Monday, November 14, 2011

1940s Cocktail Dress in Blue

I am quite sure that I will be sick and tired of the cold weather soon enough, but for now, it is an excuse to pull out all of the dresses that have been patiently waiting for the temperature to drop!

I sewed this dress using a reproduction pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library (the original pattern was Hollywood 1449).  I highly recommend the company as a wonderful resource for vintage reproduction patterns.  The patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper, and seam allowances are clearly marked, as are all notches and darts necessary to construct the garment.  So there are no more excuses for anyone that might be overwhelmed by the thought of an unprinted vintage pattern – VPLL has done the work for you.  More information about the actual construction may be found over at Pattern Review.

There are so many lovely little details to be found in this pattern.  I have plans to make the peplum version in a bright colored print one of these days, but the short sleeve version is also calling out to me!  Oh, whatever shall I do?  Perhaps I should stop daydreaming and finish the jacket that is currently in pieces, waiting for a few bound buttonholes.

I have so many visions of fantastic frocks (who needs sugar plum faeries when you have velvet and lace?!), but not enough time to sew them. 

Dress: Made by me, VPLL F1149.
Hair Ornament:  Made by me.
Earrings:  Antique fan earrings from Shadows
Shoes:  Seychelles “Little Owl” in Navy Suede
Fishnets:  Mervyns


  1. It's gorgeous! I want one - I just don't know when I'd wear it (just moved countries, don't have any friends or family nearby and hence nothing remotely needing a cocktail dress to go to).

  2. @Emma Emma - If you make one, I promise you will find an opportunity to wear it, even if it is just to the grocery store!

  3. I love it! It is a fantastic pattern and looks beautiful in blue. I also have to say that I adore your shoes!

  4. Beautiful dress. The shade of blue is gorgeous.

  5. Classic and chic! Very wearable today! What a cool pattern. :-)