My 1940 Sew for Victory Dress

I just finished my first sewing challenge!  Lucky Lucille’s “Sew for Victory” 1940′s Sewing Challenge!



This worked out well for me as I already had the fabric and pattern and had been intending to make this dress.  My dress is Vogue 8811, a pattern that I had previously made for a client and now decided to make for myself.

Vogue 8811

Vogue 8811

It’s a very simple dress that I inted to jazz up with some jewelry and some espadrilles.  The next dress I blog about, I hope to have some photos of me in it.  My husband doesn’t take very good pictures of me (or maybe it’s his subject! lol), so when I pick up a tripod, I think I’ll be good to go!

Peacock blue 1940 cotton dress

Peacock blue 1940 cotton dress

I used peacock blue stretch cotton broadcloth for my dress and lined in with white broadcloth.  This dress doesn’t have lining instructions in the pattern — it has facings.  I don’t like facings very much and usually line my dresses unless the fabric is thick (and then sometimes I do anyway!)

I like to use cotton batiste or cotton voile to line cotton dresses, but I ordered this white broadcloth at the same time I had ordered the peacock [from Fabric Mart] and decided to use it as a lining.  It does make the dress a little heavier, but it’s still cotton so breathable.

1940 Peacock Blue Dress

1940 Peacock Blue Dress

I didn’t put the darts in the back of the bodice and I addeda little bit to the sides and made the top of this dress a little bit more of a blouson bodice

Vintage Buckle

Vintage Buckle

I found this vintage buckle a couple of weeks ago at a sewing & craft show in the Bay Area.  I thought about making a self fabric covered buckle, but thought the dress would be to monotone.  And ahhh! You can the close up of my sewn grommetts…. I spend more time making those prettier for other people than for myself…..

Vintage brass button

Vintage brass button

I found this used vintage button in my grandma’s button box.  It most likely is from the 1940s-50s as those are the ages of most of the buttons in that box.  I also did not feel like making a thread loop as the pattern instructions advise you.  Once again…. I spend more time making things for other people than myself…. I like ribbon better anyway. :)

1940 Peacock blue dress

1940 Peacock blue dress

 

Happy Sewing!

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