Stage one: The pattern. My inspiration for the 1940's dress came from three different sources. First EvaDress's site with the pattern for a 1939 day or evening gown. Next was this beauty from the late 1930's/early 1940's as well. And finally this one from the early 1940's:
The pattern was a bit on the short skirt side so I added a few inches to the hem. The skirt itself came out like this:
If I get enough time tomorrow, I'd like to make a short jacket to go with the dress. Like I said, I'm going to have to chop the sleeves but this is what it looks like right now.