Earlier this year, I got really into Agent Carter, an ABC/Marvel tv show staring Hayley Atwell as the title character. The show is set in New York City post WWII, and has exquisite sets and costumes. And Hayley and the rest of the female cast is so breathtakingly beautiful in those 1940s fashions, I got really inspired to try my hand at making myself something inspired by that era. Which is why I bought a copy of the Simplicity 1587 at my local fabric store.
To be fair, though, the pattern did sit unused, till Lucky Lucille‘s Spring for Cotton challenge. She always host some amazing challenges, and I’ve been watching what everyone comes up with for the last few she hosted. But this time, instead of just looking at what other people did, I decided to try my hand at it. The directions were simple, use a 100% cotton fabric and make something vintage-inspired (20s-70s). So in comes this art gallery cotton voile I had in my stash, and the simplicity 1940s dress, so I could finally look like I could be an extra on Agent Carter.
Sewing this had its usual challenges, but in general was pretty easy to accomplish. It was the first time I got the little notch sewing (no idea the terminology, ooops, but I’m talking about that inverted V shape where the waistband and the skirt meet) sharp, and I was happy with it. The dress is full of wonderful details, and SO MUCH GATHERING. I’m not a fan of gathering, but in this dress it just added to the whole whimsical package. But you bet I groaned every time I saw ANOTHER gathering I had to do.
I loved sewing it, and I’m happy to be still wearing it right now and on my way to a book club meeting on this nice Utah Spring day!