|Pattern Description: Hollywood 1449: This dress features tight gathering at the neckline, and short cap sleeves, or bracelet sleeve options. Skirt may be made plain, with center front jabot/cascade skirt, or with gathered peplum.|
SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Crepe, Silk, Rayon, Voile, Heavy Cottons
Pattern Sizing: 36" bust, 39" hips
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It sure does.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are well written, but they are from a vintage pattern, so not everything is spelled out. I would not suggest this as a first or second project, unless you have something with some vintage pattern experience to help out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Clearly I like the pattern because I already made a blue version without the peplum.
The neckline corners are cut and gathered into a circle. Sewing this technique is a bit awkward, but the finished product it fun and unlike anything I have come across before.
But I was intrigued by the peplum, so I sewed up another version.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Since I made the dress previously, I did make a couple of fit changes.
First, I shortened the sleeves by 2". And I also shortened the skirt by a 1".
I added grosgrain ribbon to the peplum to break up the busy print, and added a bow at the neckline to pull in a bit more purple. My first idea was to add two bows at each side of the neckline in place of dress clips, but it looked too cutesy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am not sure I need a third version, although the short sleeved drape dress may call out to me at some point in the future.
If you are looking for a fun 1940s pattern, this is a great place to start.
Conclusion: I am so pleased that I finally found a use for this crazy fabric!
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs and Lace.