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I made this 1943 WWII Cocktail Dress from the EvaDress D40-3863 pattern, for the Eva Dress 1940’s Pattern Challenge Spring 2016 Contest! It’s the second vintage 1940’s dress I have made for myself and I am in love with the way it fits.
I had so much fun glamming up retro-style and taking the photos in it! I felt like I could have stepped into the “Captain America” movie and asked Sergeant Bucky Barnes to dance. ;)
My neighbor’s kitty cats got in on the action and struck a few poses with me as well.
I bought the salmon iridescent silky fabric at my favorite discount fabric store for $2.99 a yard. I fitted the pattern to myself and began sewing up the dress. I wanted to hone some couture sewing techniques that I don’t get to use as often as I like — I pinked all the curved seams on the inside, French-seamed the center back skirt seam and shoulder seams. I hand-stitched down all the facings (neck, sleeves, skirt) and hand-stitched the hemline as well. I added snaps on the interior cross-over piece to keep it in place. I also handmade shoulder pads and tacked them down to the inside shoulder seam.
I hand-stitched the beaded gunmetal glass bead appliques around the right shoulder and down the center bust. I also hand-stitched gunmetal seed beads around each of the sleeve edges.
I made button loops and set them in to the side-bodice facing, and added two gunmetal silver metal buttons. The side tie sits just beneath them and is tied in a decorative bow.
One of my favorite features of this pattern was the “V” waist yoke on the back of the dress. It turned out looking pretty impressive with the topstitching!