Summertime Silk

by Laura Mae on September 23, 2011 · 4 comments

in 1940s

Now that the weather has decided to heat up, I am pullingout all my summer dresses before the heat decides to disappear until next year!
As further proof that I am obsessed with vintagereproduction patterns, here is yet another finished dress currently residing inmy closet.  This one is Butterick 5209, apattern originally printed in 1947.  

HaveI mentioned that I am absolutely in love with the styles of the 1940s?    I was first attracted to the halterversion, but decided that the cap sleeved look would be much morewearable.  And I am so glad I made thedecision – the sleeves are one of my favorite parts of the garment.
Now if only I had a big floppy hat like the one in thepattern illustration, I would be all set for my garden party!
 More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs and Lace.

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Isis September 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

Lovely dress in a lovely colour! :)


learningnewtricks September 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Very cute. I bought this pattern for the halter version, but now the sleeve option looks like a possibility. Next time you make it you should try the halter version in a floral pattern. The dress fits nicely and you did a fine job constructing it.


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns September 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

What a beautiful dress! That is such a flattering style with the "v" point, and what a pretty pastel shade of green.

Happy sewing!



Miss1941 October 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Gorgeous! This pattern is on my "to sew" list — it helps seeing a finished version of it!


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