Earlier this year, I had the privilege to attend a swing dance in commemoration of Victory in Europe day. Of course I had to go dressed up in 1940's gig.
,My brother was going dressed as a sailor in commemoration of our great grandfather who was in the Navy during WWII. (By the way, if you haven't guessed, he is the cool dude in the pictures.) If you are interested in history, he blogs at Learning From History.
My outfit was made up of a dress I had made, heeled Mary Janes, seamed stockings, (click here for a tutorial of how to make your own), a string of fake pearls, a snood for my hair, and a hair flower.
This is the complete picture I showed above. Now to get on to what I want to talk about the dress I made. This dress is made from the pattern for Maria's Gazebo Dress from Edelwiess patterns. If you want to check out some amazing reproduction patterns based off of the Sound of Music click here. (By the way, Edelwiess patterns has an awesome blog. Check it out here.) Back to the dress, the exterior is made from an embroidered chiffon. My sash is made from a deep purple crepe backed satin, although I realize from this photo you probably don't realize it's purple. I used a gold colored apparel lining to line the chiffon shell. I was very glad to have a serger to do up the edges of the chiffon.
I would love to do this pattern again. I would probably loosen up the sleeve holes a little bit. For me they are a little constrictive. On the other hand, this pattern has fairly narrow shoulders that actually fit me! I would also even out the skirt hem. I think something must have gone wrong when I shortened the skirt pieces. Other than that, this pattern was a delight to use.
I will leave you with a picture of this dress in action on the dance floor, (well basketball court.)
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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