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« on: October 08, 2006 06:22:33 PM »

can anyoen point me in the direction to find a pattern for a 40's style dress?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006 06:44:11 PM »

Have you looked at Vogue 2494? I can't give a true review, as I haven't made it yet, but it looks pretty manageable.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006 07:44:55 PM »

OO!  I like V2494!  Never looked at it before, it's pretty! 

Try this: Vintage Vogue  they're all repros or vintage inspired.

Or try e-bay for real 40's patterns Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2006 06:21:32 AM »

what sort of 40s dress? sundress? formal? cold weather daytime dress?

the vintage pattern lending library http://www.vpll.org/ has a couple dresses.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2006 06:39:21 AM »

You can also use the search function to see what type of patterns have been recommended from previous similar questions...

I am sure that this is a popular era and a popular question... Wink

« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2006 05:31:40 PM »

Butterick used to have some 1940's patterns (I have a shirt pattern--Butterick 6701--that rocks).  I don't think they're still in print, but I have seen them for sale on ebay & elsewhere.

You can fake the look to a degree: 1940's women's clothes tend toward the utilitarian due to fabric rationing: sensible dark fabrics that wear well, slightly military-looking jackets, straight knee-length skirts and very fitted blouses and jackets.

If you do get a vintage pattern or a reprint, bear in mind that if a 1940's pattern says FITTED, it means FITTED.  As in, practically skin tight.
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2006 04:37:47 AM »

I have made Vogue 2494 - if you do go for this one, watch the size - I had to go up one size to get a good fit.

Gorgeous dress though - even with my ropy sewing!
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006 07:04:49 PM »

I'm in love with Vogue 2494 too!

I'm considering making this up for a friends wedding, Okapi can you comment on the gathers across the lower stomach/ hip?  Flattering/ not - i am classically pear shaped and don't want to add to my already ample hips Wink

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