Monday, July 16, 2012

What I'm working on now

I though you might enjoy a sneak peak at what I'm working on now. This pattern, DuBarry 2413B, is one I purchased recently from FloradoraPresents on Etsy. It's a great little tailored shirtwaist dress from the late 1930s or early 1940s. I'm leaning more towards the late 30s because the skirt is quite full compared to those during the war years when fabric was rationed. There are two options for sleeves - long or short. And the skirt, which is cut on the bias can be pleated or left plain. The bodice also has cute little triangular shaped pockets.

DuBarry 2413B with vintage buttons and buckles
I'm making the dress out of blue linen - which I discovered once I got it home is actually a linen blend, but that's ok. It's not as dark as it looks in the picture. I found some red vintage buttons in my stash that I really want to use but I think I will end up using modern ones. I don't really want to remove the vintage ones from the original cards.

At a local antique shop I hit the vintage buckle jack pot! I found a whole string of vintage buckles - literally, they were attached to a piece of string - for about about $1 a piece! A few were metal but most were either shell or plastic. One might even be Bakelite but I'm not sure. There was a nice variety of tension buckles and two piece buckles. It's funny, I was thinking before I found these that it might be fun to collect different kinds of buckles. And suddenly, Pouf! instant collection. :)

This book was a great investment!
My plan was to have this as an outfit for July 4th, hence the red and blue theme. Well, that clearly didn't happen ... I have a special trip in mind for later in the week so I'm working hard to get this finished. Stay tuned!

I made really good progress yesterday - attached the bodice and skirt, hemmed the skirt, attached pockets and collar. Now all that is left is to cut out and attached the sleeves (I'm going with the short ones) button holes (I hate doing button holes) and sew on the buttons. Not too bad after having spend the majority of the day picking raspberries and make raspberry liqueur!

Here are two other patterns I picked up on Etsy.

Fun 1940s play suit from YellowCabVintage

Day dress from 1946 - Simplicity 1668 from CynicalGirl


  1. Great finds etsy finds!

    You got a great color combination and some AWESOME accessories. Best thing to do is run the belt under a warm, semi-hot water for a minute and if it smells like formaldehyde than it's Bakelite. I hope it is, you got one expensive belt buckle on the cheap! :D

    Can't wait to see your dress!

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Yes, Etsy is a wonderful and dangerous place! The main reason I have shied away from collecting Bakelite is because it is so expensive.

    Formaldehyde makes me think of 7th grade biology class. The back wall of my classroom had several shelves of glass jars containing all kinds of "things" in formaldehyde. Some kid broke one of the jars ... I bet that classroom still smells bad! Thanks for the tip! I will give it a try and let you know the results.

  3. I love 1930s and '40s dress styles. The scalloped neckline on the last pattern is so pretty. I can't wait to see what you design from these great finds!


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