Wednesday, March 23, 2016

• 1940s Ensemble in Navy •

This gorgeous ensemble is my mom's most recent creation, and it's already a favorite! We both sewed outfits in red from the same patterns for vacation, but haven't photographed them yet.

She made this dress from fabric she purchased while we were on vacation. It is the loveliest quality fabric, nice and thick, and it doesn't wrinkle! The bolero is made from some interesting cotton twill-like fabric we had in our stash.

The bolero is made from a vintage 1940s pattern, the same one I used for my purple bolero. It is a very easy pattern to put together, and makes a very flattering, fun-to-wear garment! And you could easily change the look just by reshaping the revers, adding lace, etc.

She used Simplicity 1692 for the bodice of the dress, adding darts instead of tucks, altering the fit a little bit, and altering the neckline to be a sweetheart-shape, based off of another vintage pattern we have. The skirt is from Butterick 5951. It's so much fun being able to put different patterns together to achieve a new look! :)

A pearly belt buckle adds the perfect touch. We both *love* belt buckles with prongs. They are so comfortable to wear, and although it's a bit of a pain making eyelets for them, it's worth it for how secure the belts are. 

The neck edge, hem and revers are faced with contrasting fabric and slip-stitched in place. It's such a fun design! And the dress looks lovely with or without the bolero. It's the perfect sundress, and is so versatile for casual or dressy wear!

What a gorgeous dress, don't you think? 

Thanks for stopping by! :) Have a lovely week, and enjoy the springtime!! 

Meanwhile, don't forget about the sale going on in my Etsy shop, through March 31st. Use coupon code SPRINGTIME to save 20% off your purchase. :) 
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  1. Love this outfit. Have you worn the red/blue matching outfits together yet?

  2. So gorgeous! I love seeing both your and your mom's outfits on the blog. I like hearing about the belt buckle detail -- I was just trying to shop for the right kind for a 40s pattern I'm almost done with; I'm thinking now I should be daring and try for a pronged one. I think I should be able to brave an eyelet or two!

  3. What a pretty dress, Mrs. W! I love the colors, and all the high-quality details. Great job!!! And how sweet that you get two looks in one with the matching jacket. I bet you wear it a LOT this summer! :)

  4. Such a classic, beautiful outfit. I really like the matching floral print trim on the jacket. That enhances to the vintage feel of this handmade ensemble all the more.

    Many joyful Easter weekend wishes to you and your family,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. Such a pretty look! The little bolero is absolutely beautiful and such a useful little garment to finish off a look elegantly.

  6. Oh, your mom's outfits are as cute as yours Esther ~ I adore the blue floral print, and the little bolero is the perfect touch. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  7. Hello, I've been lurking your blog for a couple of weeks, and thought I should comment. All your work is so beautiful, and suits you so well. I especially love that you and your mother work together. One question - if they are not too old, and therefore unobtainable, can you tell me about the shoes she is wearing? Where did she get them? Thank you!

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thank you for commenting!! You are so kind! My mom's shoes are from Modcloth, but were purchased a couple of years ago. I don't know if they make the same style anymore or not. Hope you can find some that you like! :)
      Have a great week!


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