Pattern Reviews

The Goodwood Revival and my Simplicity 8447 1940s Vintage Dungarees

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We went to The Goodwood Revival four years ago and absolutely loved it, but it was before I learned to sew. Here’s what I wore then – very glam (I had my hair and make-up done by the pros)!

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We booked again for this year and I decided to go with a completely different look from last time and, of course, wanted to make it all myself. So, after some research, I settled on the Simplicty 8447 1940s Vintage Dungarees and some 10oz denim from Empress Mills.

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They looked great on Abi of Crafty Pinup and her review and sew-along were really helpful. She commented that they were snug across the bust, so I made up a quick toile in a size 12, which was perfect on my hips (39”) and waist (28”), but as Abi and others have found, this pattern comes up small on the bust, so I simply graded it to a 14 there (and adjusted the facings to match). It’s ended up perfect across my full bust (37”), but a bit big above, so in hindsight I probably should’ve done some research on how to do an FBA on these particular darts, however I don’t think it’s noticeable to anyone but me.

Construction was fine and the instructions were clear enough. I didn’t have any problems with the facings, and the underlap – although I’d not done one before – went on nicely. Like Abi, I used a bigger pocket pattern piece (mine’s from Tilly and the Buttons’ Cleo) for the bodice, as I really liked how hers looked compared to the smaller one suggested on the pattern, and I used matching rather than contrasting thread, as it seemed more suited to the era and style.

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I sewed all of the buttonholes on my old Brother machine, which has a four-step buttonhole setting, so easier to control, as my newer Janome really doesn’t like thick layers of fabric and its one-step buttonhole can go awry.

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The only other change I made was to taper the legs down a bit and shorten them by a couple of inches. Although I appreciate they’re meant to be really wide, 1940s-style, they completely swamped me!

For The Revival I wore them with my Sew Over It Penny Blouse hack I’d recently made (you can see it properly here) from some gorgeous Liberty Lawn, and I made a matching headscarf to go with it (and also matching handkerchief to go in hubby’s top pocket – see below). We had a fabulous day – it’s SUCH a great event with so much to see and do and I can highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in anything vintage, as well as car nuts like my hubby! Most people make a real effort and dress up in ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s outfits – I saw some absolute stunners! – and the whole event is like stepping back in time; the attention to detail is incredible.  There are more pics from The Revival over on my Instagram feed.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some more photos:

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