As I mentioned a while ago, after previously being adamantly opposed to fashions of the decade, I decided to give the 1940s a fair chance in the last few months.
I half-way succeeded last fall, but after making that dress, I was inspired to try again and get closer to a complete success! Well, I think I succeeded! I am closer to liking this dress than I ever thought I'd be! ;-)
The number one change I knew I wanted to make was lengthening the skirt. I feel like knee-length is definitely not my best length and I'm so much happier with this length- it feels much more natural!
The second change I knew I needed was to make, *gulp*, shoulder pads. Ugh.
I've always had a major dislike for shoulder pads, and emphasized shoulders are one thing I've always hated about the 1940s. However, I do have sloping shoulders, so just a little bit of padding really helps the whole look become more flattering! What's up with that?! ;-)
I'm glad I've made peace with shoulder pads, but I still don't think I'll be making them a regular occurrence. ;-)
The final change I wanted to make in my 40s look was 3/4 length sleeves. I don't think 1940s short sleeve styles are terribly flattering on me, plus it's nice to have a more "cold weather" dress. :-)
Even though Butterick 5951 isn't in their "retro" collection, it looked suspiciously 1940s to me, and I wanted to give it a try. This fabric, with such a busy print, certainly isn't the most ideally suited fabric for showcasing the details, but I'm a bit hesitant about all the gathering anyway so I like how subtle it is. :-)
The shoulders have gathering and the front darts are gathered on the side.
I love the way the collar is formed by an extension of the front piece!
Rather than putting in the recommended back zipper, I made a back keyhole opening and used a side zipper (my favorite!).
I wasn't sure whether to go with a matching or contrasting belt, but I'm so glad I settled on matching!
These 4 vintage buttons hide in the dress a bit, but I kind of prefer them like that. :-) There were exactly four of them, so it seemed meant to be!
This 1940s hat happened to be at a local antique shop (it's very unusual to find pre-1950s hats locally!), and I'm so glad that I picked it up even though I was in my anti-1940s phase! It's just perfect. :-)
· Photos by Kathryn ·