1940s | Dresses

Advance 4864 (1948)

July 12, 2013

I definitely had a “look” going this spring.

In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time.  I decided to make Advance 4864 (1948) because it had the same general shape, so most of my fitting work would already be done:

But since the second wedding was that of another cousin on the same side of the family, the fabric had to be really different.  This is cotton from Spring Creative Group, which appears to be the generic brand for Hancock’s:

I behaved myself and made the actual dress this time; the version on the right with the giant bow.

I wish I had some kind of funny and/or mildly traumatizing story to tell you about this pattern, but I don’t.  It’s a perfect lady: Everything fit together the way it was supposed to.  It didn’t even need much alteration.  I even added a small pocket in the right-side seam (there is a zipper in the left side) and it went in without any hiccups.  My only trivial issue was the one I always have, which is that I swear tie ends are never long enough to look the way they do in the picture.   Even if the waist (or the neck, in this case) fits, the ties are never long enough to tie properly on me.   The Chicken Dress was terrible about this–the ties are just long enough to tie into a hard, back-bruising, little knot but not an attractive bow, even though the waist fits and doesn’t need them to hold its shape.  Am I the only one who has this issue?

Anyway, I don’t have great pictures of it.  Here I am cropped out from between my dad and one of my cousins.  Ignore the wine glass.

It’s also a ridiculously comfortable dress, which is great because it’s really a day dress and not a dressy-dress, so not only can I wear it on a normal day, I’d actually like to wear it on a normal day.

  1. I love that you called it a “daydress”. I was a child in the era when women normally wore a dress during the day, just going about their normal business. I remember it well. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your beautiful dress!

  2. I just love this dress! I have just recently resumed sewing, mostly for granddaughters and nieces, after a several year long hiatus. It feels so good to be sewing again! I have made made a few simple things for myself, simple shorts, skirts and a shell type of shirt which I drafted the pattern from a shirt I liked the fit of. These were all very simple, with no darts or even collars or zippers. Now that I am at least confident in my ability to sew in a straight line, I am going to have to broaden my horizons, and perhaps sew something with some kind of closure, and perhaps even the dreaded dart or some kind of collar. I know I can do it, I just have to dive in and give it a go!

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