I used McCall 3615 as it was the 1940 pattern that was the closest match to the original dress design . It features gathers and overlapped seams on the bodice shoulder front, a really interesting waist detail, a great high side neck as well as gathered sleeves.
Here are some close-up shots of the fabric and pattern details. I just love the fit of the dress and the fabric design! I am also happy that I managed to line up the bodice lines with the seams in the skirt front.
Here's the back of the dress which is pretty basic. I probably could have made the bodice back slightly shorter but I'm also not standing up perfectly straight. Isn't this hat fabulous? I found it at a vintage store in Portland last year.
One of my favourite things about this pattern is the neckline. I just love the ever so slight high-neck look. I would love to make this dress in a plain fabric as well so that the bodice details would really jump out.
What about you? Have you ever thought of printing your own fabric?