Vintage Sewing

Airplanes & High Heels

June 24, 2012

Hello Ladies!

Isn't this a perfectly gorgeous pattern?


You might not recognize me if I’m not wearing a 1950s dress, but I did indeed break away from that era and sew something from the 1940s!  Have many of you seen the new design that Simplicity released recently?  It’s a knee-length dress with 3/4 length sleeves, a princess seamed front panel, and lots of gorgeous ruching and pleating in the waist and hips.   Since I LOVE VINTAGE PATTERNS (!) I ordered the pattern right away, in hopes that I could sew the “inaugural” version of it for my blog.  And I think I succeeded!  (I’ll admit that option A is a bit dowdy with that tight neckline, but option B is quite flattering.)

Wish I had lived back in the "good old days"!

Within 24 hours of the pattern arriving at my house, I was at an antique flight musuem getting pictures taken of the new dress!  This pattern has lots of details for requiring such a small amount of fabric, and is remarkably comfortable to wear.

A classic WWII sort of setting!

It has the prettiest panel down the bodice front which could transfer beautifully over to a formal gown from the 40s as well.   I’m almost thinking you could chop off the entire bodice pattern at the waist, pair it with a long, 40s evening skirt pattern, and maybe add some flutter sleeves for a really lovely wedding dress.  The dress comes together so fast, and is finished with a neckline facing so you don’t have to line the whole thing.

The material itself was ideal for the project, and was a black silk charmeuse with red roses and golden brown leaves scattered across.  I know that black is not a color I’m supposed to wear since I have warm coloring, but I made an exception for this project. : )

And the planes were fabulous!  I love old airplanes almost as much as I love old dresses… well, no that’s not true, but at least I like them quite a bit!  I tried to be authentic by only posing with aircraft that were built between 1939 and 1949.

Last but not least, I was very excited to find a vintage hairdo that I can pull off.  My hair curls very easily, but uncurls easier still!  So I’ve finally discovered that if I do pin curls and leave the bobby pins in place, the hair can’t uncurl even if it wants to!

So that’s just a few of the numerous pictures I have over on my vintage dress blog, and I’d love to hear what you think of the new pattern!

Happy sewing!



  1. The dress looks lovely. Its great you had fabric that matched the pattern picture.

    You’ll have to keep an eye out for a passing airman so you can borrow his silk parachute to make another dress. 😉

      1. You’d have to be careful hubby didn’t go to jump out a plane and find a dress shaped hole in the parachute. 😉
        what I love about 40’s fashion is the thriftyness. Make do and mend, and being frugal with fabric. I’d love to get my hands on a modern repro of the (CC41) utility clothing patterns.

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