The vintage bug bit me a long time ago, but late this fall and early winter I actually sewed a vintage dress! I think I have Pleasantview Schoolhouse to thank for inspiring me, and Joanna to thank for leading me to PVSH through her list of blogs. Thank you!
Here's the pattern I used, Simplicity 2617, from around the late 1930's or early 1940's. I made the style on the right. Even though technically it should be too small for me, I had to adjust it so that it wasn't too large!
And here we have the finished dress!
It is sewn in a bright, peacock blue cotton poplin, which was a bit finicky. After making this, I found out that a "slide fastener" is actually a zipper, not the little hook and eyes I used. Even my grandma (who might have sewn a dress from this pattern, back in the days) was confused by the term. Now I know, which is good, as I'm planning another dress.
I really like the French cuffs, and the large collar is fun! Definitely vintage. I did leave out the recommended shoulder pads...
The dress is graciously modeled by my duct tape dress form, which needs a name (maybe). Any suggestions?