Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1840s to 1940s

I've been participating in living history events in the Bay Area this past year and finally got around to make myself a wool crepe dress for 1940s civilian.  The dress is actually two seperate pieces and I have enough wool left over to make the matching bolero! I need to shorten the skirt a little more but overall I am really pleased how it came out.  I never sewed with wool crepe before and it was lovely to sew.  I also made shoulder pads using the directions with the pattern and they were the perfect size to give a nice shape to the shoulders without looking like a line backer!  The hat I am wearing is vintage and the pocket square is my grandmother's who was training to be a nurse during World War II.  
Photo by Dave Nelson
Edited to add: I made the matching bolero June 2014.

1 comment:

  1. That is adorable. I have the same pattern. I've used the Bolero Jacket but haven't made the entire dress! You look great. I'm a huge fan of WWII been working on my sequel to The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress. I do a little blogging about sewing too, but mostly swing dancing :) I will poke around and get inspired by your projects :)

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