scored it at my local charity shop for a fiver! It’s quite soft and far more drapey than I would expect cotton to behave. And it was only 35 inches wide. Possibly rayon?

sleeve detail

More detail and pics over at ooobop!

 

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Fabric, in search of a pattern

By on April 14, 2012

I have the most gorgeous fabric and I have a plan…all I need is a pattern.

Here is my fabric.

 

And here is my ideal design….
design for bodice and jacket

 

Looking for a vintage/retro inspired sweetheart neck bodice and a little matching bolero jacket.

Can anyone help me in locating a pattern? I can find dresses with that neck but no separate bodice. I’m going to make a circle skirt in complimentary colour (blue or pink) to go with it…or some crop jeans.

My last attempt at drafting a pattern ended in disaster…so I really need a pattern to follow.

Hope you can help!

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