Added Sep 2, 2013
I made this dress about a year and a half ago, at the height of my obsession with 30’s and 40’s fashion. I thought it pairs quite well with the recent and cape and stockings projects so here it is!
For this lovely dress I used a pattern from around 1939. I kept all the features of the original pattern, and just adjusted the length of the hem for a more modern look. The bust is tastefully gathered without the excess of fabric that other styles from this era sometimes have. And I love the ties that hug the waist, with a cute bow at the back. The collar is quite simple, and I like to wear it with a 1950’s clip-on ascot.
The fabric was an op shop find, as usual, with a sweet yellow and lilac floral print. It feels like an odd cottony polyester fabric, which was quite lovely to work with. It didn’t wiggle around during sewing and was very amenable to pressing.
Overall, this was a straight-forward project. I decided to make it even more straight forward when it came to sewing the hem – partly out of laziness and partly out of wishing to play around with my twin needles – by just folding the hem over once and sewing using the twin needles. This really only worked because the skirt was cut on the bias :)
polyester floral fabric
Stock up on our favorite BurdaStyle patterns sewn in white!
Learn How to Sew Knits Successfully With a Sewing Machine
Join Meg Healy in this 6 Week Course, we have just re-opened enrollment for a limited time!
Meg's Magazine Mash Up 2014
Take a look at Meg's 2014 Mash Ups, and get the special pattern bundle that includes them all
Live in Fort Collins, Colorado and love sewing? Find out more about this great opportunity!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.