40s drape dress
Added Dec 6, 2010
I’ll give you one guess where I found the fabric for this dress ;) It’s quite a lovely burnt orange colour, a very lightweight cotton (blend?) with an embroidered paisley-esque design. Lovely lovely lovely!
The fabric was the perfect weight for a draped dress I have been dying to make since I found the pattern. It’s a lovely classic 1940’s style, with lots of delicious features – the demure sweetheart neckline, soft neckline pleats, short shirt sleeves, and of course, the very dramatic draped skirt. I gently emphasized the neckline with a single vintage button.
This was a time consuming project, but one that I put a lot of love into. Loads of careful pressing was required, especially around the bodice. The fabric is very prone to wrinkles and creases, so this dress is fairly high maintenance in terms of everyday wear.
I love how well the orange goes with light blue and turquoise so I always find myself gravitating to these colours to accessorise this piece. One thing I haven’t gotten round to making yet is a duck egg blue satin cummerbund. I think it was go perfectly!
embroidered cotton, vintage button