Added Mar 17, 2013
Disclosure: The fabric for this dress was received in exchange for my contributions as a Britex Guest Blogger.
Simplicity 1777: Misses’ Dress with two neckline variations and two sleeve lengths.
I would not recommend this pattern for a true beginner. Some steps are not very carefully explained and might frustrate someone unfamiliar with dress construction.
There are quite a few pleats to contend with, but the results really are wonderful, and so worth it – the classic 1940s silhouette is really special!
A word of warning – major alterations to the bodice pieces are going to require some major frustrations. All of the pleats and set in yoke are beautiful design details, but they are not going to make it easy to alter anything!
I added padded sleeve heads to my dress. The only reason I did not use a standard sized shoulder pad was because of the lightweight nature of the cotton voile.
Also because of my chosen fabric (it is rather busy), I decided to add piping along the yoke. I think this helps bring out the design element.
And to use my turquoise cotton more, I bound the neck and wrist edges instead of a facing and hem. If you choose to bind the neck, make sure to remove the seam allowance, or the neck will be a bit tight!
I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone who loves the 1940s! And as always, more pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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