Sew For Victory – 1946 Hollywood Bird Dress

March 30, 2013


Here it is! My final Sew For Victory dress inspired by a 1946 Hollywood Pattern that I bought from The Blue Gardenia. I had originally planned to make a different dress, but when I saw the fabric featured on the front of the pattern I knew this was the one. I never would have pictured this fabric in the 1940’s, yet there it was. It’s such a beautiful print. Thanks to Spoonflower and Photoshop, I recreated the design and did my best to bring this dress back to life.










The print isn’t an exact copy, but I’m still rather proud with the way it turned out. I made two significant changes to the dress pattern by altering the neck line and exchanging the back zipper for a key hole with a button and loop closure, but other than that the pattern is the original shape. I’m not thrilled with the way the centered zipper looks at the side, but I am happy with how my self drafted neck facing turned out. I used a whip stitch on the bottom hem (my first time doing so) and it’s not perfect but it’s mostly invisible so I’m happy with that, too. Also a first for me was using shoulder pads in a dress! I’m so glad I went with the 1/4 inch size because they’re pretty incognito, yet still give the right structure. The fabric content is organic cotton sateen which I’m very pleased with as far as weight and drape. I’ve made this print available on Spoonflower for anyone else who’d like to make this dress.

I put so much pressure on myself to make this vision become a reality so I’m truly relieved to have finished it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this dress, but I felt it sort of looming over me for the majority of the sew along. Do you ever have sewing projects like that? Regardless, it’s finished and I’m happy so it’s time to move on to the next project. Sew For Victory has been a blast and I can’t describe how happy it’s made me to sew along with so many amazing seamstresses who are interested in my favorite era. You are all amazing.

Sew For Victory wraps up on the 1st of April so get your finished project photos to the Flickr pool! I’ll be collecting everyone’s pictures and including them in one big SFV parade post soon.

Have a great weekend,


shoes: payless, belt: Goodwill, hair: voguewigs (length altered by me)