My name is Kristen, and I live in beautiful Arlington, Virginia. I have been sewing for several years, but until fairly recently, I was firmly in favor of hand sewing rather than machine sewing. Well, a couple of months ago, I broke down and bought a machine when I got tired of having no cute clothes, and wanted the ability to whip up the cute retro dresses that I saw around at horribly inflated prices. I mostly like clothing from the 20s and 30s, although my lack of any discernable waistline or hips make pulling off those styles rather difficult (Oh my poor, beautiful discarded Vogue 2494) So, I’ve been making a lot of dresses from the 50s.
Just so it isn’t an all-text post, here is a picture of my most recent creation, a Butterick 4919, in dirt cheap (and worth every penny) taffeta. I know others here have made it, and so you know the unpleasantness that is this pattern. I’m happy with the final result, but I wonder if it was worth the unhappiness. The feather cap is vintage from the 1940s. The shoes are vintage Payless. I made it in about a day, as evidenced byt the awful seam up the center of the skirt. I’m wearing it with a makeshift crinoline, made the night before.