I love sewing dresses but I don’t usually sew vintage! My intuition must have known something I didn’t, because about three months ago when sewingpatterns.com had a Butterick sale I acquired Butterick Retro ’51; and then The Monthly Stitch chose Vintage Patterns for it’s second challenge.
I am really smitten by the bodice of this dress and in particular the neckline. I really like the version on the left of the envelope, but rather than a chiffon my fabric of choice was cotton voile – because I was also sewing this dress as part of the Fall for Cotton sew-along (yeah, two for one!)
I am SUPER happy with the dress and it’s construction. It feels fabulous to wear – fit and fabric.
The pattern didn’t provide for a lining – it was a dress and a separate slip. That didn’t make sense to me because the dress was very fitted through to the waist but the slip was just straight up and down??? So I went about making my own lining (as ya do!).
I really like the finished length – I shortened the skirt pattern by a good 5″. The dress makes me feel like a 1950’s domestic goddess, perhaps because this dress is so far removed from my normal style it makes me feel like someone other than myself 🙂