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Saturday, October 4, 2014

· Kathryn's Maroon Dress ·


Last weekend, we traveled down to TN with Kathryn to attend the Remembering WWII event down in Linden.  It was a blast, and I look forward to sharing more about it later!  For now, here's a post on the dress Kathryn wore to the event. :-)

This is the second version of Simplicity 1587 that I made Kathryn (first one is over here!), and we made a few slight tweaks to the fit on this one to get the shoulders to fit better. :-)

Also, Kathryn wanted a 6-gore skirt on this one instead.  


The dress is made from a maroon rayon fabric that Kathryn found at a local quilt shop that was going out of business and snagged it for just $2/yd!


Elasticized shirring on the sleeves

Ugh, and her hair!!!  I really want to be Asian. ;-)


The dress features a pleated yoke with a decorative bow, and closes on the side with a zipper and the back neck has a keyhole opening.


Kathryn says this is her favorite 1940s dress so far, and I can see why! :-)

This pattern looks so cute no matter what fabric is used!!
(Well, it doesn't hurt that Kathryn can pull off the 1940s so well! ;-))

22 comments:

  1. Great job, Lily! That color is smashing on Kathryn. I'm fond of that pattern too! I bought some cute old feed sacks on etsy & I'm planning on making this dress with them. :) Ugh! I'm jealous of those gorgeous tresses as well! ;)

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    1. That sounds so cute! Hope it turns out well for you! :-)

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  2. So pretty! I find yoked dresses to be one of my favorite styles from that era. And the color complements her so well, lovely! You never cease to amaze me :)
    ~Theresa

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! You're so sweet! :-)

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  3. *happy, happy, happy* I find myself scheming 1940s parties exclusively for the purpose of wearing this dress.

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    1. And also... I'm pretty sure that I went to TN with you, not the other way around... :-)

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    2. OK, OK.... "We went down to TN with Kathryn *in tow*." There- is that better? ;-)

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    3. It is certainly a more accurate way to phrase it. ;-)

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  4. Beautiful dress! The color is perfection!

    Sarah

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, that color is marvelous on her, isn't it?!

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  5. I remember her shoes from an earlier post; where did she get them (they are gorgeous)? I want to try a tie neck pattern, but I need more of a scoop neck to flatter me; do you have any pattern suggestions?

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    1. Livia, her shoes are Aris Allens- http://www.dancestore.com/8080-BR-aris-allen-womens-brown-faux-suede-three-buckle-heeled-dance-shoe.aspx

      Would something like this be more like what you have in mind? I realize it's not technically a tie neck, though... http://www.pinterest.com/pin/83387030576407741/

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  6. That is such a beautiful dress! She definitely can do the 1940s very well. I am starting this very dress today, so we'll see how it goes!!
    Lovely job, as always!

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    1. Thanks, Esther! Hope it turns out well for you! :-)

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  7. Amazing. I like the color, it complements her very well!

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  8. AWESOME!!!! You girls inspire me so much! I just wish I had more time for sewing.

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  9. This is gorgeous! I especially love the sleeve detail! Also your hair is marvelous!!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  10. I made dresses for my daughter and me from this pattern!

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  11. This is such a beautiful dress and Kathryn fits right in when it comes to 1940's attire. I'm about to tackle this dress myself, and I was wondering if you could give any advice on altering the shoulders as I've read other people had to do the same- also, any tips on changing the skirt to six gore?

    Warmest,
    Ali xx

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    1. Ali,

      I'm so sorry about the delay in responding to you! Kathryn has very square shoulders, so the pattern fit her beautifully. I have rather sloped shoulders myself so when I made one, I added shoulder pads to achieve a flattering look. I had tried a previous version where I altered the pattern and was not pleased with the result... I hope you can find a good solution for yours! :-)

      For the skirt- we just used a completely different 1940s pattern rather than altering the Simplicity pattern.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

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