I thought I'd keep the sewing technicalities of this dress separate from my post earlier today on the 1940s Relived event at Brooklands, where it got its debut.
Pattern: Hollywood 1552 from 1939 or 1940, the same as I used for my Big Apple dress.
Fabric: One of my own fabric repros, Ballroom Belles, which was based on photos I took of an original 1940s tea dress. It's available through spoonflower; I got it printed on cotton poplin but it would be lovely on their silk crepe-de-chine or silk-cotton blend fabric.
Notions: Vintage metal zip, amazing vintage buttons (probably dating from around the same time as the pattern, and I had a set of three so it was obviously meant to be), vintage plastic buckle, bias binding (also vintage, as it happens!).
Techniques: Bound buttonholes - I don't have a buttonhole attachment for my vintage Singer so I thought I might as well try bound buttonholes as the pattern directed. They're not going to win any awards, but I don't think they're too bad for a first attempt.
Alterations: Because the original pattern is in quite a large size, I had made significant alterations in its first incarnation, the Big Apple Dress, so I transferred those adjustments to a traced version of the pattern and used that. I used the alternate sleeves on this version, except I gathered instead of darting the sleeve cap because I like the look; I also made a little tuck in the hem of the sleeves to make them closer fitting to the arm and accentuate the puffed shape (sorry I haven't got a close-up photo, but you can just about see the effect, especially in the top pic).
Make again? For sure - I love this pattern and I'll definitely revisit it again (in fact my sailor dress will use the same pattern, with an altered bodice).