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 a bit too roomy in the bust area for me. And that’s perfectly OK because I’m hoping this dress will work for someone else.
The dress is made from a red and white striped cotton that is light and slightly springy. It’s machine sewn but the neck, sleeves, and hem I finished all by hand. The fabric really drapes and moves beautifully so I think this would be perfect for swing dancing! I believe it’s a cotton/rayon or cotton/nylon blend. It was a left over piece from my fabric stash so I’m not really sure.
The neckline has a great key-hole detail and closes with a hidden hook and eye. There is also a zipper on the left side. I did not add the bow at the neck as shown in the pattern but that can be added in a jiffy! I added a black bow belt for contrast in the pictures, which sadly are a little washed out. I soooo need a new camera! The fabric is really a nice bright red in person. This dress is listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. I also have a few more pictures on my blog.
It’s dark and grey here in London, so I fancied making something highly inappropriate and summery to cheer myself up. Here’s Vogue 8728 to the rescue:
I used a lovely poly-cotton from Minerva fabrics with a cute little nautical print:
The dress has a yoke on the front bodice, with a gathered bust section, making it pretty easy to fit. Because it’s the 40′s, there are little shoulder pads inserted under the cap sleeves. And the skirt is gathered, so it’s nice and swishy when you walk:
And to finish it, I made a simple belt with a bow that sits on the waist:
All of this was courtesy of the Minerva Bloggers Network, which everyone should go and check out – there’s some great stuff on there made by some talented people, and the best bit is the fact that you can buy a kit of each project!
You can also check out my blog for more details: nicoleneedles.blogspot.co.uk
See you soon!
Hello! I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now! I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try. After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a lovely peach and white flowered fabric that draped beautifully, and some pretty pearl buttons.
The pattern was fairly easy, and I was able to finish it in two nights. My fabric turned out to be a little see-through, so I’ll have to wear a camisole under it. It’s also a little loose, which I attribute to both the fit of ’40s blouses, and probably my choice in sizes to make!
The back picture really doesn’t do the shirt justice. The fabric drapes beautifully, but wrinkles terribly.
Overall, I’m fairly happy with the outcome of my blouse. It fits a lot looser than the blouses I typically wear, but I can get used to that. I’m not sure what I’ll wear with it…pants or a pencil skirt? I guess it’s time to start looking for a new pattern!
So as I love sewing wartime items, I made these and I am finishing one more now. My nan used to wear these all the time and so do I now when I am cleaning or for my reenactment’s. They are from an original 40′s pattern and made in all cotton, look so great with my turban’s. Now I am going to make myself a 50′s summer dress. Pic’s when I am done.