Thursday, November 1, 2018

• 1940s Floral Evening Gown •

This is probably one of my favorite posts of the whole year!  This gown was another one of my projects for Remembering WWII, and I absolutely love it.  But then, I love evening gowns, so........ :)

I purchased this pattern from Lady Marlowe Patterns on Etsy last year, with the intent of turning it into a fabulous little rayon day dress, and eventually an evening gown.  It took a while to come to fruition (as always), but I finally did make the evening gown, and it really worked out well!  The pattern is for a day length dress, obviously, but with just flaring and lengthening the skirt (by about 12.7 feet, you know....), it turned into a very fun evening length dress.

Oh, and you really can't see them, but I promise I am wearing my Royal Vintage Marilyn pumps with this dress.  ;)  I can't wait to add to my RVS collection, they are all by far my favorite shoes ever!

The dress features an asymmetrical design with a right shoulder yoke and gathers, echoed by a "midriff panel" on the left bodice that also extends into the skirt.  I did not make a mockup of this pattern at all (hello, time squeeze), so I was super leery of how it would turn out, but it really did work well!  I just love the sleeves on here as well; the ruching adds such a fun detail!

I had been saving this rhinestone belt buckle for years, and it finally found its perfect home.  :)

I also discovered that belting works so well for rayon fabric-covered belts!  I have made a rayon belt just using my interfacing method (see post here) in the past, but being it was made of rayon, it ended up stretching/wrinkling a bit.  I am definitely a fan of belting, especially if you can find the webbed sort as opposed to the commonly available solid, very stiff variety. 

Not only did my "V" brooch match the belt buckle, but it seemed quite appropriate for the USO show at RWWII.  :)  That whole event was SUCH a blast, and it was just an amazing experience to be able to have a small part in it.  I met so many amazing veterans, I wish I could spend so much more time with them!

Among other highlights, I was able to catch a ride in this tank as the belly gunner after one of the battles, and that may or may not be one of the highlights of my entire life from now on.  ;D

As for the location for these pictures, my mom and I were headed to opening night at our local philharmonic when we passed this glorious line of trees on both sides of the street.  We pulled in, parked, and took pictures on what ended up being the sidewalk in a local park!  It made a gorgeous backdrop, and I was thrilled that the one-way street it was on was facing the same direction I was, so I did not have to see any gawkers.  ;)  I really, really feel uncomfortable when there are an abundance of people looking on when we are taking pictures, but it is often unavoidable unless we are in our own backyard!  The leaves are gone off of these pretty little trees now, but it was a perfect location at the time.  And we made it back to the car right as some horrendous winds and rain started!  Score!  :)

Thanks for visiting, and for all your sweet comments of late on all my blog posts!  Contrary to what one might think, I have not had time to blog (or sew, or......anything) for the past month; I had one free day last month in which I penned them all and scheduled them to automatically post.  It has, in fact, been one of the most incredibly hectic and emotional months in a long time; the week that we got back from Remembering WWII, our church had revival meetings each night, so that meant racing straight from work to church every night.  A day and a half later we received news that my grandma had passed away, so we immediately headed to Minnesota for a week to spend time with my dear grandpa and of course to be there for the funeral.  As we pulled back into town from that trip, we got a call letting us know that my sister had passed away that very afternoon, very unexpectedly and very suddenly.  She was not in good health, but the reason for her passing was not stemming from her health problems, so it was a huge shock.  Needless to say, the next two weeks were very hectic and full of emotion with planning of her funeral and so forth.  So all in all, October has come and gone right before our eyes, in a very different way than we had planned it!  We were to have been at a couple of reenactments and an out-of-state antique meet having a grand old time, but the Lord had other plans.  He knew my grandma was going to pass when she did, and had me schedule time off of work for another event during that week, which was a huge blessing.

All that to say, thank you again for your sweet words!  :)  I'm hoping to get back to some sewing soon, along with a busy work schedule, trying to practice the piano more than I have been, reorganizing the sewing areas in our house, and just everyday life.  We'll see how it goes!

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  1. That dress is so beautiful! I love the fabric and the color suits you. Where did you get it? I would love to make a dress with that fabric.

  2. Really lovely evening gown, the detailing in the pattern really suits the fabric and same with how you styled it - well done. So sorry about the rough times but at least the dark times make the lighter ones all the more brighter. Hope things start to look up for you.

    Jennie from

  3. Your dress is fabulous!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother at this sad time


  4. You look so beautiful in that dress!! I love the ruching and the belt you made too.

    I was shocked to read the end of your lovely post and had to re-read it. I was so sorry to read about your grandma and sister. It must be so painful for you & your family and even more to lose them both days apart.

    Prayers & hugs, Dee

  5. I think I need to always read an entire post. I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your grandma. Grandmothers are so special. I will be praying for all of you.

  6. You look absolutely stunning!!!

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Thinking of you and your family.


  7. So sorry to read of all the recent tragedy in your life. I hope you are able to find some comfort in sewing time and work and family and the piano. You look beautiful in that lovely dress! I hope that you get lots of chances to wear it.

  8. Another lovely dress. You always manage to find such perfect fabrics. So sorry to hear about your recent family losses - will be thinking of you.

  9. Dear Esther,

    I recently was introduced to your blog, and it turns out that I actually got a chance to see you wearing this lovely dress in person! I even snapped a picture of you and your Mom Saturday evening at Remembering WWII! I would like to send it to you if we can work out a means to accomplish that...

    Also that weekend I worked in one of the home-front kitchen scenarios with your Mom! :)

    I am very sorry for your recent loss...You and your mother will be in my prayers.

    I look forward to frequenting your blog more...

    In Christ, Katherine

  10. Wow, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandma and your sister in such a short, unexpected span of time...will be praying for you, I'm sure it's been a very difficult time to go through. Really makes you stop and think how much we need to remember and remind others that we know not what shall be on the morrow, and to seek the Lord while it's today.

  11. Classic yet classy floral gown. Thank you for sharing this.


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