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!!

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  • Alesha
    June 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I love the attention to detail on 1940’s era dresses. Yours is no exception! It is positively lovely! Wonderful job.

    It was so very hard to choose only one favorite from the vintage4me2 shop, but this one beat the rest for me. The scallops, shoulder gathers, buttons, and bow detail – fabulous! I pinned it here:

  • Megan
    June 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I think this one is my fave:

  • Kim Leavens
    June 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Just found your blog..yipee!!! Love it 🙂 I pinned quite a few and shared this one to fb and tagged you. Thank you for this super giveaway !!

  • Angie
    June 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I think I want all of them… I like pattern shopping. This one was my fav:

  • Melli Bee
    June 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    This dress is just too cute, I pinned it here:

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  • Anthea
    June 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Your dress is beautiful. The color suits you very well!

    I ended up pinning much more patterns on pinterest but this one is my favourite:

    I have a striped fabric for almost 10 year in my stash and still didn’t know what to do with it. But now I know!

  • emcclure2010
    June 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    OH so cute! I totally want to find that pattern. And I pinned the 40s skirt and battle jacket. I would love to try the jacket!

  • Nina
    June 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my goodness!! That dress is amazing! And that shade of blue is perfect for you! wow! I’m always a bit scared to use quilting cotton, because I’m so short and I’m afraid there will be more bulk (at the waistline and shoulder seams), but I guess it really depends on the pattern…

  • Jennifer Gregory Miller
    June 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I shared this apron on pinterest

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I already follow vintage4me updates, as I love her patterns!

  • IngeMaakt
    June 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I love the fabric, especially the combination with the white and the darker bluw buttons.

  • Wendy
    June 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    It was definitely not easy to pick one pattern from the lot. They are all splendid! I shared my favorite and tagged you on Facebook –

  • Carlee
    June 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Great giveaway! Thanks! I’ve pinned it here (and tagged you in it…I didn’t even know you could do that!):

  • Sally @ thequirkypeach
    June 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Really fantastic dress! The white middle is SO cute and flattering – love those special vintage details 🙂 And your blonde curls are looking super gorgeous!

  • Sarah
    June 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, my, Rochelle! What an absolutely stunning dress! I love all the little details and it really looks so pretty on you!

  • Jennifer Lauren
    June 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    So so gorgeous! I love the waist detail, it’s very 30’s. And the colour is beautiful on you.Way to go on the button placket. I’ve never used one either!

  • Debi
    June 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I really love your dress! Such a fabulous combination of design and fabric!!

  • Rachel
    June 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    It came out beautifully! You may have noticed I am not a person who says neve to use quilting cotton. In fact it is probably my very favorite fabric… All those prints!
    I shared this one on Pinterest… That pocket detail is lovely!
    It was a hard choice though!

  • Rita
    June 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    pinned it!

  • Nathalie
    June 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    pinned this one:

    I love how it looks a bit like a dress I bought on my first trip to London almost eight years ago. It would be great to sew one version of it myself!

  • misscrayolacreepy
    June 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Rochelle, this dress is so flattering and very “you!”

  • ohbabytempJulie
    June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for showing me a new-to-me vintage pattern shop! I couldn’t decide which pattern I liked the best but I shared one with cut-on sleeves that I’ve really been into lately.

  • Sean MacKenzie
    June 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    How cute!! Love this dress to pieces! I’m so hoping over to find my favorite. I’ll be sure to tag you on facebook! 🙂

  • RankkaApina
    June 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I actually found many that I liked… and pinned… but this I think was my favorite 🙂

    By the way, did your pattern have a number? I’d like to make a note of it if I come across it somewhere… It’s so wonderful! And it looks amazing on you 🙂

  • Alice
    June 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    That is a lovely dress! I love sewing with quilting cotton and do it all the time, though I try to only use it for casual sundresses that don’t need any drape. I really love 40s patterns, and I’m pleased that you said that. I have a vintage 40s dress with a lot of damage that I want to take a pattern off of. It fits me like a glove but there’s no decent way to wear it. All that said, I totally fell in love with the 1930s button dress, and pinned it: along with some 40s dresses because I would love to do Sew for Victory some time.

  • Nicole
    June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    OMG love that shop. I shared three patterns on my vintage wishlist on my pinterest. I never win these blog giveaways but i love shopping the new stores i dont know about

  • Chandra
    June 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Shared an item on my 1940s Pinterest board!

  • Tasha @ By gum, by golly!
    June 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I’m already drowning in patterns that I never have time to sew up so don’t enter me, but I just love how this turned out. The waist is such a special touch, especially with the bow! I love the buttons and the piping, too. I could just eat the whole thing up. 🙂

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  • gingermakes
    June 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    You can leave me out of the giveaway as I’m already feeling overwhelmed by my pattern stash, but I just wanted to say how much I love this dress! It’s absolutely darling!

