Hope Chest 2 Dress

Hi!  I’m Lily from Mode de Lis and I’m thrilled to be posting about my newest project using Penny Rose fabrics. 🙂  I delight in making and wearing vintage clothing styles on a daily basis, so I naturally jump all over the reproduction lines from Penny Rose!
I loved the Hope Chest 2 line and the fabrics all reminded me so much of catalog pages from the late 1930s/early 1940s, so I felt like this would be an ideal use for the fabric. 🙂
In particular, I really loved these 2 examples so naturally I was drawn to the pink floral fabric and decided to accent it with a crisp white collar!
I used Simplicity 8050 for my dress and sewed it almost exactly as instructed.  I don’t frequently venture into the 1938-42 realm (the 1950s and the early-mid 1930s being much more frequent for me!), but this was a great excuse to dabble! 🙂
The pattern features fun seaming with the front princess seams coming to a point just below the waist and then continuing into the waistline.  Since I chose such a busy print, it seemed only appropriate to subtly accent the seamlines with ric-rac. (or maybe it was just a good excuse to indulge my need for ric-rac!)



One of the aspects of the dress pattern that I found particularly charming were the center-front buttons.  I serendipitously found a set of matching vintage buttons at an estate sale just days before I finished up the dress and I’m so pleased with how they fit quite perfectly with the fabric design. 🙂



For those interested in more details of my dress and outfit, I have an in-depth post up on my blog today at mode-de-lis.blogspot.com!