Vintage 50s Butterick 7308

by Leslie

in Vintage Sewing

   
A “Quick and Easy” 1950s summer frock which turned out to be truly quick and easy!
It only took me 2 days to cut out and sew this up–just in time for church on Easter morning.

Description: “You’ll live in this dress from breakfast to bedtime… love its becoming ways. Easy cropped sleeves cut in one with the bodice, a square cut necklinle with a contrast shutter collar, an expansively gored skirt” (from the pattern envelope)
Did it look like the illustration? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I did change things around a bit.
What did I like/dislike? Great pattern–easy to fit and to sew. Nice vintage look without using yards and yards of fabric!
Fabrics used: Slightly sheer cotton lawn from my stash; fine white cotton for collar; white cotton muslin for the underlining
Pattern alterations: I underlined the fashion fabric, since the print was somewhat sheer and ravelled badly!
I also changed the zipper from the side to the back, and put in an invisible zipper. This was a great change, even though it was necessary because I found the fabric had faded along some of the fold lines.
I didn’t make a belt.
Would I sew this again? Yes, I am planning on sewing it again without the collar. Maybe I’ll even change the neckline a little bit.
Conclusion: A great pattern!

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Starspangledheart April 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

So lovely!

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Leslie April 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Thank you!

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Lizzy April 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Very cute!

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Leslie April 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I appreciate the comments!

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Jenni April 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Sweet! Love the fabric.

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Leslie April 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thank you so much!

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LadyD April 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

Looks very authentic.

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Joyatri April 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

Very pretty fabric, and the fit looks wonderful. Well done!

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velosewer April 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

This dress has turned out really well and the photo gives it an authentic feel.

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