My latest sewing project is finished! Well, nearly. While I was putting up some of my vintage on my Etsy store I noticed a certain need for more dressy 30s frocks. I sew so much sportswear, separates, and casual cotton dresses that I noticed I really need to make more dressy 30s frocks! The fabric I used for this project I bought years ago at the Vintage Fashion Expo in Santa Monica. I loved the colors but it was so busy that I couldn’t decide on a project. When looking through my patterns I found this NRA era one (Simplicity 1692) and thought instantly that the big white color would provide enough of a focal point to detract from the busy print and not make any of the fun style lines get lost! I only wish I had enough fabric to make a matching bolero.
The buttons are bakelite, that I removed from an old sweater (they just didn’t match), but I just ordered some vintage large brown buttons shaped like flowers so I think I might replace the ones I have on the dress now with them and save the bakelite ones for another project down the line. The belt buckle is also vintage, and the collar is ivory silk charmeuse, which was a pain to pleat, and then I realized later I put it on backward from how shown on the illustration. Oops? I still like it anyways :)
I feel very “middle class tries to be upper class”, and when I got all dressed up I purposefully put on more accessories than I needed and told my husband that I was doing my best “Stella Dallas” lol! But I really do love it, and since the fabric is vintage it really does feel just like wearing an original dress. I’m going to be extra careful when I wear this one, though!