New Project for a New Year

Colette got a stack of vintage patterns for Christmas AND a sewing machine.  She’s chosen one of the patterns for her latest project, a 1940′s dress.  She’s making the short-sleeved version.  (I found it interesting that the one with the longer sleeves called that sleeve’s length “bracelet length”.)  This is the first time either of us have worked with a dress pattern that old.  Quite some differences…the notches are all cut inward, there are no arrows to keep the pattern on the straight grain of the fabric (just a couple of holes), seams are 1/2″,  there is no writing at all on the pattern pieces, and the instructions are either very lengthy or almost nonexistent (“make a dart”).


She chose a small plaid for the fabric.


She's eliminating the scallops, so it ought to be pretty straightforward.  She's optimistic that she can start and finish it this week.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my, what a lucky girl! Love the pattern. I am partial to the lovely feminine designs of the 40s and 50s - though most of my patterns are aprons. I can't wait to see the finished project.

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  2. Yes, we love the femininity of fashions from bygone times too! I'll be sure and show the finished product!

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