Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on February 8, 2014
The 1940s Sweetheart Neck Dress – Hollywood Pattern 1059 Pattern Review
There’s just nothing like 1940s dress styles! Despite the fact that all fabrics were rationed during WWII, the fashion designers of the decade created styles which were so detailed with shirring, gathers, pleats, and wide waistbands, that you almost wouldn’t know they were had to scrimp on materials!
And of all the 1940s pattern companies, by far my favorite is Hollywood Patterns (you can read a history of the company here). Featuring film stars on their pattern covers, (including Lucille Ball, Olivia De Havilland, & Ginger Rogers), these dress patterns were far and above their “peers” such as Simplicity, Advance, and Vogue. The incredible detail that went into each dress was simply inspiring, and the pattern covers alone are collectible nowadays. The truth is, I never met a Hollywood Pattern I didn’t like! You can find them on Ebay and Etsy quite regularly, and you can also see some of my favorites on this Pinterest board which is devoted just to designs from this vintage pattern brand.
This dress I recently sewed was made from Hollywood Pattern #1059, which features a sweetheart neckline, ruching at the bust, and a wide cummerbund waistband that ends in a deep “v” at the top and bottom.
The moderately full skirt is pleated, the sleeves are short and puffed (though the pattern has the option for straight sleeves, as well), and there are ties in back at the waistline. I think the overall silhouette is quite classic!
The cutest detail in the whole pattern is the bow trim on the bodice, I think! I chose chocolate brown ribbon to contrast with the burgundy crepe/faille fabric.
I love the pattern so much that I think I’ll have to whip up a few more dresses from the same design! Right now all my sewing time is going into finishing my upcoming pattern for “Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress”, but once that project is done I would love to create several more from this pattern. This is one of those dress styles where you think, “I’ll take one in every color, please!”
Oh, and the hat! This is a vintage hat which I purchased while in London last fall on my historical costume trip. How neat to have something that was once worn in London during the 1940s – I wonder who wore it and what occasions she used it for?
So that’s my latest vintage creation! This pattern was wonderful to work with, and really very straightforward. It is quite fitted in the bodice, so it might be a good idea to cut it out a size larger if you want a bit more room. I think that Hollywood Pattern #1059 is not at all rare (there are several listed for sale on Ebay and Etsy at the moment), so it should be fairly easy to find.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!