Free Offer
15 Sewing Patterns for Women's Dresses & Other Pretty Project

Never worry about someone else wearing the same dress as you again when you sew your own pretty dresses! Check out this FREE eBook now!

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

1940s Pin Up Dress Tutorial

1940s Pin Up Dress Tutorial
1940s Pin Up Dress Tutorial
This image courtesy of

Make a gorgeous spring dress that's a modern take on classic 1940s Hollywood with this 1940s Pin Up Dress Tutorial. Inspired by old Hollywood glam, this DIY skater dress is the perfect excuse to play with color and print this year, and shows you how to make a trendy keyhole neckline. Made with 2.5 yards of fun printed knit fabric, this free dress tutorial walks you through each step of the design process, from how to draft your bodice pattern to how to create your neckline, so that you don't have to worry about any guesswork. Simple pick a pretty print and practice creating your victory rolls, because this vintage sewing project is one you don't want to miss!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Sewn byMachine


Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Link does NOT work, so disappointed!

Two stars because it's cute, though I have no idea what about it says "forties"-short flared skirts and that gigantic cutout in front remind me more of the eighties era. I would have given more stars if I could access the project-all I'm seeing is a page of gibberish.

Hi sheeshcalmdown, it appears the blogger's page is temporarily down. We'll try to get this page up and running as soon as possible. Thanks for letting us know!

I only gave one star because I can't access the project. I get warnings every time I click the link. Please fix. The dress is very cute and I'd love to see how to make it. Thanks.

Hi cakh2014, it appears the blogger's page is temporarily down. We'll try to get this page up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

I love anything vintage and especially the 40's! If you use a strong horizontal print, you may want to make sure the waist seam to the bodice aligns up correctly for the proper look. If it is a tricky geometric print, then the addition of a belt, or a solid fabric stitched sash would solve any visual unevenness. Love the cute keyhole neckline!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Winter Garden Purse Pattern

Make a purse that will add some green to the grey skies and cold snowy days of winter this season when you make the Winter Garden… Continue reading: "Winter Garden Purse Pattern"

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite patterns
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your patterns


Connect With Us

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Subscribe Share Your Project Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It