I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks of all the lovely ladies and accomplished bloggers here at The Monthly Stitch. I’m a new blogger but by no means a new seamstress. I also run the Etsy shop Vint Hill Vintage where I sell oodles of vintage sewing patterns that I ship all over the world. Of course when I buy a batch of patterns, I sift through and pull out my favorites for my personal stash before I list them in the shop. With over a thousand vintage patterns hanging around my house I was more than excited to see the announcement for September’s vintage challenge.
I chose to make Advance 3929 from the 1940’s. It was actually the first pattern I saved for myself when I started the shop. I used a silk charmeuse that has been waiting in my stash for a year to make view 3 (the tiny one on the left). This dress has a blousy bodice with a wide, high sweetheart neckline and kimono sleeves. It gathers to the fitted waist of the 6 gore skirt and closes at the side with a placket zipper. It’s finished off with a self-belt.
I shortened the hemline proportionally so as to retain the original flare but at a more flattering length for me. I also narrowed the belt to fit my body better. Other than those two adjustments, everything was as instructed. I used French seams throughout, except on the zipper placket where I finished the allowances with Hong Kong seams. It has a hand-picked side zipper placket and hand stitched hem with vintage stretch lace hem facing from my enormous stash of vintage trims.
I’ve blogged a ton about this dress as a work-in-progress to include a wearable test garment so if you want to catch all the details, hop on over to my blog Vint Hill Vintage and read all about it. Be sure to sign up for my emails while you’re there because as soon as I reach 25 followers I’m going to host a little giveaway.