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40's Inspired Red Dress


 Red 40s Dress 2 The Prudent Homemaker

Winter originally made this dress for Christmas, using some fabric that was given to me by a reader a few years ago. 

She was inspired by the dress Queen Elizabeth wears in "A Royal Night Out." 

 Red 40s Dress 3 The Prudent Homemaker

She used a pattern she already had, but then made lots of changes, as she was unable to find a pattern that had all of the features she wanted. She drafted a collar for the dress and put pleats in the skirt to gather the fullness in the same places as she saw in photos of the dress from the movie. 

To give the dress the fullness it needs, she wore a crinoline under it. She made the crinoline for her Halloween costume (when she went as Alice in Wonderland) and has been enjoying using it to add fullness to the dresses she is sewing.

I already had thread in this color, so the only thing she needed to buy for this dress was a zipper!

Red 40s Dress 1 The Prudent Homemaker

 I have to admit, it's a lot of fun watching my eldest learning to love vintage dresses as much as I have since I was young!

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  • Angela March 03, 2017

    I think it is just beautiful...wish I had the talent and the courage to start making something like that...your daughter is very talented!! And it is inspiring...maybe I can learn to, but maybe start with a simple skirt or a blouse!!

  • Carolyn March 03, 2017

    Outstanding! She really captured the lines of the dress. She looks beautiful.

  • Ja March 03, 2017

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Lisa March 03, 2017

    Stunning! What a beautiful job she does!!!

  • Roxie March 03, 2017

    She has a wonderful talent. I just love that color on her. It looks so pretty. She is a beautiful girl.

  • Shara March 03, 2017

    She's a very talented young lady! The dress is beautiful, and she looks wonderful in it.

  • Steph. March 03, 2017

    So beautiful! She is talented and I love her name. :) I know the overwhelming joy it brings to see a child create (my younger son is an artist)!

  • Darlene Douglas March 03, 2017

    Wow, she is an awesome seamtress. I have been looking to buy a dress for a wedding we are attending and I just can't seem to find one. They are either too slim-lined for me, the neckline is too low, or the hemline too short. My husband said I may just have to make a dress. I haven't in so many years but I am ready to dust off my sewing machine. I love vintage syle too! She is a beautiful young lady and I am sure you are so proud of her! You have been a very good example and influence to her! Have a wonderful day!

  • Linda March 03, 2017

    I was in the same boat and advertised that I needed a seamstress. She did a wonderful job and only charged $150 (I supplied material and pattern). Worth considering!

  • Joanna March 07, 2017

    You may want to take a look at eShakti (http://www.eshakti.com/), an online clothing company from India. I have about 8 dresses from them and really like each one. They can be made to your exact measurements, and the neckline, sleeve length, and hemline can be changed. Some online, overseas clothing companies are a bit dodgy, but I've had excellent dealings with eShakti.

  • Lynn @ Quaker hill Farm March 03, 2017

    Just beautiful and so talented! These sewing skills will serve her well the rest of her life

  • Gabrielle March 03, 2017

    Gorgeous!!! The color and cut really suit her! I love her sewing project posts!

  • Gardenpat March 03, 2017

    Loved that movie- we watched it at home for a date night! Great dress- the jewel toned color and fabric are so beautiful!

  • Terry March 03, 2017

    I know you and your husband are so proud of her talents and beauty. She is lovely.

  • Linda March 03, 2017

    What pattern did Winter start with? Beautiful!

  • Holly March 03, 2017

    Beautiful dress. She is a talented and hard working teen. You and your husband must be so proud of her.

  • Jane March 03, 2017

    Winter is so clever, the style and colour suit her beautifully.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. March 03, 2017

    Wow! Such a talented young lady.

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  • Diana March 03, 2017

    What a talented and beautiful young lady. You have done a wonderful job.

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