Vintage Sewing

1940 Sundress

June 30, 2016

This is a great dress, nice to wear, but it was hard to get it to the point where I liked it.  The dress was easy to make but there were a lot of little things to adjust, especially the bust gathers.  Eventually, I ended up top-stitching the gathers down so that it is like mock-shirring.  A Vintage Vogue reprint from 1940 (#8812) was the pattern used and some blue/tan/white plaid poly from my stash was the fabric.  To see and read more, please visit my blog page here.100_2875-comp

  1. Very good job! I made the same dress & had the same problem, who needs bust poofiness at the side & back? Mine is a thin polyester, similar to voile. I also stitched it down, I made tacks by hand so they weren’t visible, but I really like your solution. Also the crossed straps in the back. For a seemingly simple dress, this one gave me plenty of frustration, but I also like the outcome.

    1. Thank you, Emily, and yes…you are so right! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who dealt with the pattern’s ‘faults’. At least the outcome it good, right?!

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