1950s

butterick 4919: pool-side party dress for a summer evening

September 9, 2011

Pattern Description:
Flared dress, fitted at bust, below midknee or floor length has back zipper and tie ends extending from bodice back.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
honestly, the instructions were fabulous and not what i was expecting at all! the dress was shockingly easy to put together and those few bits that had some confusion were easily explained in the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
the wrap-front brought a gorgeous new twist to a classic marilyn-inspired 50s design.

Fabric Used:
liberty of london tana lawn “lillian’s berries”
pink bemberg rayon lining from NY Elegant Fabrics
lining and dress trim from M&J Trimming

(image from Shaukat)

Construction:
shortened skirt by almost 10 inches (at least!) and finished hem with covered 1/2″ horsehair braid using the technique in Lynda Maynard’s Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. my cat tried to help with this, which made it extremely exciting and doubled the amount of time it should have taken. i did a hand-picked zipper and finished the top half of the zip–above the bow–with beads in the pickstitches.


Cross-posted at PatternReview
Cross-posted at puu’s door of time

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