Vintage Sewing

A pattern from 1939…..

September 12, 2008

You know when a dress darn near breaks you? This was one of those.

I am not sure if it was the crepe fabric or the fact that I’d never done topstiching (or taken the time to trace a pattern and do a muslin beforehand) but it was definitely the most effort I have put into a project in a long while—and I can’t look at it without seeing what I did wrong here and there and shaking my head. Oh well!
Perfection is overrated anway!
AND it is officially stitched together….it ain’t comin’ apart now.
All it needs is hemming and a belt!
It’s Simplicity 3264

  1. So very, very stunning! Great job, though I totally understand about only seeing the flaws. If you can, put it in your magic wardrobe for a bit. It’s amazing what a week or so will do to “fix” those flaws!

  2. I like that! It looks so neat and stylish.

    By the way, I emailed about joining Sew Retro last week, and haven’t received an answer yet. I’m wondering if my email went through…?

  3. love. it.
    is the yoke one where your fold and press under the seam allowance and then lay it on top of the front bodice and top stitch it down? Those are a challenge but so worth the effort! It looks lovely!

  4. Wow! this dress is amazing – I thought it was something that you’d found in a vintage shop!

    I know what you mean about only being able to see the flaws, but as someone else said, put it away for a few days whilst you work on something else. When you get it out and put it on again you’ll suddenly see all the good and flattering things instead!

    It really is a beautiful 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for the kind words! I can’t wait to wear it on vacation! Now I am searching for the perfect belt buckle…. 🙂

  6. *Gorgeous* dress. I see no flaws… only an enviable and very ladylike dress. Also, thanks to other commenters for the “magic wardrobe” trick… I just finished a 1959 dress and can only see the screw-ups, so I’ll give that a try!

  7. My last project that really stretched was a coat. Thick wool, small check, interlined with polar fleece. Everybody was most impressed. My mother asked me to parade it in front of one of her friends. I could see that she could see how the checks didn’t match and other mistakes.

    Did I mind? I needed that coat and I knew I’d have gone mad, had I attempted to match the checks and my bound buttonholes have always been wonky. Now that friend of my mothers’ knows all about old school sewing, she is one in a 100, if not one in 10.000 people.

    And with your dress? If there are any mistakes they are invisble. Put it away for a few days if you must, but I’d suggest wearing it and bathing in everyone’s admiration.

  8. A stunning dress! One must strive for perfection, but one will never achieve it-at least that is what I think. But your photo of the dress makes it look perfect! I see no flaws whatsoever. Really gorgous dress.

  9. You guys rock. I did put it in the closet for a couple days and when I pulled it out this morning I was soooooo excited and happy with it. I even found a sweet *matching* art-deco green bakelite buckle from the 30s/40s at an antique shop today, so now I can make the belt! I figure it needs one matching belt buckle and another blingy one so I can dress it up or down. Yippie!!

  10. The construction and detailing are fantastic. I aspire to be able to do this kind of sewing some day but I fear it is beyond me. Beautiful dress and lovely colour.

  11. Trust me….if I can do it, you can do it. I am *the most* undetailed-oriented person on the planet. It is hard for me to focus. You just gotta take your time, take lots of breaks, and make a few mistakes here and there. But thank you for your kind words! 🙂

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