Vintage Sewing – 1940s Dress – Simplicity 3196

I bought this pattern a few months back and was waiting on the right fabric to make it up but, as usual, I got impatient last weekend. I had some very soft lightweight rayon crepe in my stash so I pulled out the black and decided to give it a try without any adjustments to the pattern. (Horrifying, I know!) I quickly realized I didn’t have enough of the black so I decided to colorblock with the the blue. I wasn’t sure if the colors worked but went ahead as a) I fully expected this to not work out and b) I was just desperate to sew anything.

The pattern is a vintage size 14, 32″ bust so I anticipated it being too small for me and decided to halve all the seam allowances. I just wasn’t thinking of all the panels and that I only needed an inch or two extra not four! Of course I only realized this after sewing the front and back together so I just took in the side seams a few inches in the end. It is still a little too big but with a belt I think it works fine. It also allowed me to forgo the side zipper and just add the one at the back neckline. I did use an invisible zipper though (shudders) but the vintage gods have yet to strike me down. Yet.

Overall I’m really happy with how this turned out and I love the colors together! I love the sleeves, they’re so drapey with the perfect amount of puff. They’re a little bit droopy at the shoulders but I think it’s because the fabric has no structure and there should be some sort of shoulder padding in there. I added the bow at the last minute and may still tweak that a bit. The mother of pearl belt buckle I had in my stash from when I last visited my family in Michigan. I found a whole stock pile of them at an antique mall.


Vintage Knitting: 1942 Red, White, and Blue

This sweater has been a labor of love for four years now. As soon as I saw the stripes and the Peter Pan collar I was sold. knit it in flag colors smart jumper

The pattern is from Australian Woman’s Weekly on June 13, 1942, “Knit It In Flag Colors Smart Jumper.”

It was supposed to be knit in fingering weight yarn but I was a little scared of that idea back then so I did some math and re-wrote the pattern for sport weight wool instead. (I used Knit Picks Stroll yarn.) It fits really well but I had some trouble initially with the collar. First, I made it way too large and then when I made a new one in the right size my pins rusted during blocking and left horrible orange stains all over! I removed the collar and hung it in the closet for the past two years. I finally decided I had to finish it before starting any new sweater projects only to find out that my white yarn had turned into cream on the sweater! And of course my saved skein of white yarn was still white. What is going on?! Something doesn’t want me to finish this. But I did it anyway. Hopefully over time my white collar ages to match the rest of the sweater. You can’t tell it in the photos but the collar is bright white and the body of the sweater is almost a creamy yellow. 1942 red white and blue 1942 red white and blue 1942 red white and blue 1942 red white and blue 1942 red white and blue