Good afternoon, friends!
Or morning or evening as it might be where you are! 🙂 Today, I’m sharing my first 100% finished make of 2018 (I know, I’m out of order….). I do have a couple of in-progress projects, but this one is complete. This is my FIFTH Dorothy Lara dress (the others, here). It’s quite obviously a TNT for me and I doubt that this will be my last version of this pattern.
The Dorothy Lara dress is a 1940’s pattern by Decades of Style. It’s a peasant style dress with raglan sleeves and beautiful gathers and it’s basically my favorite style to wear.
The fabric I used for this dress is a vintage 1940’s cold rayon (cold spun) that I purchased from Mena at ShopMakeThisLook. It’s the best fabric ever. I wish I had a stash full of this stuff. The color is kind of a tangerine, but most closely resembling a California poppy, which is apropos (look at my site….). It has a box or flag design with multi-colors. This fabric has some light reddish stains running through it which I either cut around or put in places where they wouldn’t stand out. The stains are not clearly noticeable as they blend in with the fabric. And, yes, I was aware of the stains before I purchased it, and they don’t bother me. 🙂
This version went together just as my others, although I serged the seams and didn’t finish them with my favored rayon bias tape, which I tend to do with vintage fabrics and patterns. The alteration aside from grading this pattern up 1-2 sizes is that I added some length to the skirt. This dress is unlined.
I had plans to use another pattern for this dress — a vintage 1940’s pattern. It was one that I had to trace and resize and I was lazy and didn’t feel like doing that, but I also wanted to sew this fabric up and wear it. So, I chose one of my TNT’s, which is based off a vintage pattern, and here we are. I couldn’t be happier.
This fabric was so wonderful to work with. It’s much better than a rayon challis and it feels so wonderful to the touch. I have other vintage 30’s/40’s rayons in my stash, but this is the only cold rayon.
No, it’s not warm here yet, although it was in the upper 50’s, low 60’s when I wore this dress. I decided to sew this pattern that I could potentially wear through different seasons and when I wore it last, I added a black cardigan. The black cardigan showcased my butterscotch bakelite Scottie so well when I pinned it to my sweater. Much more than wearing it pinned to this dress.
I actually have a very similar dress already in my closet. But….that’s a Vogue pattern and it’s polka dotted silk….. and it’s yellow…. 😉 I’m anticipating getting a lot more wear out of this one.
My only issue with this dress is that the fabric is slippery and the sleeves slide around (see above). This pattern is meant to have shoulder pads and I was recommended by Janet at Decades when I bought this pattern to put shoulder pads in. I do have some raglan sleeve shoulder pads, so there’s really no excuse. To stop that sleeve sliding I will either need to add those or sew in some bra strap guards to keep it in place. When I first wore this dress I didn’t notice it as I had a sweater on over it. 🙂
- Dress: Decades of Style 1940’s Dorothy Lara dress in vintage 1940’s cold rayon, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Debutante
- Earrings: Vintage bakelite
- Brooch: Vintage bakelite
- Lipstick: Besame 1931 Carmine (affiliate link)