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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Winter originally made this dress for Christmas, using some fabric that was given to me by a reader a few years ago.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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  • Becky March 04, 2017

    I just have to add in with everyone else. The dress is beautiful and I know her sewing skills will serve her well in her future. I'm sure she will do whatever she wants to for a career, and the skill will come in handy for her when she is a mama, as well.

  • Ann Lee S. March 04, 2017

    I had to check out the movie preview on You Tube, as I had not seen it, or the dress ...... Winter's dress I prefer, she caught the neckline so well, but her skirt is fuller, and that is prettier than the dress in the movie. Yes also a much richer colour! Bravo for working with the satin Winter, it is not an easy fabric. I notice you chose to make the little sleeves a touch longer than those in the movie, possibly more comfortable too. I hope you have a happy event for your dress. Ann Lee S, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
    ps: we are expecting 5 - 10 cm. snow tonight.

  • Wendy March 05, 2017

    Simply gorgeous!

  • Mariana March 05, 2017

    Looks beautiful and very classy. Love the color!

  • Elizabeth March 05, 2017

    Ohmygoodness! She looks just like your husband! What a lucky girl!!!

  • Quest March 05, 2017

    Gosh, Winter is so talented. She is making some stunning clothes with such attention to detail. I love that color!

  • Sharon Dominy March 06, 2017

    Such a beautiful dress and a beautiful young lady. Very becoming and such a pretty style.--elegant.
    Sharon D.

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher March 06, 2017

    Oh my gosh, the dress looks amazing! It's so wonderful that Winter is cultivating these skills at such a young age, too!

  • Jennifer March 06, 2017

    Wow! What a beautiful, talented young lady!

  • Kalli March 07, 2017

    Way to go Winter!!! The dress looks fantastic on you. I always love me a vintage dress

  • Mariana March 11, 2017

    Beautiful dress on a gorgeous young lady. :)

  • Judy March 12, 2017

    She did a good job on it. and she looks so pretty in red, I love vintage dresses too.

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