A Little Bit of 40’s

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When I saw this print fabric, I immediately thought of a 1940’s style dress. It may be the color scheme of the print that put me in a WWII mood. The print is really lovely; it is a floral print on top of a floral brocade. I just love fabrics with a lot going on. The trim fabric is silk taffeta. It started out as the gold color, and I dyed parts of it Midnight Blue using Procion dyes. I folded it and dipped part of the folded fabric into the dye to get the effect.

The pattern I used came from Burdastyle 8/2012. I chose the pattern because I like the sleeve and the insets at the waist. I made some fairly substantial changes to it, including adding the placket, flaring the skirt, and adding a lining.

Perhaps wear it for the upcoming US holiday. Can I wear short sleeves at Thanksgiving? I think I’ll give it a go.

fabric detail.  You can see the brocade weave under the print.

fabric detail. You can see the brocade weave under the print.

back view

back view

White silk crepe lining

White silk crepe lining

Sleeve Detail

Sleeve Detail

detail of the insets at the waist

detail of the insets at the waist

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19 Comments

  1. Joy
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 1:31 am | Permalink | Reply

    Jus so lovely .. the style AND that gorgeous fabric. Really love the unique neckline design, and the hem border adds a special finishing touch. Kudos on an absolutely wonderful job.

    ~Joy~

  2. Posted November 10, 2013 at 3:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh I really like this one!

  3. Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a wonderful combination of fabric and pattern- really femme sharp!

  4. Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    *LOVE* Love the colours and the style and combination of prints. Love it.

  5. Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the placket-it really adds interest. The fabric and the dress are perfect matches. You can totally wear short sleeves at Thanksgiving.

  6. Carolyn
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is absolutely stunning! I love the color combination and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving Day!

  7. 181261mns
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful dress. What’s not to love about this dress. You did a beatiful job and the sleeves are exquisite.

  8. 181261mns
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Marvelous job. The sleeves are exquisite.

  9. Shams
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful, Claudine! I really wish I could see the dyed fabric better. And those sleeves are To.Die.For!

    • Posted November 10, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Sorry, I don’t have any photos of my dyed yardage. I find that taking photos when I’m in the process of making something really breaks my flow.

    • Posted November 10, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      I just realized that I took a photo of the insets at the waist, but did not add it to the post. I just added it, so you can see a little more of the dyed fabric.

  10. Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    I like this one a lot too. I like short sleeves since I am the one cooking and I am always hot. That and I like to have a fire.

  11. Elizabeth
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! THis is just a stunner. Love it.

  12. Posted November 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t believe the range of color you got from the dye on the trim, especially those beautiful plums! I would have been tempted to pair the brocade with a solid color but it looks so beautiful with your dyed fabric.

  13. Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just love, love, love the dress and the contrast hand-dyed fabric.

  14. Sewkiwi
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 1:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    WOW – another fabulous amazing dress. Work of art.

  15. Posted November 11, 2013 at 6:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful dress. And when short sleeves are as fabulous as that you can wear them anytime 🙂

  16. Posted November 11, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    You most certainly can wear short sleeves on Thanksgiving and I hope you wear this beautiful dress. Lovely job!

  17. Kristin P.
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is a beautiful dress! I especially love the dyed contrast fabric. It is a subtle and perfect match to the print. I think it would be lovely for Thanksgiving!

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