Check it out – I made another 1940’s garment for Sew For Victory!
(And yes, I did actually finish it in time. Just. But then I didn’t get a chance to post about it. Oh well.)
Anyway, I now have another 1940’s dress in my wardrobe, which makes me happy. I do love me some 1940’s style.
This one is Hollywood 805, from 1942. I love Hollywood patterns – the images of movie stars, the styling. Something about it appeals to me a lot. I’m slowing building up a collection of Hollywood patterns, although this is the first one I’ve gotten around to making. (Of the grand total of four that I own so far…. I did say I was building up a collection s l o w l y…!)
So, one thing about Hollywood patterns. Or at least this one. The instructions are really rather sparse. Looking for guidance on which way to press darts or tucks? You won’t find it here.
The details, on the other hand, are lovely, in that 1940s way. The shoulders are interesting – the back extends over to the front, and joins as though it’s a yoke, so there is no shoulder seam. The neckline in particular is interesting, with it’s points. The sleeves are dart-fitted at the sleeve head. The bodice is gathered into the waistline at front and back so it’s fitted around the waist, yet gives a blousey effect. The pockets have notched details at the top and are sewn so they jut out at the top. (And the inset belt is lovely, although I omitted it so I could ‘future proof’ the dress with the side seams.)
There are a couple of things I’d change next time. I forgot to lengthen the bodice as part of the grading up in sizes, so the waist sits a bit high at the back. A belt disguises it, but I’d rather it was about another inch lower at the back. (The front, however, is fine.) The sleeves are a bit tight as well – I didn’t bother grading them, but next time I will. They’re not too tight to be uncomfortable at all, but a little bit more ease wouldn’t go amiss. Oh, and I’d lengthen the shoulders by about 3/4″ as they’re a little bit narrow, which results in the neckline pulling a bit.
But none of those are stopping me from wearing this dress, and enjoying it!
(According to Steve, I look “like a cross between a punk and a granny”. I have no issues whatsoever with this description.)
Pattern: Hollywood 805
Fabric: blue Ikea cotton, acquired from Mel at a Wellington bloggers meet-up swap (thanks Mel!)
Notions: 8 vintage white buttons from my great-aunt’s stash
- Graded up to my current size
- Future-proofed by attaching the skirt to the bodice on the flat, and sewing the side seams last
- Removed the inset belt (in order for it to be future-proof-able) and added 1 inch at the top of the skirt and bottom of bodice at the back so back waist seam matched front waist seam
- Added interfacing to the button placket and the inner necklineK
- Rounded the corners of the inner neckline (because the pattern had already been altered that way. Next time I’ll re-alter it back to pointy corners)
- Drafted a new back neck facing as that pattern piece is missing
- Moved the top corners of the pockets out by 1 inch on each side so they don’t stick as far out from the dress
First worn: for a walk around the zoo on Monday 1 April
Wear again? Already have. It got worn to work this week, and got a couple of compliments from people who didn’t know I’d made it. Yay!!
Make again? Yep, I likes this pattern.
The photos were taken on a walk around the zoo. This gorgeous lady came up to say ‘hello’: