The ‘Liquorice Allsorts’ 40’s Dress
Fabric Liquorice Allsorts print cotton, bought with the cherry fabric I used for my Circle skirt
Pattern Butterick B5209
Year 1947 Reproduction
Notions zipper, thread
Time to complete an hour a night, over a week. I could have done it way quicker with an uninterrupted block of time, but time is sadly lacking at the moment.
First worn Today for the photos
Wear again? Most definitely!
Total price About £15.00? I can never remember
I do actually own some genuine 40’s patterns, but I am terrified to use them. I got them in a bundle of twelve patterns from ebay that was advertised as 60’s and 70’s, but when I got them I realised they were mostly from about twenty years prior to that. They are not in great condition, although all the pieces are there. One day I promise I will make them up. However time is very limited at the moment – two kids and a full time job see to that, so for this challenge I decided to go with a pattern that I have already attempted once, so I knew what adjustments to make. This pattern is really quick and easy, an absolute joy to sew. The only tricky bit I found was getting it all to lie flat where the two front bodice pieces meet. Nothing a couple of choice swear words and a hot iron couldn’t sort though.
The fabric is very un-forties. However this week I decided that I really really really need a bright pink liquorice allsorts halter dress in my wardrobe. End of discussion. I was going to use it.
Despite the fact that I made all the same adjustments to this dress as I did to my previous one from this pattern the fit is still slightly off, and I have the same weird underarm thing going on as I did last week. I’m thinking I may have to face another one of my fears, and start using a smaller size bodice with a dreaded ‘full bust adjustment’. I do always seem to have too much fabric at the back and across the top of the bust, so maybe that is what I need to do?
Even with the minor fit issues I love this dress. In an attempt to bring a tiny bit of forties spirit to the photos we took them with my chickens -during rationing they were a household essential according to Gladys, my ninety three year old neighbour. Gladys also has some great stories about an American airman she knew at that time, but I couldn’t possibly pass them on, just in case any of you are easily shocked…