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a 40s ruffled peplum dress

Added Jul 6, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This little mid 40s peplum dress was made back in April.Does the fabric look familiar? I had just enough of the checked rayon blend that I used for :this dress":http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantmusings/4720030523/in/set-72157594494752755/ –I love using every last bit of material!

The pattern is Simplicity #1435, which a friend sent to me! I had been eying several peplum patterns on Ebay from the 40s at the time, so it was one of those happy coincidences that she generously sent it to me. I actually love both the views–the Peter Pan collar version with the bow belt is still on my list of “things to sew one day”, but obviously, the peplum version won out first! I love how flirty the peplum is; I wasn’t sure I would actually like it (I like to minimize my hips rather than play the width up), but it’s my favorite part of the dress. Better yet, it’s detachable, so I can swap it out for a belt if I like.

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    Nov 26, 2010, 08.01 AMby alexiacleo

    I saw this dress on you and I love the design so much I hunted the pattern down and have now bought if for myself. The pattern is a couple of sizes too small so I’ll make this project my first foray into resizing. Thanks for the inspiration and I’ll be sure to post it when I’m done. Another first for me.

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    Nov 5, 2010, 12.57 PMby TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    Beautiful! I have a pattern just like it but the sleeves are slightly different. It’s Simplicity 1738. I might have to give it a try now!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 10.02 PMby peaches2218

    This is beautiful and very cute on you. The updo makes the outfit. I actually like your version considerably better than the pattern’s envelope illustrations. Thumbs up!

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    Jul 18, 2010, 06.16 PMby Tomekia Lloyd

    Now THIS is inspiration……

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    Jul 12, 2010, 08.27 AMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    I love it ! I wish it was easier and cheaper to find beautiful vintage patterns in the UK

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    Jul 11, 2010, 12.05 AMby lovelypolly

    too cute to be true!

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    Jul 10, 2010, 03.01 PMby suribabe

    I’m loving that dress.. Its so elegant… I’ll have to start searching for patterns on Ebay too.:o)

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    Jul 10, 2010, 02.27 PMby Syrena B

    Simply Adorable!!

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    Jul 10, 2010, 02.10 AMby tinybows

    Once again, you don’t fail to amaze. I love this fabric for this particular style of dress, the ruffle is just too adorable for words.

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    Jul 10, 2010, 12.19 AMby rifka

    Absolutely beautiful. You look amazing. This pattern captures all my favorites from this era. I’m excited for you to wear it!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 05.41 PMby shellidawn

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The peplum is fantastic and your styling is spot on! Great job!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 01.12 PMby wzrdreams

    And what’s that red thing you are knitting on tiny needles? It certainly makes the red on the toes, hair and lips pop.

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.48 PMby elegantmusings

      It’s the back piece for a sweater I’m knitting from a 30s pattern! ;) I just finished that the other evening, and have been working on the front the last couple days. Knitting is my thing to do when i am not up for sewing (or don’t have time!). ;)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 02.33 AMby gdac

    Gorgeous… peplums definately on my list now!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 07.50 PMby anniekmcn

    I love the detachable idea! Multi-purpose decoration – and the frill is really flirty!

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.20 AMby elegantmusings

      Isn’t the detachable peplum a fantastic idea?! I’m tempted to make a whole wardrobe of skirts and dresses with them… haha!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 03.00 PMby grosgrain

    The dress is fabulous! And you have just the face for that look! So perfect!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 09.11 AMby ajtak7171

    This is sooo gorgeous! Once again, perfect choice of fabric, excellent execution and such lovely styling!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 12.10 AMby helenadoll

    but big hips = tiny waist! It’s lovely :)

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.21 AMby elegantmusings

      You’re right—the proportions do work out! hehe!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 11.13 PMby natmarie

    I’m in love, love, love!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 10.29 PMby lenarrrd

    I love this! Super cute and unique to boot, bravo!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 10.03 PMby dewreb

    sigh and another gorgeous creation by you! It’s perfect!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 09.40 PMby meegie-moo

    yay! another feature!! congratulations, I love following your blog and your creations on burdastyle.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 07.45 AMby carolinesj

    What a great vintage pattern! Great fabric, looks gorgeous.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.10 AMby jasmine77

    Looks fabulous on you!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 02.05 AMby Chicky C

    Thanks for mentioning the pattern. I have been thinking about a removable peplum. Love your work!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 01.13 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I think peplums might just replace my ruffle obsession! :) What a super cute pattern and you did such a great job, love the fabric choice too xx

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.22 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! :D I’ve definitely been on a peplum kick this year, but this is the first dress I’ve had time to make with one. They’re pretty fantastic, in my book! ;)

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    Jul 7, 2010, 01.10 AMby mardou123

    Really quite charming. The color will carry you through many a season and the peplum – really smashing. Great work, as usual!

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    Jul 6, 2010, 11.13 PMby almalou

    So beautiful and classic. Amazing work, as usual! :-)

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    Jul 6, 2010, 10.23 PMby sandrasews

    Love this, so stunning and stylish. And how cool, detachable!

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.23 AMby elegantmusings

      I know—doesn’t detachable dress accessories make a project all the more fun (and versatile)?!

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    Jul 6, 2010, 08.31 PMby cantare

    oh so cute! the pattern is so vintage I think I’ve seen it come back around in the stores recently!

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      Jul 9, 2010, 10.23 AMby elegantmusings

      Thanks! Yep—peplums have been creeping back into fashion lately; it’s been neat to see the way designers have been interpreting them!

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