I finished the 40s dress in time to wear it to a work conference, just barely too. In all, I’m very happy with it, though I definitely do not have the figure to pull off the era without a little help in the bust department.
So, I hate zippers, with a passion but this one, once I figured it out, was probably the easiest to put in and looks better than my usual attempts. It also helps to have a zipper foot, which I did not have until now and that was because my beloved Kenny the Kenmore has had to be retired. One of the tension nobs just broke off, or rather, I pulled it out and went to thread and boop. It fell into my hand before I could touch it. A very sad day, so I had to transfer over to my mom’s old Singer…which has a zipper foot. Happy day for this project, I suppose. Poor Kenny.
Anywho… The report of this dress is: it’s a comfortable, fun dress that feels very day time to me and therefore a great dress to add to my wardrobe. I will say that the synthetic fabric was a touch warm, but isn’t that the point of a sleeved dress? And speaking of, I made the shorter sleeves (because I’m long limbed and I thought I’d just beat it to the punch and make the shortness intentional) and they fit my arms wonderfully. I will say that if you have thicker arms (like I wish I did), it does get tight around the forearm when you bend. Not too bad, but worth noting.
I was also right about the fit. Once I put the sleeves on, I didn’t really have much choice to slim it down. I have wider, dancer shoulders so if I had taken it all in correctly, I would not have any mobility in my shoulders. The fit isn’t THAT bad as long as I wear my super-duper bra that gives me twice my usual cup size and it fills it out decently. I’ll take it.
Good pattern with a few frustrating points that comes with the nature and design of the dress. It is a charming dress on and I loved wearing it around because I felt like I could modernize it enough for everyday wear and not feel like I’m wearing a costume. Success!