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Airplanes, High Heels, and & A 1940s Pattern!

Added Jun 27, 2012

by EdelweissPat...

Portland, Oregon...






You might not recognize me if I’m not wearing a 1950s dress, but I did indeed break away from that era and sew something from the 1940s! Have many of you seen the new design that Simplicity released recently? It’s a knee-length dress with 3/4 length sleeves, a princess seamed front panel, and lots of gorgeous ruching and pleating in the waist and hips. Since I LOVE VINTAGE PATTERNS (!) I ordered the pattern right away, in hopes that I could sew the “inaugural” version of it for my blog. And I think I succeeded!

Within 24 hours of the pattern arriving at my house, I was at an antique flight musuem getting pictures taken of the new dress! This pattern has lots of details for requiring such a small amount of fabric, and is remarkably comfortable to wear.

It has the prettiest panel down the bodice front which could transfer beautifully over to a formal gown from the 40s as well.

The material itself was ideal for the project, and was a black silk charmeuse with red roses and golden brown leaves scattered across.

And the planes were fabulous! I love old airplanes almost as much as I love old dresses… well, no that’s not true, but at least I like them quite a bit! I tried to be authentic by only posing with aircraft that were built between 1939 and 1949.

So that’s just a few of the numerous pictures I have over on my vintage dress blog – and I’d love to hear what you think of the new pattern!

Happy sewing!


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Material Notes

Black satin silk charmeuse, faced with rose jacquard lining.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage


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    Jun 27, 2012, 02.44 PMby notdeadredhead

    You have just combined 2 of my favorite things on the planet! Sewing and aerospace! You completely rock my socks! :^D The dress is gorgeous, and I’m green with envy that you got to go to that museum! ;^D That’s the one with the Spruce Goose, correct? Anyway, great job, and congratulations! :^D

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      Jun 28, 2012, 06.32 PMby EdelweissPatterns

      Thank you! Yes, you’re totally right – Evergreen Aviation is the place that houses the Spruce Goose. I’ve been going to this museum since it first opened around a decade ago, and I would highly recommend a visit! As much as I love the air museums in Seattle and Washington, D.C., I think the Evergreen is my favorite. It’s not as large as some of the older ones, but has some terrific planes on exhibit.

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    Jun 27, 2012, 10.58 AMby freaky-philomeen

    The dress is breathtaking. I bet you entered plane No.25 immediately after the photo session.

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      Jun 28, 2012, 06.33 PMby EdelweissPatterns

      Thank you! Well actually I would have liked to, but I don’t think the musuem would have appreciated that very much – I might have gotten kicked out! : ) But that idea did cross my mind!

      Happy sewing,


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    Jun 27, 2012, 09.40 AMby Mary Athey

    Just stunning. the dress fabric and photos are wonderfull. you.ve done an amazing job.well done.its fab on you xx

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      Jun 28, 2012, 06.34 PMby EdelweissPatterns

      Thank you, Mary! It was such a fun project. I’d highly recommend doing a dress in one day while you’re still excited about it. : )

      Happy sewing!


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