In Sewing

1940s Marian Martin Dress and Giveaway


This gorgeous sewing pattern came to me courtesy of Judy from Vintage4me2 on eBay. Judy has a seriously impressive collection of vintage sewing patterns and needle art transfers, not to mention she’s a top rated seller! Judy contacted me with an interest in sponsoring the next Sew For Victory (which I’m thrilled about!) and agreed to let me review one of her patterns and host a little giveaway for all of you in the mean time. How sweet!


I had my choice of any pattern in her entire collection and happened to fall in love with this original WWII era mail order dress. It was this fantastic detail at the waist that really did me in. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!



I love making 1940’s wartime dresses because it’s the best excuse to use quilting cotton for garment sewing. I know a lot of  people frown upon using quilting cotton for anything but quilting, but I obviously think that’s silly.



I was avoiding this side snap closure like the plague since I’ve never done one before, and seriously put it off until there was nothing else left to do on this dress. I don’t know why I was so intimidated by them since they’re really not bad, just time consuming. A huge thanks to Esz for helping me through it! Part of the reason why I sew vintage is to learn new things, so I’m happy I skipped the zipper on this one.





This dress is, by far, my most favorite thing I’ve ever made! I love it so, so much. Thank you Judy for giving me the opportunity to sew such a gorgeous piece of history!



Would you like a chance to win a little piece of history, too? I thought so.

All you need to do is visit Judy’s shop: here and pick your favorite item. Then on that item page in the top right corner (above “seller information”) click to share your favorite via email, facebook, twitter, or pinterest! Be sure to tag me so I can see you’ve shared something from Vintage4me2 (@luckylucilletm on twitter and @luckylucille on facebook and pinterest). Please let me know if you have questions.

Don’t forget to leave me one comment saying where you shared your favorite item! 

One random winner will receive a $20.00 USD store credit to use towards any item of their choice!

This giveaway will close on Sunday the 30th at 10:00pm EST, and the winner will be announced on Monday July 1st.

Good Luck!!