Just last week finished a 40's dress project that has been in the back of my mind since last fall. When Mom and I were in Hancocks fabric store, I saw this lovely mauve pink and brown polka-dotted rayon fabric, deliciously sheer and floaty in the clearance fabric. I immediately envisioned it as a swingy, feminine 1940s dress. But - what to use as lining? Well, we happened upon a remnant of very lightweight silk satin - there was *just* enough fabric to use for dress lining. Not a scrap more, but it was the perfect color to match the rayon and provide the right color of lining.
I got....a little busy and distracted last winter (Jordan...:) and somewhat forgot about the project. And it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I had a definite idea of how I wanted the dress to look:
So, to copy the dress seen at left, I pulled out my stash of vintage patterns and began piecing together the different elements, ended up having to use 4 different 1940s patterns!
Here are the main ones:
Dress bodice was cut from this 1941 McCall's Pattern
Dress skirt was cut from this 1942 pattern, over skirt had added width for gathers.
Sleeves were cut from this 1942 mail-order pattern from
'Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram, Pattern Dept., Marian Martin Patterns'
They all went together quite well!
Thankfully all the patterns were the same size, so it was easy to mix-and-match.
Shoes are from 40's style swing dance shoes from Aris Allen , in brown suede and white mesh.
I really like the medium-height of the heel.
So, there you have it! My latest 40's project.
Do you have any retro projects going on right now? I'd love to see them!