Nice Drape

June 1, 2013


My most recent sewing project involves a $2.00 curtain panel from Goodwill and a vintage 1940s pattern that I found at an antique store for $5.00. I’m all about the thrifty sewing.


I didn’t realize until I got home that the pattern was complete (there was one extra mystery piece actually) but there were no sewing instructions to be found. No big deal really. I’ve worked with both unprinted vintage patterns and shirt dress patterns before, so I figured I could work through it without any written help. After tracing the pattern and transferring all the markings, it was pretty simple to figure out what they all meant from the pattern description and diagram on the back of the envelope.


I thought I’d have enough fabric to make the whole dress with just this one panel, but Lucille was skeptical. “No mom, there’s definitely not enough fabric here”, she says.


Sure enough, she was right to second guess me. I knew the skirt piece needed to be cut twice, but I didn’t know that it needed to be cut twice on the fold. Apparently Dirndl skirts were pretty full in the 40’s. So needless to say, that used up most of my curtain panel.


I’ve been practicing some different  knit stitches in preparation for a very 40’s themed knit-along hosted by myself, and a very talented friend, in the coming months. More on that soon!


I ended up using regular Kona cotton for the top and paired it with some vintage buttons from my stash. Once I figured out what I was doing, the dress came together fairly quickly and I’m very happy with it. I especially love the sleeves. They’re built right into the bodice as one solid piece. Doesn’t get easier than that!


We’re ready for summer! How about you?