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1940s summer day suit

Added Aug 28, 2013

by gemmafloyd

Warsaw, Poland






This is a 1940s summer day suit I’ve made for the annual D Day week-long event organized by the sea in Hel in Poland.
The suit consists of a white cotton rustical shirt based on the BurdaStyle Blouse for Dirndl pattern. I altered it by lengthening it, letting go of the gatherings at the neckline, bottom and sleeves. The blouse is finished off with white lace at the neckline and sleeves.
The second part of the suit is a four-gore half-circle skirt made from a nice light blue linen with delicate beige stripes. The stripes at the front and back seams meet diagonally.
The last part of the suit is a short-sleeved bolero made from the same linen as the skirt. It was made based on a vintage pattern. The construction is fairly simple – it’s a loosely laying bolero with large shoulder pads giving it the awaited 1940s shape. The shoulder pads were oversewn with the same linen, so as not to distinctly peek out of the outfit. The only extra decoration on the bolero are the bows gathering the sleeves at the bottom.

Material Notes

Blouse – white cotton, white cotton lace
Skirt and bolero – delicately beige-striped light blue linen




Garment Type

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    Aug 30, 2013, 12.18 PMby freakusbzzz

    Love the sleeve detail. A perfect re creation.

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      Aug 30, 2013, 06.57 PMby gemmafloyd

      Thanks! I had to work a bit on it to get the right shape :)

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    Aug 29, 2013, 10.43 AMby Deanna31

    It looks really lovely on you. I like the neckline with the lace and pleat in the front

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      Aug 29, 2013, 07.46 PMby gemmafloyd

      Thank you very much!

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    Aug 29, 2013, 07.53 AMby mlakin

    That’s amazing, and the fit is absolutely perfect.

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    Aug 29, 2013, 06.20 AMby norskie

    This is wonderful! Great job!

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    Aug 28, 2013, 09.49 PMby Mary Athey

    beautiful.outfit, the sleeves are gorgeous and i love all your photos but the first ones fabulous x

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      Aug 29, 2013, 08.20 AMby gemmafloyd

      Thank you :)

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    Aug 28, 2013, 09.12 PMby liliv-1

    So pretty!!

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    Aug 28, 2013, 05.33 PMby pictureit17

    Awesome outfit! I love the first photo.

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      Aug 28, 2013, 08.55 PMby gemmafloyd

      Thanks! It’s a photo of the suit “in action” :D

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