This dress is a gorgeous authentic 1940’s reproduction, the 1940’s New England Day Dress from Decades of Style. It has a mock bib on the bodice and skirt which is closed with buttons, and real pockets on the skirt. There are also two different set in sleeve styles to choose from. I am in love with the shape of these sleeves!
When I first saw this pattern I knew that I wanted to make it in a vintage floral print. I went on a hunt and eventually found the perfect design on Spoonflower. It’s called ‘Shabby Rose’ by Kristopherk and I ordered it in the cotton poplin. I love the freshness of the print and how well suited it is to this 1940’s dress.
I first learned of this pattern when I saw the talented Rochelle from Lucky Lucille modeling her version. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it! It was also perfect for the 1940’s sew-a-long that was also being hosted by Rochelle. I was a little nervous to get back into dress making as I had just had my first child two months prior and I was still a long way off of fitting into any of my old clothes!
I have always been a lover of vintage patterns and this one did not disappoint. It was also a dream to sew up! The full skirt, the cinched waist and button/bib details made for a beautiful and flattering dress that accentuated femininity, without exposing any flesh! The success of this dress gave me back the confidence I needed to get back into sewing post-baby.