A striped 1940s dress

This was the first 1940s dress that I made. I fell totally in love with this dress when someone linked to it on eBay and just new that I had to have one.


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I love the stripes and how they're used for the design, I love the buttons and I totally love the zipper in front; using zippers as a decorative element being a rather recent idea in the 1940s. At first I couldn't find a suitable fabric. In fact I haven't found one yet, but I keep looking. The fabric seems to be a rather soft cotton and what I ended up using was a stiffer polycotton given to me by my father. As you can see it makes it stiffer, but fortunately not enough to make it look totally wrong for the 1940s. I also made it slightly shorter than the dress appears to be on the model, thus making it mor etypical for the decade. I made this dress in May 2009 for a burlesque-themed club here in Gothenburg and I use it quite a lot. The shoes are from Irregular Choice and while they are modern in their design they're not unlike some of the more outrageous and/or whimsical shoes made in the 1930s and 1940s. In any case I was not aiming for perfect historical accuracy here.

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