  • Cherise
    June 25, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I totally fell in love with this casua 50’sl batwing dress

    shared it on Pinterest

  • Kimberly
    June 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I often replace a side zipper with a set of buttons. Yes, it takes more time, but it’s easy and doesn’t ever have the weird puckery thing that can sometimes happen with zippers over time. Also, quilters cotton clothes FTW! 🙂

  • Brigid Boyer
    June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I shared my favorite pattern via Pinterest. What a fun giveaway!

  • Elena Knits
    June 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! What a difficult decision. All the patterns are gorgeous. I finally pinned 950s ORIGINAL High Fashion Unused Vogue Rockabilly Cocktail Dress Pattern:

  • Paige (@thepaigey)
    June 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I tweeted over here…

  • Jayne
    June 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I shared this pattern,, on Pinterest, FAcebook and Twitter! I have no idea how to tag you though, lol!

  • Emily
    June 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I’ve ordered from Judy many times. Great selection of patterns and FAST shipping. I love that she includes a measurement chart with each pattern too. I hope she does sponsor the next Sew Victory! Here’s my favorite, it was hard to pick just one. 🙂

  • Elisabeth Rose
    June 25, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I often buy from V4M2! Love her stuff! Pinned here:

  • Veronica lewis
    June 25, 2013 at 7:10 am

    So love the dress and awesome material too. Well done. I shared a very cute dress to Facebook.

  • ette
    June 25, 2013 at 6:41 am

    What a wonderful dress. That belt really is an eyecatcher and the cut, simply beautiful.
    I tried to tag you in my link on facebook, but somehow it didn’t work. My Account is named Ette Ett. I chose this beautiful 40ies dress, I love the collar and the two sleeve variations:

  • SabineC
    June 25, 2013 at 5:26 am

    You look so stunningly forties in this dress, and the blue becomes your ‘new’ blonde hair! 🙂
    I quite liked the blouse which I pinned at
    Already looking forward to more Sew For Victory 🙂

  • Emma
    June 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

    That dress is absolutely stunning! Very unusual to see all of those elements together, but still so very 1940s.

    I shared Vogue 7891 on Facebook.

  • docksjo
    June 25, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Amazing giveaway, this is my favorite 1960s ORIGINAL Charming Unused McCall’s Day Dress Pattern.
    Shared it on twitter I’m docksjo

  • Trollemor
    June 25, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Love this giveaway! I posted my favourit on facebook, leaving a tag whit youre name:)
    Unfortunately, there were not so many patterns whit my bust size (39) but I picked a favourit:)

  • Honora
    June 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Your dress is adorable! The bow! Wowsie. I pinned two fab 40’s blouses. As someone mentioned above, I too want to just go buy up what I’ve pinned, and a few more.

  • Mallory
    June 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Your dress is absolutely beautiful–I love the waist detailing. Is it a legitimate tie or just for decoration?

    Thank you for the giveaway, also! I posted a beautiful coat pattern on my Pinterest!

  • the Garment Farmer
    June 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

    darling dress and fantastic photo shoot. what a unique pattern!!
    I found a darling sundress pattern and pinned it–now I kinda just want to buy it right away though 😉

  • ksgentry
    June 25, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Love the vintage sundress with scalloped trim both on the dress and the jacket! What a wonderful summer dress. Check it out at

  • Melissa
    June 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! I shared a pattern on Pinterest here:

  • Christine
    June 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    So many lovely patterns to choose from! I shared this cute dress on Pinterest and FB:

  • natalulu
    June 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I pinned a beautiful 1940’s dress on my pinterest

  • Tina C.
    June 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    WOW! I shared this super cute, super simple shirt dress pattern on Twitter.

  • Melanie
    June 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I am so in love with your dress Rochelle! It looks stunning. The contrast on the waist line. I hear you about quilters cotton. I drool over all the ones at
    And my wallet is loving the prices in the shop! So many lovely patterns! I’m excited for the next Sew for Victory. Life got crazy and I have YET to finish my blouse. I’ll stay tuned. And thanks to both of you for the giveaway! I shared over on Facebook. 🙂

  • Esz (@kittysdrawings)
    June 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I LOVE Vintage4me2 – I’m a regular buyer from her shop! In fact, my hoodie dress pattern came from her. Yay! I’d love to win!
    And it’s awesome to see your make – so pretty! LOVE those colours.
    Its interesting you use quilting cottons for your 40’s garments – I’ve always shied away from them and only used them in 50’s things. Though you make such nice things! Love those sleeves and the waist detail.

    Annnd shared – via Kittys Drawings FB – you will have got the notification!

  • Deborah
    June 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What a great giveaway! I shared a cute dress pattern via