I started the Retro 40s dress earlier today. The fabric has been sitting there for a couple weeks while I did other things and worked a bit on the Tardis dress (more on that later, it’s almost done!). Suddenly, I really just wanted to get this done. I think I was just feeling in the retro mood.
I’m using Simplicity 1777 since I got it on one of those fabulous sales. It’s a cute dress with two necklines and sleeves, which is not something I usually do for some reason and exactly why I wanted it. I have fun little summer retro dresses but nothing for spring for fall. This will be a fun addition if it turns out well.
The fabric is silky type print. No, it isn’t silk or anything special like that but I like the print which has a retro ‘feel’ to it. It isn’t a retro print or anything close to it, but I like taking a retro shape and playing with more modern styling and fabric choices. Plus, fabric has to want to be something; it’s how I pick out fabric for projects and this one screamed for a 40s style.
I’m about half way through the dress. I can tell you that the pleats are a pain in the rear. They’re not overly difficult but fussy with slippery fabric. It seems like a lot of bulk in one place but with the yoke/center piece, it came together pretty well. I will say that it runs a bit different than the measurements on the back. Usually, in modern dresses, I’m any where between a 2-6 in size but cut a 12 in retro patterns based on my waist measurement, about 28 inches. I’m thinking I will have to take it in a bit when it is all said and done, especially in the bust.
So far, it’s a kicky little dress and I can’t wait to put the sleeves on, the zipper and hem it. After all that, I’ll decide if I need to take it in.