August 23, 2011This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! 1940’s Day Dress Edition
By Betty Crafter
Disclaimer: I am by no means a skilled dressmaker. I have managed to construct a few garments that are reasonably acceptable to wear in public. I WANT to be a skilled dressmaker though, and I have a huge pile of gorgeous vintage patterns just waiting for my skills to improve in order to do them justice. But I’ll never get better unless I dive in, right? And I’ve never been one for starting out easy. I decided to take on Simplicity 3610, view 2:
Yes, folks, I decided to attempt a dress that has a collar, buttonholes, pin tucks, darts, pleats, and a pocket. Jeez Louise, what was I thinking? There were some tears and some words I would not like my Grandma to hear, but I came out the other side with a dress!
I decided to use a vintage reproduction fabric I bought ages ago from Repro Depot (who is sadly no longer selling fabrics). It’s a Japanese linen cotton blend with a kitchen print. Yes, I realize this is a pretty strange fabric choice for a dress. But I quite like it and it turned into a dress that is very wearable, for me. I also used some cute turquoise vintage buttons from my stash. I paired it with an 80’s stretch belt to give it an element of the unexpected (as if the fabric wasn’t surprising enough!) but I’m also not against at some point making a fabric belt to match. Let’s get a close up of those pin tucks, shall we?
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. And I was so nervous about the collar, but that turned out pretty well too! One thing that did not turn out as planned was the sleeves. The pattern called for sort of epaulette sleeve which I could not figure out for the life of me. So I fiddled around til I made something presentable, which you can see here:
Another design element that did not make it onto the dress was the hidden pockets. Lord knows I don’t need any extra fabric around my midsection, especially when I’m already dealing with pleating a medium weight fabric.
And I carefully photographed around the “hidden side zip” which is comically not hidden. But all in all, this is a dress I will wear proudly! So what do y’all think?