Saturday, January 05, 2013

FO: Butterick 6815, circa 1954

I had plans on making this dress all the way back in January 2011 - funny how time flies! This year I'm continuing my focus on vintage for day wear (i.e. work) so it was time to give this pattern a go.

Here is the lovely original Butterick 6815 (I made only the dress, far left).
A fairly fitted dress, with split kimono sleeves, turn back collar and gored skirt with box-pleat at the front.
From the Vintage Patterns Wiki

My delay in sewing this pattern up was the issues I might face grading from a 34 inch bust to a 39 - turns out I needn't have worried.
Once I measured out the pattern pieces I could see the finished bust size would sew up to 37 inches (3 inches of ease) so I only added .75 inch to the side of the bust, lowered the arm holes and lowered the bust dart points too.
It fit perfectly on the first toile!
The fabric I used was oxblood-red quilter's homespun (I wanted something I could wear in this 35 degree heat we're having). It has a great body - not too crisp, not too drapey.
I wore it dancing last night and it has a great swing to the skirt!
My Mods:
Only small alterations to get it to fit my larger bust and waist. Pretty much sewn as per instructions.
Overall Happiness Factor:
I will definitely use this pattern again, maybe in a gingham with contrast collar and belt. Or the taffeta like originally planned.
I think I can also use the bodice as a base to upsize other vintage patterns too.
Mental note - Next time interface the sleeve facings and try to add in-seam pockets.


Kimberly said...

yay! it turned out great!

MistressCatgirl said...

That looks really great! I love the awesome color.

Simone D. said...

Hey what a great job, it turned out lovely. I wish I had the sewing skills beyond Year 8 basics to do something similar. Looking forward to the cocktail taffeta version.

Anthea said...

I love the dress, the pattern is gorgeous and I also love the color of your fabric.

Knitting-twitter said...

I can only agree with what the Ladies before me said... very nice dress and what a super color..
ciao ciao Christa

BusyLizzie said...

I love the fit, style and colour. You have done a lovely job! Beautiful!

Eva said...

It looks fabulous.

Tasha said...

Love this! I have to work on figuring out width at the bust of pieces prior to sewing as I'm always being confounded by too much ease, I always laze out at that since it's not as easy as the waist (with darts and such). It's a really flattering style on you, and I love that neckline!

Jen (pieKnits) said...

Wow this is beautiful, great job!

Abby Horskins said...

The colour and dress are absolutely amzaing! They both suit you completely :)

Anita Fendrock said...

Stunning dress, and I adore the color!
xo, Anita

Lisa said...

Lady - you look divine. x

Shannon said...

Beautiful! said...

Gorgeous dress! I really love it!

norafinds said...

What a beautiful dress! That collar detail is just fabulous! I just found your blog and loving all the sewing you've done! Amazing!! I really need to get my sewing going!!


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