New Vintage Lady, or Lady Day on the Fedora Lounge, had a great idea to make July Make and Mend Month! I’m sure we’re all overflowing with fabric and patterns, and don’t even get me started on the *cough*two bins*cough* of things I need to repair. I know it’s the motivation I need to get some more things made. Maybe you would like to participate, too? There’s all sorts of options from mending to making something to someone else, to using fabric you already have.
Out of the depths of the fabric stash comes this project. This dress has been on my to-make list for at least five years. I *think* I bought the striped yardage at the Vintage Fashion Expo eons ago and I just happened on the blue vintage yardage that matched at an estate sale- one of those ones you wish you could go back to years later since it’s where I got most of my mad stash of old metal zippers and seam binding, and other odds and ends (including the vintage beach chair and umbrella we used in our photoshoot for the latest pattern!).
The pattern I used for this was McCall 4070, which I think was one of the very first 1940s patterns I purchased. I just LOVE this pattern, and having made it up I think I love it even more! I always want those smart summer frocks with a tailored twist that were especially popular in the early 1940s, but for some reason I never find the excuse to make them. Now that I have made one I certainly want more!
I even have the perfect hat to go with this ensemble! An off white straw with brown band, a lucky Etsy find.
This whole ensemble feels very Rita Hayworth to me! Here she is in a striped ensemble during WWII, broadcasting with Fred MacMurray.
The photo above was borrowed from an awesome blog called Film Noir Photos, by Mark A Clark.
In other news, I recently re-discovered the Vintage Pattern Wiki. When I first found it I posted several of my patterns on there, but, as usually happens, I got distracted and didn’t update for a long while. I’m been trying to go through my blog and add some pictures of things I’ve made from patterns.
And many thanks to New Vintage Lady for alerting me that my newest pattern, Sunkissed Sweetheart, was featured in the Etsy feature, “It’s a Shore Thing”! Oh my gosh, I’m so excited and quite surprised! It’s so fun to have been chosen, and I feel beyond honored :D
So I guess that’s all the news here! Hope you all are having a great week!
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