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Altering a vintage dress pattern

I’m going to be altering a vintage dress pattern I have been hanging on to for several years.  It is from one of my favorite decades of the 20th century, the 40’s.  The 40’s provided some of the most flattering and practical daywear looks for women.  Restrictions on fabric due to WWII led to shorter skirts and trimmer silhouettes and the designs were practical because more women were in the workforce than ever before.  I’m not as big a fan of the evening wear of the era but the day dresses are fantastic.  I’m going to be adapting this pattern.

Look at these ladies, they are ready to go!  I’m pretty sure the one in the blue dress is going to plant some tomatoes in her victory garden while the lady in red is going downtown to buy a hat.

The pattern has a 25″ waist which is too small for me so I’m having to size the pattern up.  Then I will make a mock up in a cheap muslin and after that will come the real dress.  My goal is to have it finished for summer.   Stay tuned for more updates on this project.

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