17.4.14

Finished: Hollywood 1335

Yay! I finished my Sew For Victory dress! My aim was to make a perfect spring/summer dress. I think the fabric just breathes those seasons with the bright colors and floral print. 


What I love about this pattern are the ruffles and the pleated skirt. Actually the pleats hold little pockets, which is so smartly designed!


Sewing this dress went pretty ok. I had a few difficulties during the proces. Like the ease of the sleeve cap. I had to much easeh. I tried different methods to get the sleeves in smoothly, but with no good results. So I gathered the sleeve cap to create a little puffed sleeve. 


I also had some problems with the buttonholes. Well one buttonhole, to be more precise. I had to redo this particular button hole 4 times before I got the result I wanted. How frustrating.


And I couldn't use my serger because it has some difficulties as well. Instead I choose to use seam binding. This seam binding was a gift from the lovely Joanna! Look how beautiful the inside looks! This is really the best way of finishing edges! I really want to use seam binding more often in future projects. We don't have this in the Netherlands as far is I know, so I really need to find a good online shops with reasonable (shipping) prices. Any suggestions are very welcome :)


The best thing about this dress is my boyfriends opinion. Normally he doesn't really like my floral dresses. But this one he does like. He said he thinks the dress and colors really suits me. How cute!

31 comments:

  1. I love this dress! You finished the insides so nicely. Beautifully lined! The details on the lapel line are just gorgeous. I also love your shoe choice, where you influenced by your pattern envelope? This print does suit you. I think I might have missed it but is your fabric vintage? It is so difficult to even find vintage fabrics with anything more than a yard. You know I bought this cotton fabric and I made the mistake of not opening it up completely when I first bought it so it's not possible to return it now. I won't do this again:) and the edges were serged like it had been used as a baby blanket. I was highly disappointed. Your dress is so lovely and inspires me to want a button down dress too! I wish I lived close by then we could meet for tea in your lovely frock:))

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    1. Thanks :-) it would ve great to live closer toeach other. I think we would have tons of fun, talking about vintage and having a swing buddy!

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  2. I bought my seam binding from these people: http://www.zipperstop.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=garden_flypage.tpl&product_id=91&category_id=33&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=73

    They stock loads of colours and the shipping isn't that expensive... One roll + shipping would be around 15 dollars. One roll is 100 yards so it lasts a while!

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  3. Wow, the dress looks great! And the colours suit you!

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  4. Fabulous!

    SSB. https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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  5. Je vriend heeft gelijk ;) wat een supermooie jurk is dit geworden, staat je prachtig!

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  6. I think the dress is very lovely and the colour does suit you. Great job! :)

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  7. Soooooo beautiful! I just love the floral fabric and how it drapes with this pattern!! Yay for spring!

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    1. It really breathes spring, don't you think!?!

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  8. Wauw de binnenkant ziet er super netjes uit zo! Is seam binding niet gewoon hetzelfde als biaisband?

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    1. Dankjewel! Nee, het is niet hetzelfde als biaisband. Dit is veel dunner, waardoor je naden niet zo dik worden. Ik kan het je echt aanraden!

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  9. This is so pretty. I love the fabric, and the pockets (so useful!); and before I got to the bit about the trouble you had with the sleeve cap ease, I was thinking "I love the puffy sleeve caps!".

    Re seam binding, I've bought some from this website

    http://www.craftyribbons.com/shop_seam_binding-355.aspx

    and was pleased with it. They are in the UK, but seem to do international delivery.

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  10. Oh, this dress came out beautifully! You have fitted it so nicely,and it has nice lines. I am terribly impressed with your binding your seam allowances. I don't know if I have the patience for that.... Will you make it again? It is so flattering, and I'd love to see the ruffles on the collar in a contrasting color so they stand out; I don't notice them with the print. Just lovely.

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    1. It's not that time consuming! I iron the binding in half and put it around the edge and stitch it.

      On the photo's it's hard to see the ruffles. But I can tell you in real life the are more visible :). I'm not sure if i'm going to make one with the ruffles again, but I do know this is a perfect pattern for a classic 40s shirtwaist dress and I might use it again.

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  11. Your dress is amazing, so pretty. It really does suit you. You are very talented!

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  12. Soooo pretty!!! My first thought (and I say this as a wholly positive thing) is that the colour palette of that beautiful fabric reminds me of fruit punch (or sangria, too!). It's elegant and fun at the same time and the cut of the dress is wonderfully becoming. Everything you sew always leaves me inspired and coveting said item! :)

    Tons of hugs & joyful Easter weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! It's a great comparison! And I know what you mean!

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  13. Your garments always look so perfect and well fitted, I am really jealous of your sewing abilities :-) I am also usually very surprised how neat seam binding looks but I don't use this technique very often because it makes the seams a bit too bulky for my liking. But maybe I am just using the wrong binding? I will definitely have a look at the links in the comments.

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    1. Thanks! That's a huge compliment! With the right seam binding, like hug snug, your seams won't be bulky! You really should give it a try!

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  14. Hello Anthea,

    Your dress is totally gorgeous. The floral print is beautiful, and the feature I particularly love is the frill on the collar. Also, it is interesting that you turned it inside out to show us the seams and binding.

    I have always used bias binding if I need to bind seams. If you want to see my Sew for Victory blouse, visit my blog and you will see the inside too. I am planning to do a little girl's dress next showing all the steps of construction and the finishing techniques I use - you might find it interesting...

    http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/meet-my-daughter-1940s-style.html

    Love from England

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