Wednesday, March 16, 2016

• 1938 Dress in Periwinkle •


A few months back, my dear friend Sarah of Prairie Rose Sewing sent me a package that included this gorgeous dress pattern from 1938. I couldn't wait to sew it up! I found some gorgeous fabric at Fabric by the Pound down in Alabama that just begged to be made into it.


I absolutely love the style! It's so very different from anything else that I have!! The style of the front bodice reminds me very much of Kristen's teal dress, which is just gorgeous.

The remarkable part about this pattern is that there are three different garments that can be made from it; a jacket and skirt, View 1, and a dress, View 2. Quite a difference from nowadays when pattern companies split up one outfit into three different patterns!! 



The pattern called for making thread loops, but let's be realistic; thread loops are a pain. And time consuming. So I made fabric ones instead!! :) They worked out very well, and once again are a change from my typical closures. Thanks to a tip from Brigid a while back, I used the nifty method of basting the loops onto a piece of interfacing, then sewing that into the seam and tearing it away afterwards. It is so much easier than trying to pin each loop onto the dress and stitch it!

I love the gathered accent on the front bodice as well; it adds such a ladylike touch!


The sleeves are puffy (my favorite!) and have pleated accents at the hem.

I finally found the perfect project for my pearly buttons!! :)


This buckle is another southern vacation treasure, and it's so nifty! Most other buckles we have are the two-holed kind, so this is a neat change of pace.

And, of course, I'm wearing my gorgeous shoes from Two Old Beans. They are still my absolute favorite. Leather, brand new, arch supports, low heel, perfect color to match the majority of my clothing....the list goes on!! :D

Thank you again, Sarah for the gorgeous, gorgeous pattern! :) I love it!
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16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, dear, it is BEAUTIFUL!!! You look simply smashing. :) This fabric was indeed made just for this dress. I am so excited that you like it and that it fits so well. The details are SO much prettier on an actual garment rather than on the pattern drawing. ;) I think my favorite parts (besides that fabric!!!) are the button loops and the shaped neckline. Wow! It's awesome to see this dress sewn up! I hope you get lots and lots of wear out of it, you did a fantastic job. Hurrah for vintage patterns! ;) Love you!

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    1. Thank you, dear Sarah!! :D I am wearing it to death - it may have moved up to "Top 2." ;) Thanks again for the gorgeous pattern, and all your sweet comments about this dress! You're the best. Love you too!!

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  2. This dress is gorgeous Esther! And your fabric button loops turned out beautifully.

    Blessings,

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. Thank you, Brigid! :) And thanks for the button loop tip! It worked great.

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  3. Oh now this is an adorable dress! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gathering at the front! And the sleeves? Swoon! The fabric is darling and I really think it goes so well with this pattern!! Brava to you my dear!
    Blessings!
    g

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    1. Thank you, Gina!!!! :) You're so sweet!

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  4. Every dress you make blows me away, you are so talented. The detailing on the bodice is amazing, and the floral just makes it. Your hair is looking lovely here as well

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Kaitlyn! You are much too kind! :)

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  5. This dess is so cute! Love the fabric!

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  6. So gorgeous! I love the fabric, and that silhouette is just so perfect. And oh my gosh, your hair! It's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kira!! :) I've been trying hot rollers lately, and they seem to work better than anything else. It's still very hit and miss though! Thank you! :)

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  7. Truly lovely dress. I think this silhouette is immensely becoming and also ideal for spring. A bit of length in the arms and hem are just the thing to keep the last nippy days of winter weather at bay. Fantastic sewing job, sweet dear.

    ♥ Jessica

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  8. One if the prettiest dresses I have ever seen. It's perfect. :)

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  9. Betty484, Thank you so much!! :) You're so kind!!

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