Monday, June 29, 2015

• Rose Chintz 1940s Dress •

I had several other posts scheduled ahead of this one, but this gorgeous dress of my mom's is such a favorite, I couldn't help making it the first in line!
She just made this dress last week, but it's already my favorite garment she's ever made. She found the fabric for it at an antique shop in Wisconsin, and at the time, I really didn't like it. But as soon as I saw it becoming a dress, I fell in love too!

The fabric is only 39" wide, so it is quite obviously not modern fabric, and most likely pretty old. Does anyone know when manufacturers started making fabric wider than that? 
In any case, she happened to have some gorgeous peach (I call them sorbet) buttons that matched the fabric perfectly, so it all came together very nicely. Our green buckle (also shared with my '40s Gumdrop Dress) was the perfect match for the belt.

She used Simplicity 3847 for the bodice of the dress, adding tucks in the front and back for a fitted-at-the-waist style. The skirt is gathered, but I love how it almost looks pleated!

Aaaanndd, this is her grand premiere of bound-buttonhole-making! Fortunately (or unfortunately), she seemed to have caught on to the finer aspects of the art much faster than I did; her buttonholes put mine to shame!

The pleats are only sewn together for about 1 1/2" from the waist seam, but they give it that perfect "shirtwaist" look. So gorgeous!!

The buttons. Yummy. 

She only had 3 yards of the fabric to begin with, but managed to squeeze the whole dress (and belt!) out of it. The scraps that are leftover, however, are not going to make too many little girls' dresses; that teeny pile includes what she cut off of the hem. That's what I call economical sewing!

I hate to bring political subjects up on my blog, but what happened last week goes far beyond the realm of politics; our country has indeed been fundamentally changed.
I, as a Christian can not stand by in silence when vile sin is celebrated and uplifted. 
The Bible says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..."
The morals of our country are fast disappearing, and if Christians do not take a stand, who will?
Let us pray for our country to turn from its wickedness toward God.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord..."
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  1. Wow! I adore it! Great job to your mom, and good photography on your part!

    1. Thank you on both parts, OldFashionGirl! Isn't she an amazing seamstress?!

  2. I love, love this dress! The colors are gorgeous. The belt buckle and buttons are just the perfect match for this dress. And the details are fabulous! Bound button holes for the win!

    I'm not much for politics either, but I do agree that we need lots of prayer for our country! And also for those of us who are Christians that we would stand firm in our beliefs and not let society convince us to turn away from the truth.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie!! I just love this dress too!
      Thank you also, immensely, for what you said about the "political" matter. You're so right that we need to pray for other Christians as well to stand firm. Well said and thank you!!

  3. Oh my word, it is truly beautiful. I love the how well the buttons match the flowers in the print. That's just dreamy!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” - John, 8:7. No human is without sin, and therefore unable to pass this kind of judgement on people. I would never allow my belief in God to let me become so intolerant a person. I also do not believe He would see love as a sin, no matter who the people involved.

    1. Beth,
      I never said that anyone is without sin! Every person on earth is a sinner. I am not intolerant in any way, shape or form; I do not hate homosexuals, but I absolutely do hate the sin of homosexuality.
      If you doubt that God would see this sort of "love" as a sin, read these verses:
      Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
      Romans 1:27 - And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
      Romans 1:32 - Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
      There are more Bible verses on the subject referenced here:

  5. Another beautiful dress! You are so lucky to have a talented mom to help you too with sewing.
    Iam self taught and wish my mom was a sewer-I would learn tips and tricks to improve my sewing
    skills. Is that your backyard where the photos were taken? So pretty!
    Happy 4th!

    1. Thank you, Irene!! I am indeed very blessed to have such a talented mom!
      Yes, the photos were taken in our backyard. It was so very green that day, it made for a perfect backdrop! :)
      Have a wonderful week!

  6. Such a darling dress, your mom really is a very talented seamstress. And again, I love the fabric pattern and color palette! Seriously, you two have the best fabrics! So dreamy! *swoon* ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    1. Thank you, Bonita!! I agree, my mom is amazing. But it's not like I'm prejudiced or anything. ;)
      You're so sweet!


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