Recently I saw this pattern pop up on Etsy in a size 36, and I knew I had to have it!
Cute pockets, gathers and ric-rac trim? Yes please!
I believe it dates to the late 1940s, possibly even 1950 due to the font and hair style.
I’ve started to get patterns in a 36 inch bust instead of 38 or 40, in the hope i’ll grade them up a size or two. This dress begged to be sewn up in some smashing floral quilting fabric, so deep breath in…
And the re-sizing worked! (because not much was needed, hehe).
When I made the muslin, I realised there was a heck of a lot of ease in the bust, so the only places I needed to enlarge were the hips (to enlarge, split the skirt piece from hem to waist line, and spread the pattern apart the amount you need – re-trace a new piece and viola).
I also did a sway-back adjustment to stop any gaping on the wrap back.
My favourite element is the cute little pockets with ric-rac trim – I’m sure you all know about my current obsession with that beloved trim by now. The fabric is quilter’s cotton (DS Quilts 2011) that I bought from Spotlight last year on sale. (I ended up buying all this print I could get my hands on).
The back button is a vintage mother-of-pearl button from the stash.
Would I make this pattern again? Possibly, but I have a few other house-dress patterns I’d like to try first.
Would I recommend it? Of course! Make a muslin first… I promise to post really soon about some pockets, and I’ll include the instructions for making these ones.
Were there any issues? Nope.
Did it meet my 1940’s Wearable Wardrobe criteria? It might be a bit casual for work, but it’s great to run around in on the weekend – so I vote yes.
Did I stash bust? Yes! At last!
Shoes: Miss L Fire Pompeii green.
Bakelite Bangles: Etsy