I love how my Sew for Victory dress has turned out! I finished my 1940s Swing Dress from Sense and Sensibility patterns for the Sew for Victory Sewalong last week but found it a bit tricky to find time for photos. If you’re catching up check out my previous post. I’ve been playing around with my camera a bit and tried to tell a bit of a story with these photos. I quite like how they’ve turned out but please let me know what you think.
The dress was a dream to make. The instructions are not clear at all unfortunately but there is a post on Casey’s Elegant Musings from her sewalong for this dress with some pretty good instructions that do help. The yolk in particular is a bit confusing to sew but once I’d figured it was very easy. In the end I threw away the instructions and read Casey’s post and then just made it up as I went along. I’m delighted with the style. It’s very flattering. I think I’ll make another few in my sewing lifetime!
I used bias binding to finish the seams and hemmed it using my blind hem foot. I probably could have left another inch or so in the hem to be more appropriate for 1940s style. However, I think I’ll get more wear out of the dress if I have it just above the knee.
I tried to get the 1940s look using MAC Russian Red lipstick and simple makeup otherwise. I just used a brown eyebrow pencil, mascara and foundation otherwise. I have pretty curly hair which I brushed out to achieve the 1940s look. However it just turned into a crazy frizzy mess so I recurled the top layer and then brushed lightly through the curls.
I considered making a yellow crochet flower brooch to fasten the front of the dress similar to this one on Ravelry. In the end though I felt that a brooch I already owned was a better fit for this dress. I received this brooch as a present from my Dutch granddad a few years ago. I’ve had it a few years and use it a lot. I also use it when I wear my Nanook closed across the shoulders. I’m not exactly sure how old it is but it’s a very pretty flower design.
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.