50’s Striped Chevron Dress

This dress was made from a re-released vintage Butterick pattern (#5605). I used a white and kelly green stripe cotton and wanted to play with the placement of the stripes. I made a chevron at the bust, placed stripes horizontally on the side gussets and tried to run the stripes vertically on the circle skirt, which resulted in some more chevrons.

I love vintage patterns but sometimes it’s fun to make them a little more modern by modifiying them. I shortened the sleeves and skirt and adding a matching exposed zipper. It doesn’t read as a 50’s design to me anymore but I like the result. I don’t think I love anything I’ve ever made as much as I love this dress. It’s so perfect for the summer and I feel like magic happens whenever I wear it.

This dress was a challenge to assemble – I have more info, photos and links of the resources I used to make it at my blog here.

 

• Meet the Author • heatherlou


Montreal based commercial interior designer & novice sewist. Obsessed with vintage patterns, bright colour and graphic prints. Trying to replace shopping with sewing. Best hobby ever.


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16 comments… add one

  • This is the most beautiful dress I’ve seen in a long time! Perfection.

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  • Love it – great fabric choice and love the zippper

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  • Cute! I love all of the stripes going in different directions!

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  • Very cute. Love what you did here with the stripes and chevron!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  • Beautiful job using the stripes! And even though I’m usually a purist about keeping the styling original to the period, I love how you updated this to make it modern. Really impressed. Lovely job!

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  • Darling! Love the exposed zipper.

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  • Love it!

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  • Fantastic Job! You did a stellar job blending the retro and modern. Congratulations!

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  • Love the stripes. I think I may have wanted to cry trying to match them all up!

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  • Love love the chevrons!! What a great job with all the stripes. It’s a wonderful dress and you look great!

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  • My goodness! What an incredible use of the stipes. Fabulous job!

    Happy sewing,

    Katrina

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  • Just perfect! Love it

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  • This is absolutely fantastic!!! I hope you get to wear it heaps because it should be on show as much as possible

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  • Oh my gosh I LOVE this dress.
    You have done an amazing job with the stripes. I think I want to steal the idea for a project I have in mind for Butterick 4919 repro pattern. And the exposed zip is a fab idea to make the style a bit more modern. Well done!

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  • Thank you guys! I’m blushing like a beet. As for the stripes – it was actually way easier than I thought to line them all up properly, just a little more time consuming. Not half as annoying as trying to match patterns when the repeat isn’t as often.

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  • It’s delightful, love the green stripes and the dress!

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