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Of course, this event was a really great excuse to finally get to sewing 40's clothing. From top to bottom, I made the bra and drawers as well :D Perhaps some pictures of the lingerie later on...
It's made from the Simplicity 3417 pattern. There was one piece missing when I got it, but it was only the neckfacingpiece. No problemo, I could make that myself. To spare the old pattern I traced it on paper and carefully measured it. The pattern said bust 34" and I'm a 36", so I was afraid it wouldn't fit. But after measuring I came to the conclusion that it would fit very well, because you have to gather it at the centerback into the skirt. And I always sneak in some ease at the seams, because I use a 1 cm seamallowance instead of 1,5 cm (0,5") as the pattern stated. But after sewing the skirtpieces together I noticed it was too big! Well, it fit, but just looked wrong. I just took it in a few centimeters to make it fit better. That worked and it looked much better.
The cotton fabric was a vintage find on a craft fair. I don't know how old it is, but I thought it had a forties vibe about it. The buttons are also vintage. I think they're from the 50's or 60's. Bought quite a lot of them (all different) a while back in a second-hand shop for only a few Euro's. The picture on the right is the bodice piece in making. The facings wasn't in place yet. The pattern is very easy to follow, there are a lot of drawings on how to sew it. The zipper (or slide-fastener) was a bit more tricky. In only a few sentences they explain on how to sew the zipper in place, so I had to re-read it to understand how to do it.
The belt was made from the same fabric and I covered a belt buckle in the same fabric. At first I thought the dress would look a bit psychedelic because of the colours and the flowers. But it worked out great and I love this dress!
I posted some pictures of it on the Vintage Patterns Wiki.