1940s | Dresses

1940s Spotty Marian Martin Dress

May 16, 2014

Handmade Vintage Dress
This dress was the first item of clothing I made, with the exception of the few things I made during Textiles class at school (I remember an awful fleece hat in particular…). I didn’t make things easy for myself by starting with an original 1940s Marian Martin sewing pattern (9049)!
Sewing Pattern Marian Martin 1940s (9049)
I made this dress while I was still at University studying for my undergraduate degree (BA English as it happens) approximately eight years ago, but pretty much never wore it as the original length (ankle length) didn’t really suit me. When I rediscovered the dress in the attic last year I lopped a big chunk off the skirt to get to the current length. Much more my style:)
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
This week (spurred on by me made May) I finally got around to tidying up the hem and redoing the buttonholes (which were frankly awful, tut tut Charlotte of 8 years ago). Now I can finally get some wear out of my new-old dress!
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
I love the pleated front and the awesome roomy pockets. The dress is worn below with my Brigitte Scarf from Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch.
I’d love to see you over on my blog English Girl at Home.
Handmade Vintage Dress

  1. I love it! The pleats across the chest add a nice bit of visual interest and the dots are cute. 🙂 I would have shortened it as you did too I think.

  2. I have sometimes struggled between making something authentic and making it actually functional. As a shorter lady, I know those awkward length skirts can be unflattering. Well done you for rescuing a lovely frock and giving it a second chance. Do you find the pockets useful on this design?

    1. Thank you. I have to admit I don’t really use the pockets – as they are buttoned up they’re less functional. They do add some visual interest though:)

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