|Pattern Description: |
1940s House dress with snap front closure. Diamond shaped patch pockets, rick rack trim. Princess seams. All 9 sizes included.
There are 9 sizes in this pattern, so you can easily meld between sizes and get the fit you want. The pattern measurements and the finished measurements are listed on the outside of the pattern. I sewed by the finished measurements, choosing a 36" bust, 32" waist and 43" hip. The dress is roomy on me, especially in the waist and hips. I would say that the measurements given are absolutely correct. roomy fit
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it is a distinctive pattern and recognizable. I changed only a few things and still retained the look.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very clear; the illustrations are large, clear and easy to read; there is white space between steps which I like as it allows the eyes to rest. I followed the directions exactly, and only paused once. The neck band dart is trimmed and that method was new to me. I loved the result-very neat finish. neckline
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
First of all, I don't normally wear vintage inspired fashion. But this housedress has called to me for years. I love the princess seams, the square neckline, and the snaps running the length of the dress. I was not happy with the sleeves, and knew that I'd have to adjust for them as I am very petite. In the end, I sewed them as directed, and promised myself I'd do cap sleeves on my next version.
Stash cotton which looked suspiciously like it came from the bedding department. I know I had sheets like this, along with some Laura Ashley sheets in the 70s. ??? The trim is some scraps and the facings are from my stash of red tag fun prints. I had to buy snaps.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Removed 3 1/2" total length, taking some above the waist and some below.
2. Refused to add rick rack...sorry to all the rick rack fans. It just doesn't work on my clothing.
3. Trimmed a teeny bit of sleeve away and could trim a teeny bit more.
4. 7 snaps instead of 9 and are at 2.75" intervals rather than 3-3.5"
5. I faced the pockets and folded them so the contrast fabric would show. I then placed them at and angle and in an area most flattering to me. I have polygon pockets rather than straight diamond pockets. polygon pockets
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I love it and want to update the look a little bit. The sleeves on me have got to go! I highly recommend this dress to others who are looking for easy care and easy wear casual hang out clothing.
I like it. I don't love it and I am a little uncomfortable with it being so vintage as in costume. But it is a wonderful pattern which is drafted well and it deserves another chance from me. I love the princess lines and the neckline.
I have an appointment in a few hours and I got dressed and did my makeup and hair. Then grabbed this out of the closet, snapped it on without touching my hair or makeup, and did a few chores around the house. OMG! What a GREAT idea. Loose, easy to put on and take off, can wear all your "underpinnings" with it. I felt ready for the day instead of slumping around in some sweats or a tee and shorts. I'm sold on this idea! 1943 Joy of Cooking