1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Sew for Victory – Du Barry 5366

March 10, 2013


I just finished a dress for the Sew for Victory Challenge hosted by Lucky Lucille.  I picked the Du Barry 5366 from 1942.  I really wanted a simple shirtwaist dress made from cotton that would be not only functional for summer, but still dressy.

Excuse the snow of the back deck!

I used a quilting cotton (gasp!) for the dress, finishing all the seams with a turned and stitched seam.  It also has an invisible zipper on the side (not authentic vintage, but I do adore my invisible zippers!).  The front is stitched shut, so it’s not the typical button-down shirtwaist.  I also made a red belt using a vintage buckle and button card I found here.  Though I didn’t use the matching buttons on this dress, they will be used on a future 1940s dress.

Vintage Red Belt Buckle

Throw on my red shoes from ModCloth, and I’m ready for a night on the town (okay, maybe just a night at home!)  🙂  I also got to learn a new technique with this dress: piecing!  Turns out, the skirt back is too wide to fit on the fabric, so you have to cut off a bit of the corner, then sew that piece back onto the main skirt.  And the only indication of doing this comes from that pesky little cutting diagram!  This fabric is so patterned that you can’t even tell where I had to do that!  I’ve already worn it out once and have gotten compliments on it.  Now onto making another dress for Sew for Victory!

What post isn't complete without showing off your helper?
    1. Hehe, don’t mean to cause any worries with the gasp. 🙂 I love using quilting cottons, especially for dresses like this where I’m really going to get some hard use out of the dress and I want something that will be easier to care for than some of the fashion fabrics. 🙂

  1. My cat used to sit so close to the needle, making me constantly having to move him. He had a look of annoyance when I moved him. The dress is so lovely and looks great on you.

  2. I had a siamese cat who would sit nicely next to me and watch my every movement as I cut out the fabric. This helper, on the other hand, likes to attack the pattern, wrap herself up in the fabric, and try to eat the pins! A few times, she’s batted at the moving machine needle! 🙂

  3. Adorable!

    I use quilting cotton for everything. It’s cool, it’s washable, it’s easy to work with, it’s easy to get.

    OK, I wouldn’t use it for everything if I made suits or formal dresses or whatever, but for what I do sew, it works admirably.

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