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1940s shoe dress

Added May 27, 2012

by janene

London, United K...

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Description

I had such a wonderful weekend, finishing, wearing and flaunting this dress in the sunshine. Its made from some thrifted fabric from Oxfam for a fiver and a wonderful vintage 1940s Butterick pattern no 2638. I knew that the midriff section would create the basis for a comfortable and flattering fit… I wasn’t wrong. I just changed the gathers for soft pleats and added turn ups to the sleeves, otherwise I kept to style. The only alterations I made were to increase the waist slightly and shorten the length by a whopping 5 inches!!
More photos and details over at ooobop!

Material Notes

cotton

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Dress

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    Jun 1, 2012, 10.41 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    I love it, pattern, fabric, all perfect!

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    May 30, 2012, 05.15 PMby sigrid

    Amazing as usual. I love how the midriff detail changes a basic shirt dress.

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      May 30, 2012, 08.18 PMby janene

      Thank you Sigrid. I’ve been dying to incorporate a midriff in a dress but didn’t fancy 80s style…. 40s is much better!

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    May 30, 2012, 08.04 AMby loulourosa

    A dress like this for five pounds is great! Such a lovely fun fabric and it works well with the red buttons and the dresspattern.

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      May 30, 2012, 08.17 PMby janene

      Thanks Loulourosa. :-)

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    May 29, 2012, 04.25 AMby madebymeg

    how fun!

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      May 30, 2012, 08.17 PMby janene

      Twas indeed! :-)

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    May 28, 2012, 07.57 PMby schnui

    Sweet!!! I love the fabric too and what it represents- shoes!!!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.46 PMby janene

      Thank you Schnui. Yes you know me well…. very partial to a nice shoe!!

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    May 28, 2012, 06.34 PMby pauline alice

    Your dress is so pretty. I really like the 40’s vibe and the contrasting red buttons. Congratulation, it looks perfect for the summer!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.46 PMby janene

      Thank you MademoiselleP. I have only recently started to appreciate the 40s shapes. I feel a bit of an addiction coming on!

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    May 28, 2012, 05.26 PMby barmaglot

    lovely! Love the fabric!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.44 PMby janene

      Thank you :-)

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    May 28, 2012, 01.04 PMby skeeler

    Cool fabric! I love the red buttons.

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      May 28, 2012, 08.43 PMby janene

      Thank you Skeeler :-)

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    May 28, 2012, 12.54 PMby laikadoll

    Woohoo! Go you, lady!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.43 PMby janene

      lol…. thanks laikadoll! :-)

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    May 28, 2012, 12.27 PMby Mai-der

    Lovely dress and fabric! I like very much your sunglasses!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.43 PMby janene

      Thank you Mai-der. The sunglasses were a lucky find too, at a Vintage fair :-)

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    May 28, 2012, 12.06 PMby kess

    This is SO darn cute! I love the fabric and the little chevron piece in the midriff is incredibly flattering!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.42 PMby janene

      Thanks so much Kess. I think the midriff is my favourite bit!

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    May 28, 2012, 02.23 AMby Green-Cat-Eye

    It looks great on you! I love the color and the red buttons. Great job!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.42 PMby janene

      Thanks Green-Cat-Eye… can’t resist a red button!

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    May 27, 2012, 11.23 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

    It’s adorable! I love it!

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      May 28, 2012, 08.41 PMby janene

      Thanks Danielle :-)

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