Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1940's Leaf Print Dress

This dress I made actually before I went to college, but I just never got around to getting pictures! I made it from Simplicity 1587, just modified the skirt a little. I got the fabric from the little shop that went out of business and put everything on sale for dirt cheap - it's a rayon blend of some sort.

The pattern is kind of a hit or miss pattern - I didn't have to make any adjustments to it, but some of my friends have used it, and had to really make adjustments to it! Funny - usually it's me making tons of adjustments! :) At any rate, I'm a fan of this pattern! :)

The neckline is my favorite part!

I chose to make it with 3/4 length sleeves because the fabric seemed fall-ish. Plus I don't have as many vintage warmer dresses!


  1. Oh my gosh...I just made this dress my self two weeks ago!!!! LOVE how your turned out and absolutely adore the fabric. I have seen this pattern used so many times various ways to make a 1940's dress and I must say that it is one of my favorites so far. You look lovely:)

  2. SOOO pretty!! You did such a lovely job! I love the skirt you used, and the rayon fabric drapes beautifully. Lovely, lovely!
    Did you raise the neckline? How?!!! Figuring that out would be nothing less than life-changing for me! ;) I always have to make a little filler for the neckline because it's ridiculously low on me.
    I'm enjoying your posts SO much, Tara! :)

  3. What a classic, beautiful dress. That shade of brown, a sort of cafe au lait hue in my books, is far to underutilized in the fashion world (vintage or modern), IMO. It's beautiful and suits brunettes like you especially well.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Oh wow. I wish I had your skills? The last dress I made was kind of disastrous, but I'm going to try again. Maybe you know the pattern...It's Simplicity 4224. It's a summer dress!

  5. This dress is beautiful, Tara! What a good idea to make the sleeves longer for fall! I adore the way your hair is styled too!!

  6. I love the fact that you chose to make it an autumnal dress! It looks so lovely with 3/4 length sleeves.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  7. Such a pretty fall dress ~ that fabric is lovely. : ) I'm always on the look out for vintage dresses with longer sleeves because I don't have a large winter wardrobe either. 3/4 length sleeves really do make a difference and look so pretty too. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill



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