When Rochelle of Lucky Lucille announced this sewalong, I knew I had to participate. I love patterns from the 40s and 50s, the artwork is always fabulous and the designs have such great details you almost never see on RTW nowadays.
I chose to make a mail order pattern, Marian Martin 9231, it doesn't have a date on it, nor on the postmark, but the design and detailing all points to somewhere in the late 40s, can anyone assist in an accurate date??
I was lucky enough to source this in my size so I didn't need to make any alterations aside from shortening the bodice as I am a shorty.
I was drawn to this pattern due to the button detailing that I thought was cute. I also liked the gathering at the top of the yoke on front and back.
It's a really different silhouette for me, I am not used to the blousing look that was common in the 40s, but I think I like it, and it's comfortable whilst allowing good arm movement.
The pattern pieces are the usual perforated pieces, but they still have all the markings, darts etc but just marked with holes. Once you get used to them they are actually pretty straightforward to use. The only thing to look out for is the extra pieces that may not be supplied that they ask you to draft up yourself, like belts or facings.
The buttonholes down the front are all bound and as the buttons now cover them completely and the dress has a side zipper, they are completely functionless I just had to show you that I did them!
A close up of some of the design details.
Look at these great zips I picked up at a thrift shop recently. I thought that invisible zips were a recent invention, but these are really old, the lady in the store thought they were from around the 40s. These are so much stronger than the plastic zips, but are super difficult to put in as they have no flexibility at all and the teeth are quite large so an invisible zipper foot doesn't work.
The pattern gave the option of hooks and eyes or a slide fastener, so in keeping with the times I used the old invisible zipper. I also pinked all the seams, so I feel I really made it keeping true to the times. The fabric was from my stash so all I bought were the buttons, not bad for make do and mend! I even made shoulder pads!!
Thanks Rochelle for making this a fun sewalong, I loved all the additional information about the 40s she posted. If you haven't already, check it out her posts here.