1940s | Vintage Sewing

A Dress for Fireside Chats…

December 14, 2012

Hello, Folks!

Usually December is the busiest month of the year for lots of reasons.  For me, it can often also be my busiest month of sewing!  It’s not that I put stuff off until the last minute, it’s just that I often come up with all these exciting projects which simply cannot wait until next Christmas!

So between sewing lots of dresses, (or at least having them all photographed), I’ve been spending nearly every spare minute in photo editing, blogging, or just plain sewing! 🙂  This latest dress that I made is a dark green polyester faille which reminds me very much of something inspired by military wear.  I know that in the 40s women’s fashions were often inspired by men’s military uniforms, so I think it’s fitting that this dress is made of an olive green fabric and has a simple gold button at the neckline.

It is made from this pattern which was made famous by Casey’s sew-along, and while I didn’t actually “sew along” with her instructions I did enjoy seeing all her lovely versions of it!  For my rendition of the dress I used incredibly stiff interfacing for the bodice mid-section panel, and I did shorten the upper bodice so it didn’t “sag” like some versions I’ve seen.

I think airplanes make one of the neatest backgrounds for vintage dress pictures, and you can read more about this project and photo shoot on my blog.  By the way, I have lots more dresses waiting in the wings to be shared between now and Christmas, so you might want to follow the “Christmas dress parade” on my blog since I have some exciting Victorian projects coming up. 🙂

Happy sewing!

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns

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