People who follow my instagram saw that I was working on a 40s dress from a pattern I bought a couple of years ago.  I made the dress on Labor Day weekend, but didn’t really wear it until recently.  I chose a very windy day to wear it, so my hat and dress were flying all over the place in the pumpkin patch (Thank God for the inventors of slips, petticoats, and hat pins).

This was the first dress I sewed, which was definitely an adventure.  I wish I had a more simple dress to try, as it was pretty challenging at times.  I kept looking at my sewing guide book (which wasn’t always too helpful) and watched youtube video tutorials for things like “how to sew button holes” and more.  My seem ripper was a great companion.  Although you can visibly see some mess-ups, I was happy with the result.  I had no one to literally teach or guide me and I thought I’d get frustrated, but I didn’t.  I had fun, but truly look more forward to learning how to quilt (as I’ve been planning to do since) than figure out how to piece patterns together correctly and hope that it would fit me (it did).

[Outfit details: Vintage gloves – Vintage Kats | Vintage hat – given to me by original owner | Dress from vintage 40s Pattern – on etsy (seller isn’t there any longer) | Double Daisy pin/clip – Lila-jo (sponsor) | Socks & Shoes – Modcloth]

Leto said he had wanted to be in pictures with me.  I asked Micah to join us, but he didn’t want to be in any. He was having fun just sitting in the wheel barrow. Leto’s face. . not sure what that was about, since I was looking at the camera haha.

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  1. You are so awesome! I love making things from scratch or by hand! It looks beautiful Victoria! Perfect for fall and summer too. I have making something by hand on my bucket list too, but I also have to learn how to just mend things first. I have my whole life to learn new things.

    Making a quilt sounds pretty awesome! Kyle’s grandma made us one for our wedding, a fall one and it is so pretty. I can’t even imagine how she made it, it is perfectly sewn. I hope that you make one and maybe take pics in the process, like a DIY post! Or maybe just sew one, lol.

    • I have always adored quilts soooo much. After I made this dress I bought a quilt making book and am so excited about the idea of cutting fabric and putting them together and creating blankets for everyone haha. That’s so nice of your grandma-in-law to do for you two!! It must be so pretty!!! I will try to definitely take pictures during the quilting process. I won’t be making anything until probably January though. I am slowly getting the stuff to do it.

  2. I love this dress!!!! You did an awesome job! And that fabric is just beautiful! You look gorgeous! I have a ton of vintage sewing patterns that I’ve been wanting to put together, but so far the only dresses I’ve made have been for my little Astair. Go for the quilt!! You’ll have so much fun with it 🙂 And compared to that dress pattern, quilting should be a piece of cake for you 😉

  3. It looks absolutely lovely!! you did an awesome job!! and you look gorgeous wearing it, too! I have a ton of vintage dress patterns i’ve been wanting to make, but so far I’ve only made my little Astair dresses. Quilting should be a piece of cake for you compared to this 🙂

  4. You did such an amazing job for your first dress though – and you used a vintage pattern 🙂

  5. The dress looks fantastic! That’s really impressive. I know how hard it is to sew something. I couldn’t even sew a bag when I tried! haha. I think I need a little more patience when it comes to stuff like that.

  6. Looks lovely, dear! I made a Victorian dress once, without anyone teaching me. I did it right after my freshman year of college. It took so long and made me realize that I don’t like sewing, so I eventually gave my sewing machine to my sister-in-law, who majored in fashion. 🙂 At least it’s being used now! I hope you enjoyed learning how to sew!

    • Do you have a picture of your dress that you made? That is a shame that you didn’t enjoy the process of it I am glad your sewing machine has good use out of it since by your sister-in-law.

      • Huh. I don’t think I do, actually. I wonder if I even kept it. I wore it a number of times — for my job at Ringwood Manor, for Halloween… but I don’t think I ever took a picture. Silly, silly Rachel. That was before Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram, and even MySpace I think. Or My Space was just dawning. So no, there’s no account of it. Yeah, I wish I liked sewing too.

  7. Amazing dress- I love the buttons down the back (like you I have a bit of a thing for good buttons). I’m really impressed you made it! I get terribly impatient with sewing and always lose my temper and end up giving it to my mum.

  8. wow! you’re amazing! nice job! it looks so pretty!

  9. Nice dress, I wish I could sew, too! I can hem stuff, sew on buttons and the like. My gran taught me to do little stuff because she always says you have be able to take care of your self. I have been thinking about all of the projects I want to make in my size and can’t get my mother to sew for me. She literally has to be in the mood, and that mood only comes about every 5 years or so, LOL. Its funny because when I was little, she made all of my clothes. Said it was more out of necessity than anything else.

    • That is sad your mom doesn’t help as much as you’d like her to. I am glad your gran was able to teach you a bit. Perhaps you can do what I tried to do. . .teach myself from books and tutorials. It was hard, but it was a good way to try and learn!

  10. my goodness you did a wonderful job! some of those techniques are pretty compliacted – i can never get past sewing a zipper myself. i stick to easy things! it turned out great and looks AMAZING on you

    ❤ katherineof corgis and cocktails

  11. […] to see me quilting. I had never known this before. The last time I sewed anything was when I made this dress. Funny, how in re-reading it I said how I couldn’t wait to learn how to quilt. I had bought a […]


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (


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