1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

First Dress Ever!

January 30, 2012

Hello friends!

Eva Dress 1939 Evening Frock

I’m super excited to show off my very first dress! It was this fantastic pattern from  Eva Dress. Its for me to wear at my brother’s wedding in April. And I’m super excited that it turned out! I always read lovely posts on here and I’m happy that I can finally contribute something!

The pattern was fairly easy to understand but I’m sure glad I made a muslin first. There was some techniques I wasn’t familiar with but thanks to youtube I got it all under control.

I made it from this great polyester satin that was pretty easy to work with. I modified the sleeves and turned them into scalloped tulip sleeves which made the dress way easier to move around in.  And luckily because the shape of the sleeves were originally going to be scalloped it made the translation to tulip sleeves really easy! This dress has lots of lovely gathering in the top half and I got really good at it.

I love this dress! Its comfortable so it’s going to be easy to dance up a storm, and I feel super glamorous in it. The sizing was accurate and its a very flattering shape. I was worried I’d have to figure out alterations to make it fit me, but I didn’t have to do anything. When I made the muslin I decided I wanted to make the top a tad longer so that the waist ended up in the right spot. I ended up adding an inch to the bottom of the front top piece which made getting the gathers right way easier.  There is an invisible side zipper which didn’t turn out perfectly but hey, it was my very first zipper.  All in all I’m pretty pleased with the result…what do you think?








I also decided that I wanted to make myself a cute matching purse, so I made up this little drawstring one and I used a black satin to contrast it and tie in some accessories.  Now I have a place for my camera and lipstick and compact!

I can’t wait until the weather gets better here in Vancouver (BC) and I can make this dress for summer in a nice printed cotton or rayon.

Thanks for reading about my vintage sewing adventure! I hope you enjoyed my shiny little post, I had so much fun making it and look forward to more!

XOX Heather


  1. That is a really beautiful pattern- I’ve been hunting for one this style for ages (hard work finding the larger sizes from this period though). It’s made up really nicely, well done! 🙂

  2. I have been eyeing this pattern for some time. I wanted to see what it looked like on someone though. Well, It looks LOVELY on you and you did a wonderful job! I just might have to buy that pattern. 🙂

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