Do you ever have a project in mind and then you gather all of the materials to make it, but you don’t? Yeah….that’s this dress! I planned to make this last summer and never got around to it. It was on my sewing list and yet it lingered on the bottom. Of course cold weather drifted in, so short sleeved dresses aren’t generally a high priority for me. But then an event rolled around and I thought: “How nice would it be to wear this dress?” And then the dress was cut out and sewn up in a few days and I could cross another project off my list. 🙂
The dress in question is the Decades of Style 1940’s New England Dress. I made this pattern once before and had planned on sewing up a short-sleeved version. It’s a nice sweet pattern that lets you showcase some cool buttons.
This fabric is admittedly not the best, but I just love this print. I bought the fabric up in Sacramento at an indie fabric store and it was super cheap. Sometimes you get what you pay for… It’s not a terrible fabric and it definitely isn’t going to fall apart. It’s a midweight cotton that was really stiff when I bought it. I washed it three times with fabric softener and it got better, but it’s really more of a quilting cotton and it’s very sturdy.
I used some of my vintage notions for this dress. Y’all might think: “Why are you using precious items for cheap fabric?” Why? Because I like it and I like the combo. Also, this dress is going to last for YEARS. This fabric isn’t shredding any time soon. It’s made to last.
Aside from grading up a couple of sizes, I did a swayback adjustments and a full bicep adjustment. I should have added about a 1/2″-5/8″ in width to my sleeves for a little more ease, but I didn’t for some reason…. Otherwise, this dress is pretty much the same as it was drafted.
The aforementioned vintage notions may both appear to be bakelite, however, the buckle is, but the buttons are painted wood. I purchased the buckle at an antique store in Cambria and I found the buttons on etsy.
I finished all of the seams with rayon seam binding, however, I failed to share with you insides. Take my word for it — they are neat. Finishing my seam allowances in that matter takes a while, but it sure makes them look pretty.
This pattern doesn’t include a belt, so mine is self-drafted. Although, self-drafting a belt is super easy. One just needs to make sure that it’s the right length. Here’s a tutorial, if you want to learn how to make one from scratch.
I love wearing this dress, as evidenced by the photo below. I usually delete these “outtakes”, but here we are. 🙂
I’ve also been wanting to take a photo with our Dutch door ever since I noticed Maureen O’Hara standing at hers and yelling at John Wayne with the door half open in The Quiet Man. I guess I should have yelled at the dogs or something while I took the photo below instead of looking welcoming and happy. 🙂
- Dress: Decades of Style 1940’s New England Dress in quilting weight cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
- Brooch & Earrings: Luxulite