Recently, I was lucky enough to grab some cheap but gorgeous rusty bengaline at my local fabric store and realised how perfect it would be for Butterick 6308, a repro from 1952.
The pattern itself was super easy to sew - I didn't even need a zip as the fabric was so stretchy.
Probably my favourite detail is the pointed cuffs - I didnt interface anything on the dress except these as I needed them to stick out slightly.
The back has some lovely double kick pleats, which I admit are painful to press into bengaline. I may try starching them to see if they'll stay put.
- Cut a size smaller all over to allow for the stretch fabric
- Lengthened the hem by an inch
- Shortened the bodice by half an inch (short waist)
- Lowered the under bust darts so they wern't so pointy.
Overall, very happy and super comfortable for work. I'm not sure I would make this again, as it's so distinctive, but maybe use it as a base for another dress.
- Shoes - Miss L Fire Lanai
- Hair Clip - Mimco
- Belt - my own
- 1940's sweetheart necklace - gift from Jakk
Enjpy your weekend, and don't forget, Curvy Month starts on 1 July!