I had a wedding to attend in August and I really didn’t feel like wearing any of my over-used wedding-appropriate dresses, so I decided it would be a good opportunity to try the Butterick 6582 reprint pattern. I used some lovely retro-y stretch cotton sateen that has a 50′s style paint effect rose print in turquoise and magenta. I really loved this fabric when I saw in an Essex fabric shop last year, but I try to use secondhand or stashed fabrics so walked away from it. My mum, bless her, noticed my reaction to it and went back and bought a couple of metres and gave it to me for my birthday!
I can’t give this pattern a fair review as I frankensteined it with a tried and true pattern which I had already perfected the fit of. But I can say that I’m really happy with the results, despite a couple of niggles which I am able to over look. It would be fun to make this pattern in an authentic vintage fabric from the era, but such fabric would be unlikely to contain any stretch content, and I can’t imagine spending the whole day in a wiggle dress without stretch in it. Not when eating and dancing are required!
More more info and pics on this creation, please check this blog post.
Happy retro sewing people!