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1940s dress - mccall 7904

Added Sep 6, 2010

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






both pattern and fabric are vintage, the pattern from 1948/49, the fabric i’m not certain but think is 1950s. at first look the fabric is just grey wool, but when you look closer it is actually rainbow within the grey. i was very happy that the colour showed up well in the photos, because it really is quite amazing.
excuse the bad hem – it will be redone! i originally made this dress last year, but the hem didn’t sit right. i unpicked it months ago, and hadn’t gotten around to redoing it. this weekend i had a friend’s wedding to go to, and had spent all my time working on a bolero to wear (putting that project up next) and not really thought about what to wear with it. saturday was a bit chilly, and at 11:30am (for a wedding starting at 2pm) i remembered this dress, so quickly did the hem so i could wear the dress.
the original pattern can be seen here: mccall 7904 i did the left-hand version, but the sleeves are folded rather than gathered, as folding wouldn’t work properly with the wool, and i shortened the length considerably (40s patterns do seem to love a mid-calf finish).
it was fairly uncomplicated to make, getting the folding even required patience, and obviously the hem must be redone – i added a cotton lining because wool would be too itchy by itself – but other than those two issues, a great pattern.

Material Notes

vintage wool, cotton




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Wool

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    Sep 6, 2010, 07.11 PMby carolinam

    i like the pleated sleeves. When i looked at the pictures, i liked the dress, then i saw the hem.. and then i read you’re story about the hem. It is a lovely dress and i like your version of it.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 01.07 PMby bussey

    Great style! And pleated sleeves are an idea, rich but not too puffy!!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 12.24 PMby ndimi

    The rainbow effect is lovely! So glad it showed up. Agree with Skeeler, sleeves are fabulous!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 12.16 PMby skeeler

    Love the pleated sleeves! And the whole dress, actually…

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