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1947 Dress

Added Jun 14, 2011

by tinybows

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I am dedicating all of my summer sewing to making myself a complete 1940s wardrobe…

I saw the fabric for this dress this weekend at JoAnn’s and I knew it was destined for a 1940s dress. I used the Retro Butterick ’47 dress pattern (which I had been wanting to try for some time).

It was incredibly easy to make, however, the sizes run sooo small! I am a size 8-10 and I had to use the size 12, and add an inch or so here and there! The pattern also called for a lining in the bust, but in this heat there’s no way I’m wearing a lined dress!

I completed it in 2 hours, so I would definitely make another out of a different fabric. I have a big piece of vintage silk that I’ve got my eye on. :)

I LOVE how this dress turned out. I wore it all day today and got so many compliments. I can’t wait to wear it again and again.

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Material Notes





Summer, Fall
Casual, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jan 7, 2014, 06.25 AMby SassyT

    I absolutely love this, you look fabulous and am a sucker for a good photoshoot. I have just featured you on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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      Jan 7, 2014, 06.27 AMby SassyT

      Tried to click into your blog but it says I need permission.

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    Jul 12, 2011, 10.33 PMby slaviblago

    Dear, TinyBows!! How lovely are you?! Love the dress, love the fabric. Do you know what the name of this fabric is? I would like to look for it at my local Joann’s. My best to you, Thanks

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    Jun 17, 2011, 04.39 AMby sophie11

    lovely work!! The 1940s were so elegant!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 01.37 AMby artsiekat

    This looks amazing on you! Gorgeous! I so want to make this.

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    Jun 17, 2011, 01.25 AMby sunnilj9

    Gorgeous! I love the fabric and it looks positively fabulous on you! Totally fantastic job!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 10.03 PMby debilovessewing

    LOVE this!!!!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 03.07 PMby vintagegal

    Love it! I can’t believe you found the fabric at JoAnne’s. It is darling. I made this pattern (the halter version) in a stretch satin, and you are right. It does run small, but it was easy to put together. Yours makes me want to make a fun summery one now!

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      Jun 16, 2011, 04.13 PMby tinybows

      Haha, I couldn’t believe I found it there either! It caught my eye and I was like “Where did you come from?!” I bought so much of it, too! Oooh, stretch satin on the halter? I bet that’s amazing!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 07.13 AMby sewtake2

    I absolutely love your dress. I was gonna try the same pattern in halter neck for my daughter and with the full bodice for me-now I’m definitely going to have to make it. I just hope I can get some great fabric because your dress is just perfect in the printed cotton.

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      Jun 16, 2011, 01.47 PMby tinybows

      You definitely have to! There are a lot of really amazing Michael Miller fabrics I have my eye on for this pattern. The possibilities are endless!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 06.44 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Only two hours for this gorgeous dress? You did a great job! I love the choice of fabric and you look just wonderfull in it. Can’t wait to see the rest of your summer collection.

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    Jun 16, 2011, 03.14 AMby turtlegirl00

    wow! so fun—and I can’t believe you did it in 2 hours!!!! I can’t wait to see more—excellent photos!

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    Jun 15, 2011, 10.46 PMby Tokie Ang

    beautiful!! looks so good on it :D

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    Jun 15, 2011, 07.21 PMby Keren Touré

    Beautiful dress and photography !! Good job !

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    Jun 15, 2011, 05.58 PMby LauraClaire89

    I was looking to do this pattern myself in the same version. Yours is lovely :)

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    Jun 15, 2011, 02.27 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    The by-the-railroad shot is classic..I’ve done it myself. Congrats on making a 1940s wardrobe this summer. I look for more train shots. And the hatbox is a great retro touch too. Are there shoulder pads on this dress?

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      Jun 15, 2011, 03.37 PMby tinybows

      I didn’t use shoulder pads, I just pleated the sleeves to give it that silhouette.

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    Jun 15, 2011, 12.21 PMby VictoriaPerry

    I have this pattern too and I also found it incredibly easy to make! I love the print you’ve used!

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    Jun 15, 2011, 12.32 AMby pumpkinpatches

    looks wonderful! love the fabric-great choice on both

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    Jun 14, 2011, 09.59 PMby Olivia Anne

    I love it and the photos are great too

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    Jun 14, 2011, 05.38 PMby iroiro

    So gorgeous! Cannot wait to see the next 40s creation!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 05.30 PMby asf

    I’m almost certain I now NEED this dress pattern.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 03.55 PMby Debby H

    I’m not surprised by the comments its lovely

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    Jun 14, 2011, 01.19 PMby Lucha Suarez

    I love it! This pattern is perfect to make many times over! You look beautiful in it!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 12.16 PMby Dee Durrant

    Such a lovely dress….and your goregous photos set it off beautifully.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 10.28 AMby ladyshape

    What an amazing dress. Perfect for summer and I love the fabric! Cool hat too. Good work!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.40 AMby zaarissima

    wow! so stylish! and an absolutly beautiful photo!!!!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.35 AMby artyfarty

    Everything about this is so good- the photos, the fabric, the dress! Nice work!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 07.18 AMby handmadebyfreya

    You look lovely! What an adorable dress, I love your fabric choice as well. Well done!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 06.31 AMby Irina Schwab

    Oh, yes, I forgot to ask teh most important question. When you refer to sizes, do you mean UK 8 to 10 or American 8 to 10? I would appreciate if you clarify, since I have the same type of patterns and never cut one. I saw the sizes in the corner and also looked at measurements, I don’t seem to match them up at all!

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      Jun 14, 2011, 12.08 PMby tinybows

      It is the US size. My suggestion is that you go a size larger and then fit the pattern first and then add wherever you need it. The sizing was a little strange, I thought.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 06.28 AMby Irina Schwab

    Oh my God, I want to come over and borrow this from you, it is the quickest route to wear it! Extremely sweet! I bought some retro Butterwick off ebay, but did nto get the chance to try anything, because I am still working on my mother in law’s frock!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 05.55 AMby lyrameneses

    SO. ADORABLE. And thank you for making it, I have had my eye on this pattern for a while and haven’t seen it on a real person. This just made the top of my queue! <3

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    Jun 14, 2011, 03.38 AMby tashmopolitan

    ooo lala!

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