Monday, September 7, 2015

• 1940s Nautical Dress •

I made this dress (affectionately known as "the boat dress") way back in March, anticipating a full season of fishing, starting with coho fishing in the middle of March. As it turns out, this has been one of the worst years for fishing ever, so this dress hasn't had a whole lot of experience yet!

We did manage to catch a few panfish... :)

I used Simplicity 1587 for the bodice, and Simplicity 3688 for the skirt. The main fabric is a cotton I found at our local quilt shop; I admired and agonized over it for months, but didn't decide to get it until there were just 3 teeny little yards left. Thankfully, I was able to squeeeeze this dress out of those three yards, with absolutely no extra fabric left. Not even enough for a back facing. :)

The contrasting fabric is linen from a blouse we had saved for just such a purpose. 

The linen drapes quite nicely in the linen fabric!
This is my fourth rendition of this pattern. See the others here:
Periwinkle 1940s Dress (now for sale in my Etsy shop here)

My first rendition of this pattern was early on in my sewing experience, and made from a polyester crepe, which fought me every step of the way. But ever since then, making it with cottons, I've found it to be one of the easiest patterns out there. It's a great pattern for beginners and experienced seamstresses alike!

My 1840s dress is taking a little longer than planned; I didn't use a strong thread when I made the cartridge pleats, so I already had one of the pleating threads break. Very sad. Needless to say, we invested in several colors of button and craft thread, so now I've got to get the skirt and waistband redone. It shouldn't take long, especially since my pleat markings are still intact.
There's always something new to learn! :)

Happy Labor Day to all of you!
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  1. This is such a sharp dress! I love the blue linen accents.

  2. I am totally in LOVE with this fabric! Absolutely perfect for this dress. I have made that blouse before as part of its original dress and loved it, but yours look so perfect with the nautical style:)

  3. I think this is my second-favorite dress you've made! (The first favorite being the green-striped one....) The style is so classic, with just enough detail, and the fabric is so pretty! I picked up on the "rope" belt...perfect touch. I love how it is your "fishing" dress....the photo of you fishing is just adorable. :)

    From a friend who loves fishing too. :)

  4. What a splendidly sweet, classic, beautiful dress. I love that background colour is cream, not white. I have absolutely nothing against the classic nautical trio, of course, but this shade in place of white adds all the more interest (and "vintage-y-ness") to it, IMO.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. How annoying that your thread broke, but I'm always grateful to learn from mistakes and hopefully your pleats will be stronger and better executed because of it. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished dress!

  6. Ooooh, so neat that you melded patterns! Also, love the fishing, I think I found a post that'll get my husband engaged in vintage fashion blogging...:)

  7. This look wonderful, you always outdo yorself with your creations. Love the little accent bow. I am tying to get hold of Simplicity 1587, most in part to your renditions, but the pattern sales are proving elusive

  8. I really love all the little details of your makes ~ the belt, the bow and the darling anchor print fabric really make such a cohesive and gorgeous dress! You have such a great eye for detail, and it shows. Love it! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  9. What a wonderful dress, I love nautical garments and fabrics so much :-)

  10. OHMYSQUEEEEEEE!!! Ok, I am so loving this dress and think I need to drive to your house and steal it! Or at least just get some of the same fabric! What a fun idea, making a sailor dress to go fishing! You are so darling!


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