1940s | Dresses

mccall 7286: classic 40s bias dress

December 19, 2011

Pattern Description:
Dress with cap sleeves and shoulder pads. Sewn or purchased belt. View A with collar and v-neckline. View B with bow closure.

Pattern Sizing:
sz 12/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
when i got this pattern, i was ready to try for one of the iconic (to me) bias-cut chevron bodices, so the timing was right. also, i love the flare of the bias-cut skirt. there’s nothing else that flows like it.

Fabric Used:
liberty of london tana lawn “purple chris” from purl soho, NYC
mystery fabric “microfiber suiting” in navy from paron annex, NYC

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
this is not my exact pattern. my exact pattern had cuffs on the cap sleeve for more drama (which i decided i didn’t like) and a higher neckline (which i didn’t have enough fabric to accommodate). also, i shortened the skirt because i’m more comfortable with the shorter length. my version also has wasitline pleats instead of gathers, which i think are a fun change.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
although this project spent more than 6 months in “area 51” until i got all the bits and pieces taken care of, the pattern is great and this design is a great way to play with 40s fashion.

great pattern, fun (not perfect) dress. it’s a good day.

also, full story of the 6+ months this simple beauty spent UFO:  puu’s door of time

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