Although I made this dress back in October, we just got around to photographing it yesterday! We meant to take pictures of it when we were on vacation last fall, but it was much too cold not to be bundled up in winter coats constantly!
Since then I've made three more renditions of this pattern, the second of which I have posted about here. The others should be up here soon!
I like this pattern quite well (as evidenced by my desire to make it again and again); the details are so cute! I just love the bow and the soft pleats at the neckline.
I found this fabric (polyester crepe) for $1 a yard at our local fabric shop. I bought 5 yards, which turned out to be a very good thing! When I made the dress, I cut the skirt and yoke like the pattern, but due to the "crispness" of the fabric, the gathers did not look well at all. As such, I had to cut a new skirt using Vogue 8767.
Aside from those issues with the fabric, it drapes beautifully in this pattern.
My mom found this lovely belt at a thrift store, and it happened to be the perfect color to match my dress!
I was having trouble sewing in the elastic on the sleeves, so instead I simply gathered them and sewed them down.
I had been having issues sewing this dress from the start; first I carefully marked the pleats on the yoke front pieces with a water-soluble marker and then used a damp press cloth and a steamy iron to press the pieces before I sewed them, causing all of the marks to disappear completely.
There were some other minor foibles as well, but the other main one was that unbeknownst to me, my needle was terribly dull and snaggy, so it kept pulling threads in the fabric as I sewed the sleeves and hem. It's always great when you discover such things after the damage is done, isn't it?
In any case, ever since then this pattern has gone perfectly smooth for me, I'm glad to report!
The old train station wall served as a nice backdrop once again!
Thanks to my mom for the lovely photographs!
P.S. Don't forget to enter Emily's Spring 1940s Photo Contest over at Emily's Vintage Visions! Thursday the 30th is the last day to enter.