A few weeks ago when I was planning my 1940s dress I spent some quality time looking at vintage patterns on Etsy. I didn't buy any but I loved this one and this one. I don't think I could have resisted if they had been Emily's size but since they weren't I decided to see what I could do with what I have here already. That was the point of the no new patterns challenge after all. I looked through my stash for a pattern with a similar bodice and settled on Simplicity 2265.
I took some pictures of the process so I could tell you how to transform your very own modern pattern into a 1940s style sundress.
First, I used my curved ruler to mark where I wanted to to put the ruffle into the bodice. I'm pretty sure the original had real princess seams but I've yet to meet a 4 year old who needs these so I just cut a curve and added seam allowances.
I didn't use the same part of the curve for the back but I did make sure that both curves intersected the shoulder notch so the pieces would line up.
Here are all the bodice pieces and the sash laying out together. The sash is a full width of the fabric and about 3in wide. I really just eyeball these things so I don't have an exact measurement. As you can see I also added length to the bodice. Emily is tall and I wanted it to come to her waist.
I sewed the front and back inner pieces together at the shoulder.
Then I sewed the shoulder seams for the outer bodice pieces. I marked the back so I wouldn't get confused. I also trimmed the arm wholes with ric-rac.
I didn't take pictures of the skirt but its pretty simple too. I wanted to do a full width of fabric for the front and the back which would have been super full but I cut a piece wrong and had to use half widths. The ruffle is twice the width of the skirt so I used two width of fabric but if I hadn't messed up I would have used 4.
I hope you like it. I absolutely love this one. Emily does too but she was pretty sad about the last day of school so she wasn't a great model. Let me know if you have any questions.