I have finished my Sew For Victory dress. Slightly rushed as I needed to finish it before the Easter holidays - unless I could persuade the kids that watching Mum sew on their Easter break was a really, really exciting way to spend the day!
The dress is Simplicity 1587, a 1940's reproduction pattern. There were quite a few processes in this pattern (lots of pleats and gathers), and as I was making it I was wondering whether a 1940's seamstress would have considered it the norm to have so many fiddly bits to do, whereas if I come across a pattern with bust AND waist darts I give a little sigh!
I'm afraid I hadn't read Rochelle's post before cutting out the fabric. It appears polyester was not available in the 1940's and I think this fabric is polyester with a capital P. I have to say though I have been punished enough by this fabric. It was like sewing a sponge! It would not hold a crease, any attempt at ironing seams flat either did nothing or resulted in black marks if I even attempted to turn the iron up a little bit, and I managed to snag the fabric when putting it on my dress form, Merle, due to an errant pin.
Construction photo of the front bodice pleats - no amount of pins was too much for this fabric.
Still, the fabric does drape beautifully!
The button is an odd one found in my charity shop button tin - so I've no idea whether it is modern or vintage but the chances are it is pretty old.
Final bloggy pose showing my attempt at the 1940's hair and makeup. Think I may tone it down for the school run........!