My 1940s style Star Trek dress is finished! I am looking forward to wearing it to a 1940s party this weekend. (I will post pictures of the event next week).To summarize, the dress is made from 2 layers of rayon challis. The neckline is piped and has several gold buttons for “pips.”
I modified the Dahlia blouse pattern from Wearing History. I added in the extra seams in the front and back to create color-blocking and drafted the skirt myself.
The front is gathered at the shoulders with a puffed sleeve head.
The elbow is gathered, like many 1940s dresses, and the sleeves are extra long.
There is a curved seam where the bodice meets the skirt.
The rayon makes for a very nice, drapey dress. It is very form-fitting, especially around the hips. I’m afraid the construction shows off every bump and lump so proper vintage undergarments are required: a Rago girdle and a slip.
The dress closes on the side with a side-lapped zipper, hand-stitched in. (Originally I used invisible zippers, but this is more accurate to the time period).
I actually thought I completed it a few weeks ago, but when I put it on I wasn’t completely pleased with the way it hung, so I redid it – twice. Originally I made this as a 2-piece outfit, with a somewhat A-line skirt. I decided to change to a pencil skirt, which I felt would work better with the top. Also, I converted the outfit to a one piece, thinking the skirt would weigh down the bodice and keep the edges from flipping up. This meant I had to completely dismantle and recut the skirt, and remove 2 zippers.
Originally I prick-stitched the bodice to the skirt, which made the peplum front stand out, but the back looked a little odd. I took the dress and zipper apart again, and stitched everything together. There’s still little things I’m not 100% happy about, but overall I am very pleased with how it came together!
Final cost $87.93:
- From Fabric.com: 3 yards black rayon challis, 2 yards mustard rayon challis, 1 spool black thread ($41.10 including tax and free shipping)
- From Wearing History: a digital pattern bought on sale (I highly recommend you pay to get a paper pattern instead; I bought mine digitally because I needed it right away, but the paper ones are worth it!)
- From the stash: gold buttons and zipper
- From Thinkgeek: TNG communicator pin ($19.99 plus $6.95 shipping)
- From Amazon: TNG phaser ($10.89 plus free Prime shipping)
I especially pleased with the communicator. It’s a quality reproduction that is on a strong magnet so I won’t get pin holes in my dress. The communicator is now available on Amazon (affiliate link) so if you have Prime you can even save on the shipping:
I bought a TNG phaser just because it was fun and cheap. (It makes noise!):
I purchased some incredible Miss L Fire shoes, but sadly they are a bit big for me. I might see if I can get some inserts that won’t show in the peep toe, but for now I’ll have to wear plain black pumps with the dress.
I also own these Capezios, which are very comfortable dance shoes, so they might be better for the event I have in mind this weekend anyway.
Next step is to figure out how to do hair and make-up, which are not things I excel at. Wish me luck!
Oh wow – absolutely stunning! And thanks for the link to the communicator – time to drop not-so-subtle hints to the family for gift ideas.
(And I am drooling over your MissLFire shoes)
Thanks Cindy! Yes the communicator is such a nice thing to have. I wish it made noise too but at least I have the phaser!
OMG, seeing this makes me so happy. What a wonderful dress!
Thank you! I had so much fun wearing this last night!
Oh my gosh I cannot tell you how happy this dress makes me! I cannot believe my brain has not gone in this direction before! Well done and thanks for the inspiration!
Hi Laura, I’m glad you like it! Part of the fun was getting all these smiles from people at the party, and so many kind comments on Facebook! I just posted pictures of the rest of the talented crew; be sure to check them out. =)
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This is so cute!