Saturday, November 29, 2014

FO: A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

Ahhh.... nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!

The pattern is Simplicity 1212, a pinafore-dress from 1944. Not much to look at, but very easy and very comfortable.

Photo: Vintagepatternwiki

Did I mention the pattern has little pockets?

The fabric is an adorable christmas border print, with 'Merry Christmas' in different languages written across the white background. I was really lucky to nab this on eBay, and had plans for a gathered skirt (similar to last year's Christmas outfit) but there was just over three yards...

Hmm... A frantic search through my pattern collection came up with Simplicity 1212, and I was sure with some careful laying out and mods it should work.

  • Added half an inch to each side at the waist
  • Cut the back on a fold to elimate the facing needed (save fabric), and...
  • Added side zipper so I can get into it!
  • Shortened the length of the underbust dart to avoid pointy boobs
  • Drafted a facing for the neck instead of using bias
  • Used leftover red hem fabric on the back belt tie as I was running out of fabric
vintage 1940s shoes pinafore dress sewing pattern miss l fire norma plus size christmas novelty print dress

Really happy! I would definitely use this pattern again. It's very comfortable to wear and will be great for Christmas day when I'm running around cooking.

novelty print christmas border print fabric 1940s dress

  • Dress - Simplicity 1212, me!
  • Shoes - Miss L Fire Norma
  • Bakelite bracelets and earring - Etsy, various
  • Bakelite brooch - GingerJindo , Etsy
  • Hairflower - Diva


kate steeper said...

love it ....meanwhile xmas in the uk will involve glittery

Amy-Lou said...

Oh wow - that is stunning! And you look so lovely. Adore the beautiful jewellery as well x

Lisa said...

Lovely! That fabric is amazing! It looks great with your bakelite too ^___^

Laurence said...

Waow!!! LOVELY!
I really love it on you...
JOYEUX NOEL! yes, a little bit early...

Tanith said...

Adorable! I get a little jealous of wintery Christmas outfits, so it's nice to see an inspirational summer Christmas look. It's a cute pattern and suits that fabric so well. Lovely :) said...

Aaw got to love a pinnie! haven't heard that word in yonks. Perfect for Christmas cooking.

Jessica Cangiano said...

No word of a lie, this is my favourite vintage/vintage pattern made Christmas dress I've ever seen, dear Bex. Awesome job on it. You look sensational in it and have me wishing to no end that this was a store bought repro so that I could add one to my closet, too.

♥ Jessica

Claire Gittins said...

I love this! I'm loving the pockets and may have to copy them ;-)
You will look fab on Christmas Day!

tropicalthreads said...

Those pockets are really quite something, aren't they!

Great dress.

Linda said...

It's gorgeous, I love it!

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