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1940s Style Dress

Added Jan 2, 2013

by VeraVenus

South Coast, Eng...






A dress made for myself based on photos I saw on the internet of a 1940’s dress that I just loved the look of. The skirt and sleeve patterns were from two separate dresses I’d drafted and made previously and I knew they worked so I just needed to make a bodice pattern to complete this dress- so actually real ‘frankenstein’ pattern. Getting the amount of gathering in the bodice was tricky in the crepe, I had to cut it twice and sew, unpick and re-sew all the shirring rows a few times as well. I put the zip in by hand. I fused the back of the upholstery embroidery before cutting it out from its main fabric. The edges are all held down with buttonhole stitch done in heavy silk thread.The skirt is cut on the bias and hand hemmed- also done twice as it was an inch too long to look good with a particular coat. It took me about 50 hours all in all but I am very happy with the result.

Material Notes

Main fabric is heavy satin backed silk crepe, the yoke and sleeves are rayon/silk velvet and the embroidery was was cut from an upholstery sample and hand appliqud on (with a little BondaWeb fusible help)




Garment Type
Other, Velvet

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    Jan 6, 2013, 04.27 PMby lauriana

    It’s so pretty… The rich colour, the gathers, the drape of the skirt, those fabric covered buttons, that back belt… just lovely

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    Jan 4, 2013, 04.56 AMby sewsweetviolets


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    Jan 3, 2013, 11.36 PMby VeraVenus

    Thank you all :)

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    Jan 3, 2013, 11.17 PMby nouvellegamine

    amazing! Great detail and great colors!

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    Jan 3, 2013, 03.31 PMby SENEBO

    what a great dress you have created, the colour is lovely and I really like the bodice section. well done

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    Jan 3, 2013, 11.44 AMby ronnielee

    This is fabulous! Would love to see it on you.

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    Jan 3, 2013, 06.34 AMby Mary Athey

    Stunning dress and.well.worth.all.your 50 hours.of sewing. I bet.you look and feel amazing wearing this x

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    Jan 3, 2013, 02.14 AMby max


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