But first, I should mention- I’m a 2012 Contributor for Sew Weekly! This week the first challenge was to post about our favorite garment from 2011. I dithered a bit and chose Terra Incognita. She’s pretty, she’s comfy, and I wear her all the time. I’m excited by all the ideas for this year’s themes and it’s been interesting “meeting” the other contributors. I never knew Brisbane had so many other sewing bloggers! We’ll have to talk meetups later this year, for sure.
Lately, I find I’m drawn to weird 1940’s dresses, especially those that hold the promise of using little fabric (even less when I shorten the skirt), looking cute and feeling comfy.
What is this? Square inset? Double collars? Why? Is this what happens when wartime rationing forces you to use whatever bits and pieces of fabric you have to hand? I’m not sure this is wearable today…
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Is it plain old hideous, or an ingenious design restricted by rationing? I do like shoulder tucks and the fly front is kind of cool. I wonder if it would look better sans beret?
If I look at this any longer, I’ll be tempted to make it- just to see if it “works.”
This I can wear. I like the unexpected neckline on and otherwise simple frock. Note the gathers for the skirt are concentrated in the centers front and back, which would create a slimmer silhouette. I like the black dress’ belt buckle. Yes, I could easily see this in the floral printed linen I have lying around here… Or the navy and white spotted rayon from someone’s de-stash.
This envelope back is my desktop right now. I can’t stop thinking about this dress. It’s simple, and it’s weird. With the gored back, kimono sleeve top and drapey front, I’m sure this would be flattering. What if I mixed fabrics?
Do you think these dresses have any possibilities, or do I spend too much time on Vintage Pattern Wiki?