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40s bow sundress

Added Aug 4, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






As soon as the pattern arrived I knew which fabric in my stash it was destined for: a pretty, floral rayon that I picked up on clearance at JoAnn’s back in June. I wasn’t sure about it the first time I saw it, and even waited a few weeks to get it, but I rather like the rich colors on the black background–it’s a nice transition print for late summer/early fall. The jacket is made up in a linen-look blend that is lined with the dress material (yes, I can make it reversible if I wish!). This project was also an opportunity for me to break out the buckram belting I had purchased recently to make a self-fabric belt; I love crisp, matching belts on dresses so much! Having the proper foundation material helped the final product quite a bit.

The pattern itself is a fairly basic design, but the bows and jacket are what make it special! Why? Those little bows at the base of the shoulder straps pass through slits on the jacket to secure it in place! Isn’t that genius? Little details like that are what keep me coming back to vintage patterns again and again–you never know what new little novelty details you’ll encounter! I really love how this dress turned out–I’ve already worn it a few days in a row! lol. Sans jacket, of course; it’s been way too hot to even think about wearing more layers than necessary. But I think once the days start to cool down a bit (whenever that will be!), this entire outfit will be getting a lot of use…

Material Notes

rayon, linen look




Garment Type
Blends, Rayon

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    Oct 29, 2011, 07.12 PMby lullith74

    This is adorable. You are so talanted.

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    Sep 5, 2010, 11.31 AMby elegantchaos

    This looks terrific. You have inspired me; I just bought the vintage pattern off ebay!

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    Aug 7, 2010, 11.24 AMby daisylynn

    Ok, we all know your projects are amazing, and this one is no less amazing than all the others, but the question that has me on the edge of my seat is: Where do you learn to do all your astounding and fabulous hairstyles???? :-D I LOVE these bangs! It may not be dressmaking but a tute on these would make my day ;-)

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      May 21, 2011, 11.02 PMby sewcoolone

      There are some very easy ones she posted on YouTube under username elegantlyamused very very good and simple!

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    Aug 6, 2010, 12.51 AMby mrsevande

    Ahhdorable! Looks beautiful!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 11.51 PMby nessys

    This is beautiful, as usual, and I really love the fact the bows “anchor” the little jacket. I hate things that “move around” that you constant have to adjust to sit right/look good!!! They don’t make patterns/garments like this any more!!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 06.50 PMby hellagabrielle

    So cute.

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    Aug 5, 2010, 05.48 PMby carolinam

    cute dress!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 11.20 AMby mahaila

    Love this! Yeah I agree with you about the details in vintage patterns. A while back I made a jacket/scarf ensemble where the buttons on the jacket were fastened onto the scarf. nice work.

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.29 AMby thefabledneedle

    the bows are my favorite part :)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.07 AMby pamchar

    WOW everything is perfect, the print, the bows, the jacket…

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    Aug 4, 2010, 07.45 PMby cd909

    that is an awesome solution for keeping a jacket in place – it looks great!

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    Aug 4, 2010, 12.49 PMby janene

    I absolutely love this and how it looks on you.

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