Added Jun 27, 2012
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!
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