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Sew for Victory 2014

Lucky Lucille recently announced the 2014 “Sew for Victory” sew along.

This fun sew along is where bloggers and vintage lovers alike all dedicate the month of April to sewing a 1940’s style pattern.

Sew for Victory
Sew for Victory

I was far too busy with work last year to participate, but this year I’m making it a point to set aside time to be apart of this sew along.

However before I can start on this project I need to figure out what pattern I want to tackle.

So, with that said the other day I raided my vintage pattern stash and pulled out all the 1940 patterns I have.

1940's patterns
My 1940’s patterns

Lucky for me I’ve actually collected quite a few of these and while I love each of then I narrowed the list down to three. 

The first is a fun beach-time playsuit. I was so excited when I came across this pattern.

Beach Play Suit
Beach Play Suit

I even have some prefect cotton fabric with a beach pattern on it that would be prefect for this outfit.

Beach Print Fabric
Beach Print Fabric

The only draw back is that it’s really three separate pieces, shirt, shorts, and skirt. I don’t know if I have the time to tackle suck a project. Also I’m a little self-conscious of what I’d look like in this outfit, might have to shed a few more pounds, before I’m brave enough to wear this.

The next pattern is one of my most expensive pattern purchases at $10. I usually don’t pay more than a few dollars for them.

Jumper & Skirt Pattern
Jumper & Skirt Pattern

I bought it specifically for the jumper pattern. I had wanted to make this for winter and never got around to it. However, I do need more vintage style skirts and this would be a good fit for my wardrobe. 

I’m still toying with the idea of using this pattern, but I think working on a skirt would be too easy, and I want a bit of a challenge.

This leads me to pattern number three, a 1940’s typical day dress, which I have been longing to add to my wardrobe.

1940's Day Dress
1940’s Day Dress

Though I love them both I’m leaning to version two. I love the collar and those pockets with belt tabs give it such a unique look.

Possible fabric choice for day dress
Possible fabric choice for day dress

I’m thinking of using a light pink fabric that has a print of tiny magenta flowers on the fabric (see above) and maybe adding a contrasting magenta fabric for the collar fold even for the pockets.

I haven’t really decided yet, but love to hear your opinions on my ideas.

For more info on Sew for Victory check out Lucky Lucille’s website.


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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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